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Deployed local SWAT team reacts after returning from Baltimore

(PHOTO: Twitter/ Butler County Sheriff) (PHOTO: Twitter/ Butler County Sheriff)
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Life is back to normal for six area SWAT officers sent on a mission with no script last week not knowing what they were getting into.

Those members of the Butler County Regional SWAT Team deployed to help with the chaos in Baltimore early last week. They were sent by Sheriff Richard Jones amid a call for more law enforcement officers by Maryland officials to help with the riots and protests that have broken out since the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

"We didn't know what we were going into. We just wanted to get up there and figure out where we were most useful,” said Lt. Morgan Dallman of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

Butler County Sheriff's Office Lt. Morgan Dallman is one of six SWAT team members that had to gear up and head out last week to take the 500-mile trip to help officers in Baltimore.

“We went up there to help the police, but as a whole, we want the community to rebuild,” said Dallman, who is also the SWAT commander.

Once they arrived, the team was sworn in by officers in Maryland and given their assignment. They were put on standby as a special response team if anything involving a tactical presence were to arise, and eventually moved to provide security for a police precinct in Baltimore, as well as act as a gas deployment team had anything broken out there.

"Definitely a different environment than what we're used to,” said Dallman. “We came equipped for about anything. We had riot gear. We had our tactical equipment.”

Dallman has been doing SWAT work for about 16 years. He says the members of the team were met with mixed emotions from the public in Baltimore – some good, some bad. But, he says the trip was a learning experience that doesn't regret being a part of.

"It does give us an opportunity to look at our form of policing to make sure we're doing everything that we can to meet all the needs of our citizens,” Dallman told FOX19 NOW.

The call for more officers went out after a state of emergency was declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, as well as a request from the state for as many as 5,000 more officers from other states. Dallman said his crew from Butler County, as far as he is aware, was the only crew in Baltimore at the time from Ohio.

The team returned to the Tri-State on Friday. In 2005, Butler County also offered a helping hand by lending resources to recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

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