Minneapolis police officer wins national reality show

Minneapolis police officer Tony Caspers, a 22-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, has won the Outdoor Channel reality show “Elite Tactical Unit.” Officer Caspers won in a shootout competition over Dallas Police Department SWAT officer Scott McDonnold in the finale that aired Wednesday, March 20.

Officer Caspers has been with MPD SWAT since 1994 and is the senior member of the Entry Team. He is an active competitive shooter and a nationally known tactical operations trainer. During his career with the MPD, Officer Caspers has worked as a narcotics officer, weapons investigator and canine handler and has received both the Department’s Medal of Valor and its Lifesaving Award. He was part of the MPD team that took first place honors for a US team and second place overall against international teams in the 2011 U.S. SWAT Nationals.

The 13-episode TV show featured 14 SWAT personnel from 10 of the country’s most elite police SWAT teams including the police departments in Los Angeles, Dallas Chicago and Atlanta. The show placed officers in two, seven-man teams who competed in a variety of simulated, high-risk policing missions. In the final episode two officers competed for the top spot.

Officer Caspers won the final competition and dedicated his win to SWAT and police officers around the country. As a part of his recognition for winning, Officer Caspers received a cash award and the department received a check for $100,000.

To see Officer Caspers in action, visit http://outdoorchannel.com/showvideos.aspx?show-id=317

Published Mar. 21, 2013