The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was created in May 2001, and consists of 18 officers, three team leaders, and two commanders. A negotiation commander, team leader, and six negotiators were added to the team in November 2002.
The SWAT Team is trained and equipped to respond to critical incidents and other high risk situations. These incidents can range from extricating a barricaded subject from a building to responding to an active shooter that requires immediate and rapid deployment of manpower.
The team currently trains a minimum of two 10-hour days per month, devoting time to tactical training, range skills, and physical fitness. It is the Police Department's belief that through continued training, this team will allow the City the ability to address whatever critical incident it may face.