The Sheriff’s SWAT team is a designated unit of law enforcement officers that is selected, specifically trained and equipped to work as a coordinated team to respond to critical incidents including but not limited to, hostage taking, barricaded suspects, snipers, terrorist acts, and other high risk incidents. These incidents are often times so hazardous, complex, or unusual that they exceed the capabilities of first responders or other units.
The majority of the Specialized Enforcement Division deputies serve on the Departments SWAT Team. SWAT personnel train a minimum of 36 hours a month in a variety of topics including: crisis negotiation, marksmanship, non-lethal weapons, rappelling, airborne operations, and hostage rescue tactics. SWAT team members are rigorously trained in the use of specialized tactics and equipment designed to promote the peaceful resolution of critical incidents. Many of the specialty skills derived from SWAT training are beneficial to members during their daily duties, which frequently bring team members in contact with violent and/or armed suspects.
In 2015, the Specialized Enforcement Division implemented the state’s first P.O.S.T. approved 120-hour Basic SWAT School. Many local, state, and federal agencies send their employees to the Specialized Enforcement Division, to obtain their foundational SWAT training.