The mission of the SWAT Team is to provide a well-disciplined, well-trained, efficient unit, which can be utilized by the Chief of Police in situations where the public and individual officers are in extreme danger and at a distinct disadvantage.
Staff and Personnel
SWAT, which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics, is made up of 20 full-time, sworn personnel that are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in addition to their regular duties and assignments. The Team is commanded by Lt. Keith Campbell who was appointed by the Chief of Police and is under the direct supervision of the Operations Division Commander. Each team member must meet strict requirements and goes through a rigorous selection process to be selected. The Team trains on a monthly basis to be prepared to handle a variety of high-risk critical incidents.
When a situation dictates the need of the specialized equipment and the tactically trained personnel that the SWAT Team is comprised of, the Team responds and assumes tactical command of the incident. The Team is utilized for incidents such as hostage situations and negotiations, barricaded suspects, service of high-risk arrest warrants, service of high-risk search warrants, searches for armed subjects, VIP protection, stakeouts and undercover surveillance, civil disorder and other special events. SWAT handles any incident, which has a propensity for armed confrontations, which thorough containment and specialized tactics would more likely be resolved without injury or loss of life.