Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit is a team of highly trained officers tasked with the safe remedy of hostage situations, barricaded suspects and sniper incidents. It also provides dignitary protection and the processing of high-risk arrest and search warrants. Each officer assigned to this unit is required to pass a rigorous physical fitness test and demonstrate firearm proficiency under stressful conditions. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit is supported by three specialized details:
- The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Detail consists of officers specially trained to respond to threats of terrorist groups and the munitions they use. They must learn to detect, disarm and dispose of various types of explosives, incendiaries, and ordnance. The detail utilizes a canine and handler trained in the detection of explosives.
- The Underwater Search/Rescue Detail is utilized to search those areas covered by water for articles, evidence and drowning victims. Officers in this detail are certified divers.
- The Hostage Negotiation Detail consists of officers trained in crisis management and conflict resolution. Other than situations involving hostages, The Hostage Negotiation Detail is employed when an armed person becomes suicidal during a confrontation.