The primary responsibility of the Special Response Team (SWAT) is the resolution of difficult police situations outside the realm of the ordinary patrol response through the use of developed skills, tactics, and specialized equipment or capabilities.
Incidents which meet these criteria include but are not limited to:
- Barricade situations
- High risk apprehension or warrant service
- High risk surveillance
- Hostage situations
- Personal protection details
- Sniper situations
The second responsibility of SWAT is to provide a wide range of police services in furtherance of the Police Department's goals and objectives.
SWAT is comprised of highly trained, skilled and dedicated officers. Because of the various jobs that SWAT is tasked to handle, the team has officers trained in tactical operations, as well as negotiations and emergency medicine. While it is always the primary goal to resolve every situation faced with no injury nor loss of life, the current realities of the world we live in do not allow for this outcome, all the time.