|Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.)
1. What type of guns do you carry?
We carry .40 caliber handguns and are issued
either a MP-5 sub-machine gun or a Benelli shotgun.
How many members are on the SWAT Team?
There are twenty-four (24) members on the
team. Eight (8) officers are assigned to the full-time team (METRO) and
sixteen (16) officers are assigned as collateral duty officers.
3. Why do you evacuate homes and other
buildings during SWAT Call-outs?
During any incident the SWAT Team is
activated for, our primary concern is public safety. Therefore, when SWAT
officers respond to an incident, we evacuate homes and other buildings to
ensure public safety.
4. Why do you wear hoods?
The hoods are made of Nomex, which is a
material that is fire resistant. This protects SWAT officers from the
chemical, fire or glass hazards we may encounter.
5. Why do SWAT operations take so long to
Our goal is the public’s safety. Therefore,
we plan a great deal before conducting any SWAT operation, in the hopes that
the incident can be resolved with the least amount of damage to property and
the safe apprehension of the suspect(s) involved. Due to the lengthy
planning, the movement of personnel and the use of all available resources,
SWAT operations often take a great deal of time.