Established in 1996, this team of highly skilled DPS personnel utilizes Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) to resolve "extreme high risk incidents" that are beyond the scope of operations.
The SWAT Team has an authorized strength of 1 Team Commander (Deputy Chief), 1 Team Leader (Sergeant), 12 Operators (Police), 2 Tactical Medic (Firefighter / Medic) and 2 Scribe-Recorders (Tactical Dispatchers). The SWAT Team works in close conjunction with the department's negotiations team (CNT) to peacefully resolve incidents.
The team responds to emergency situations when needed. The decision to activate the team rests with the Chief, but shift supervisors can activate the team based on specific criteria.
Diminish the likelihood of someone being injured or killed, and to diminish additional shots being fired
Substantially reduce or altogether eliminate the risk of injury to all involved
Achieve a peaceful resolution of the situation
Properly employ time, tools, and tactics to our advantage
SWAT team members receive training in specialized weapons, tactics, and munitions.
Team members attend monthly trainings aside from normal patrol or fire-rescue training.
Team members also attend outside training such as the annual National Tactical Officer's Association (NTOA) conference and hosting special tactics training.