Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) was formed in 1983 as a specialized operational intervention unit, which can be activated to resolve non-routine police problems.


The unit requires strict discipline, physical excellence, a high degree of mental fitness, and the ability to excel in the assigned expertise.


Situations that may require the activation of SWAT:
  • Armed suicidal persons
  • Barricaded persons
  • Civil disturbance
  • Dignitary protection
  • Hostage situations
  • Sniper situations
  • Terrorist incidents
  • Warrant service on felony arrests involving the possible use of a weapon
  • Any other incident deemed necessary by the chief of police or other designee

Hostage Negotiation Team (H.N.T) 

The Hostage Negotiation Team consists of one captain and five patrol officers that respond to incidents involving hostages or suspects who have barricaded themselves in the building.

At the scene, the Hostage Negotiators and SWAT work together to attempt to conclude an incident without injury to the suspect, hostages, or officers.