The SWAT Team responds to emergencies requiring the use of special weapons and tactics that exceed the standard capabilities of Patrol Deputies. The SWAT Team is assisted by the Hostage Negotiations Team and the SWAT Communications Team. One or more of the teams may be utilized, depending on the nature of the incident.
The SWAT Team consists of 21 members and is currently supervised by one Lieutenant and two Sergeants. The SWAT Team is composed of dedicated members who are highly trained in the use of specialized weapons, equipment and tactical deployment. The SWAT Team is called upon when there is a hostage situation, armed suspect(s) are barricaded in a building, during riots or civil disobedience, or in case of a high-risk arrest or search warrant. The SWAT Team is also used for special events and to provide protection for high-risk inmate transports and executive protection for visiting dignitaries. Due to the danger involved in many of these situations, tactical plans are carefully developed to assure the safety of deputies and the public.
Hostage Negotiations Team
The Hostage Negotiations Team's purpose is to establish a relationship with the suspect in an attempt to build trust and encourage a peaceful resolution to the incident. The negotiators are trained and experienced professionals who maintain communications with the suspect while formulating and implementing a negotiation plan.
The Communications Team is comprised of professionally trained and highly experienced communications technicians. They provide complete, concise and accurate communications at SWAT incidents in order to coordinate medical and other law enforcement support.