The SWAT Team is an elite tactical unit in the Sheriff's Office. SWAT deputies are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular deputies. Team members' duties include but are not limited to: performing hostage rescues and counter-terrorism operations; serving high-risk arrest and search warrants; subduing barricaded suspects; and engaging heavily armed criminals. The SWAT Team is equipped with specialized weaponry and equipment, in order to bring high-risk and/or critical incidents to a successful conclusion, and reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, peace officers, and suspects.
The SWAT Team is available to local, regional, state and federal law enforcement agencies upon request, and approval of the Sheriff or his/her designated representative.
The Crisis Negotiations Team is comprised of highly trained negotiators, who through persuasion, communication and rapport-building, will minimize the need for force, complement the mission of the SWAT Team, and bring the existing crisis to a successful resolution. This team has been specifically trained and equipped to diffuse critical incidents through the use of verbal communication.
The SWAT Team was established in 1975. The team was comprised of two sergeants and eight deputies. The original equipment consisted of weapons confiscated from property and evidence, and training was one day per month.
In 2002, the SWAT Team began to integrate with the CNT. The teams are unique to themselves but complement one another toward resolution of critical incidents that necessitate their specialty. The current SWAT and CNT consists 1 Lieutenant, 4 SWAT Sergeants, 2 CNT Sergeants, 16 SWAT Deputies, and 8 CNT Deputies.
The SWAT Team trains twice monthly 10 hours a day in many different disciplines and is on-call 24 hours/7 days a week.
Members of the CNT train once a month for 10 hours and are on-call 24 hours a day. The team utilizes a tactical command post that also utilizes tactical dispatchers.