Police Department, Department Guide
Police Services Division, Special Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.)
Special Weapons and Tactics Team is comprised of officers and supervisors
who receive specialized training in weaponry, less lethal munitions, tactical
responses, and negotiations. SWAT is a collateral assignment with members
having primary assignments within the department such as watch officer, detective,
school resource officer, etc. Team members also include administrative support
personnel from Patrol Services and Firefighter Paramedics from the Longmont
Fire Department. The team's "medics" provide Tactical Emergency
Medical Services during operations.
The team is on call 24 hours a day all year long to provide assistance to
any division, section, or unit within the department. From time to time, the
team is also requested by outside agencies to assist them with critical incidents.
The types of incidents the team provides assistance with are: barricaded suspects;
hostage situations; service of high-risk search and/or arrest warrants; sniper
incidents; apprehension of armed and dangerous fugitives; civil disorder and/or
crowd control; VIP protection; directed patrol operations; and major case
team is also utilized as a training resource for the department in areas such
as firearms, less lethal weaponry and munitions, crowd control, and rapid
emergency deployment. In addition, the team is actively involved in community
education through public relations appearances and demonstrations.
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