The Police Department’s Tactical Team consists of highly skilled and specially equipped officers. Members of the tactical team receive advanced tactical training in the use of specialized weapons such as rifles, sub machineguns, shotguns, explosives, and chemical agents. These officers begin their career with the Tactical Unit by successfully completing a Tactical Operations Course consisting of over 80 hours of grueling physical and mental training. After successfully completing the initial course, officers go on to receive training in specialized areas of tactical operations.
Not every officer in the Department has the motivation and/or dedication required to be a member of the Tactical Team. To qualify for this volunteer assignment, officers must complete a physical fitness examination, demonstrate expert marksmanship, and submit to an oral interview. Officers on the Team truly represent the finest the Police Department has to offer.
The Tactical Team is called upon anytime a specialized tactical response is needed and general patrol officers lack the resources to handle such response. The Tactical Team may be called upon to handle any of the following critical incidents:
• Hostage Situations
• Barricaded Wanted and/or Barricaded Suicidal Persons
• High-Risk Warrant Service
• Riots/Crowd Control
• Escaped High-Risk Prisoners
• Mutual Aid for other specialized SRT related teams
• Search and Rescue
The Police Department also has negotiators who can respond to barricade, hostage, or suicidal situations. The negotiators have received specialized training from the federal and state law enforcement academies and are specially-trained to deal with emotionally disturbed individuals. The negotiators can make use of specialized equipment such as wireless technology and tactical communication sets to conduct negotiations with armed individuals, if necessary.