Lt. Ian Bucs
Sgt. Courtney Ellington
Our department has a highly trained group of officers who serve on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team commonly referred to as SWAT. The SWAT Team is trained to serve search warrants, handle barricaded subjects, and perform hostage rescues.
Each SWAT Team member serves in the patrol division and is assigned to a patrol shift. They perform routine police officer duties while on their shift but they have access to specialty equipment. Each member also performs roll call shift training on tactics to ensure that officers are kept up to date with the latest training. Unlike other officers in the patrol division they are not given a choice of shift, but they are assigned to a particular shift. This ensures that our Township has a SWAT Team officer working around the clock.
Selection to the team is very competitive and each candidate must complete a battery of tactical exercises, range exercises, and a physical fitness test. The selection process only commences when there is an opening on the thirteen officer unit which is rare. After selection it takes a new member almost one year before they can take part of Team Missions. The unit is commanded by a lieutenant who has at least one sergeant serving as an assistant team leader. All supervisors assigned to SWAT attend all team training sessions and are able to perform in the same capacity as the others assigned to the unit.