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2015 SWAT

The Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team is called out in average about 10 to 12 time a year, in both "planned" and "unplanned" events. In the last two years, the SWAT Team has averaged 30 calls a year, being been called out for more "unplanned" events during that time than in the previous 6 years combined.

  • "Planned" S.W.A.T. events involve supporting or executing a search warrant
  • "Unplanned" S.W.A.T. events are any other calls not related to search warrant activity

Every call for the S.W.A.T. team requires pulling at least one patrol deputy from the street, on average two working deputies are called per SWAT call with more being called out depending on the type of call and the length of time on the call. Unplanned events typically last several hours and end up overlapping patrol shifts, pulling about four deputies off the street during the call. In addition to the patrol deputies, officers from the Investigations and Special Investigations Units may be pulled to the call.

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