The presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to be a life saving resource that can substantially reduce the risk of injury and loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects, when called upon to assist in the resolution of critical incidents. It has been the intent of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department to establish and maintain such a unit.
The primary responsibility of the S.W.A.T. division is the resolution of difficult police situations outside the realm of the ordinary patrol response, through the use of developed skills, tactics and specialized equipment / capabilities. The secondary responsibility of the S.W.A.T. unit is to provide a wide range of police services, in furtherance of departmental goals and objectives.