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Special Weapons and Tactics Team
|Address: 304 Albemarle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322|
The Chesapeake Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is a highly trained unit that is called upon for special operations that are beyond the scope of normal Department resources. They handle many different types of scenarios including barricaded persons, hostage situations, high-risk warrant service, high-risk surveillance, maritime security and dignitary protection. Additionally, the SWAT Team has been called upon to perform search and rescue operations involving lost persons.
The SWAT Team is a collateral duty unit comprised of several sworn officers serving in various capacities across the Department. SWAT officer candidates endure a rigorous screening process, complete a Basic SWAT Operator School and, if successful, later join the Team from a ranked eligibility list as positions become available.
In addition to serving as a SWAT Operator, several Team members also serve as Snipers or Breachers. Snipers specialize in precision long-rifle marksmanship and receive additional weapons and tactics training each month. Breachers are responsible for creating Team entry points through doors, windows and walls using a variety of implements and also receive additional training each month.
The SWAT Team is supported by Tactical Paramedics and Physicians who monitor the health and safety of SWAT officers and citizens; specially trained Tactical K-9 Teams who assist with locating barricaded suspects; and specially trained Tactical Dispatchers who record time sensitive data required for command decision making. Additionally, the SWAT Team works very closely with the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) for hostage situations, barricaded person operations and high-risk warrant services.