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The formation of a special purpose tactical squad evolves from the concept that a team can more effectively and safely be employed in an enforcement confrontation than a larger or lesser trained group of people.

A tactical squad will consist of a group of highly motivated, well-conditioned, specially equipped individuals trained to function in tactical oneness under a variety of situations. It is believed that in confronting a criminal with such a superior force any inclination to violent resistance will be discouraged.

The objective of the SWAT team is to utilize the minimum amount of force necessary to achieve a successful conclusion of an operation, with minimum hazard to citizens, property, and deputies involved. SWAT’s mission is to save lives.

SWAT is a support element of the department and will be utilized when a situation requires the use of their specialized capabilities. SWAT will implement and carry out appropriate tactics in situations that call for law enforcement intervention.

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