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The formation of a special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) 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 law enforcement officers.

The Jones County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team consists of a group of highly motivated, well-conditioned, specially equipped law enforcement and support professionals 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 Jones County Sheriff's Department 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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