The Richland Special Weapons and Tactics team (also known as S.W.A.T.) is a unit used when all other means of “service and protection” are exhausted by Patrol Operations. The City of Richland is honored to have a group of men who are dedicated when expectations are exceeded beyond normal situations. Law enforcement officers are trained to save lives. This applies to high risk tactical operations also. Society has changed over the years and so has Law Enforcement techniques. When an incident is measured beyond normal capabilities for Patrol Operations, the S.W.A.T. team is called to contend and defuse the situation at hand.
Since its inception in 2006, the S.W.A.T. team has endured many obstacles. Every member is certified through the State of Mississippi basic S.W.A.T. and Advanced S.W.A.T. schools. Each member has to qualify and re-qualify every year. Standards for S.W.A.T. team members are at a degree of difficulty not fit for normal physical and mental aspects. Extensive training is paramount. The members are very proficient and have a knowledge of many different types of weapons which includes lethal and non-lethal weapons.
- High risk warrant
- Barricaded subjects
- Vehicle assault
- Suicidal individuals
- Officer rescue
- Surveillance operations
The S.W.A.T. team consists of seven members, two snipers, negotiator, and one driver.