The Team of Special Weapons and Tactics is a highly trained unit that specialize and respond to emergency situations. Their focus is crime prevention, apprehension and the control of any crime that commands specialized skill and training.
SWAT, which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics, is made up of Eight dedicated Officers that are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is in addition to their regular duties and assignments. The Team operates under the direct supervision of the Laurinburg Police Command Staff. Each team member must meet strict requirements and goes through a rigorous selection process to be selected. The Team trains on a monthly basis to be prepared to handle a variety of high-risk critical incidents.
The following are examples of situations that, by their potentially violent and/or specialized nature, indicate the recommendation of SWAT Team mobilization.
- Armed suspect(s) with hostages.
- Rescue of hostages(s), trapped or isolated officers.
- Sniper or suspected sniper.
- Barricaded gunman or suspected barricaded gunman.
- Use of chemical agents.
- Service of search warrants on violent or potentially violent suspect(s).
- Arrest of violent or potentially violent suspect(s).
- Protection of police and firefighter personnel or equipment involved in the suppression of civil disorder.
- Riot or potential riot.
- Civil disorder.
- Any situation that requires or potentially requires the use of the SWAT Teams specialized training, tactics, and equipment.
The Tactical Medic is trained with the skills to provide medical support to Law Enforcement SWAT Teams. The medics provide general medical support for the team throughout the mission. Environment, as well as any kind of injury or illness, can affect an officer’s effectiveness to complete the mission. The tactical medic is the team’s “medical conscience”. As the violence associated with Drug Activity and crime continue to increase, the ability to have these qualified and highly trained individuals are becoming a national standard among SWAT Teams across the nation.