The Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team’s primary responsibility is to save lives. To that end, SWAT will respond to barricaded persons, hostage incidents and emotionally disturbed persons who pose a threat to the community. In addition, the SWAT Team functions as a mobile, flexible force for special police problems that require a highly trained, specially equipped, and disciplined unit. Special problems that may require a SWAT Team response include civil disturbances, surveillance, security details, fugitive apprehension, high-risk search warrants and special assignments from the Chief of Police. SWAT members are officers drawn primarily from the Patrol Division, extensively trained and functioning part-time, as needed, in their SWAT role. SWAT operators are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.