Ada Metro S.W.A.T. is maintained for the purpose of handling hazardous situations, which are beyond the normal operations of patrol deputies, investigators or outside agencies that request assistance. These hazardous situations will inherently require the need for special tactics, equipment and/or weapons for a safe resolution. The unit has been established to provide specialized support in handling critical field operations where intense negotiations and special tactical deployment methods are required.
Some situations that may call for the uses of SWAT are:
- High-Risk Warrant Service (I.E. Drugs, Guns, Etc.)
- Service Of Warrants On Heavily Fortified Locations
- Barricaded Suspects
- SnipersHostage Situations
- Civil Disturbances
- Dignitary Protection
- Searches For Armed Suspects
- Institutional Insurrections
- High Risk Prisoner Transports
- High Risk Suicidal Persons
Ada Metro S.W.A.T. is made up of members from the following Public Safety Agencies:
- Ada County Sheriff’s Office
- Meridian Police Department
- Garden City Police Department
- Ada County Paramedics
This combining of resources allows us to save taxpayer money while fielding an expert team of S.W.A.T. Operators with the equipment needed to safely resolve high-risk situations.
The goal of all S.W.A.T. activations is the safe resolution of a high-risk incident with no injury to hostages, uninvolved citizens, law enforcement officers or suspects.
To become a member, the candidate goes through a rigorous competitive selection and testing process. Once selected, each member must successfully complete a basic SWAT operator’s school. From that point on training is continuous being both physically and mentally demanding.
The Ada Metro SWAT Team members reach out to the public by attending various community events each year. The team members frequently provide educational demonstrations or lectures to various groups. They are frequently invited to schools or other public events where they challenge children with a miniature SWAT obstacle course.
The Crisis Negotiations Team is a critical component of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit. CNT team members are deputies that have extensive training in crisis intervention and tactical communication. The team is composed of team leaders, operators and logistics staff. They respond to calls where a person is suicidal, barricaded inside a home or building and to hostage situations. Each situation has unique circumstances that place demand on the team members. Often times, weapons and threats of violence are involved. The negotiators’ goal is to achieve cooperative communications that result in voluntary surrender and peaceful resolutions. The CNT works in concert with SWAT to safely and effectively respond to critical situations. The ultimate goal of the Crisis Negotiations Team is to help men and women who are in crisis realize a safe, peaceful end to a situation.