The mission of SWAT is to support the Sheriff’s Office with a tactical response to critical Incidents such as:

  • Barricaded subject(s)
  • Hostage situations
  • Sniper situations
  • High-risk apprehension
  • High-risk warrant service
  • Dignitary protection
  • Special assignments 
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Response
  • Jail Searches

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team shall provide the citizens of Jefferson County with a highly trained,versatile unit, available on a 24 hours a day basis, capable of safely and successfully resolving a variety of situations. SWAT members shall maintain the highest degree of professionalism by the following means:

  • A deep abiding reverence for human life, resulting in a firm resolve that all possible tactical alternatives be exhausted before employing deadly force.
  • A conviction that consistent and intensive training is tantamount to continued success in all operational aspects of the team.
  • A commitment to the belief that members of this entity must function as a team.
  • That the overall success of each mission is a direct result of individual team members acting in concert with one another.
  • An enduring effort by each team member to maintain the high standards of mental and physical health. 
  • That vital tactical skills be maintained through an ongoing documented training program. A continuing process of honest introspection into workings of the team for the purpose of guarding against complacency and mediocrity.
  • Above all, recognition that we are part of a larger organization, the department. That our level of success is dependent, in large measure, on the support of the Sheriff, the department, and all entities within.
  1. Brian Rossomanno