Presentation on theme: "Pierce County Sheriff’s Department"— Presentation transcript:
1 Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWATSpecial Weapons and Tactics
2 General Team Duties:Handle any situation beyond the capability of patrol officers to safely manage, for example:Apprehension of barricaded subjectsHigh-risk warrant serviceNarcotics raidsSafe recovery of hostages and others in hazardous situationsContainment, Intelligence and NegotiationProviding tactical support to other teams and organizations in the area“Our goal is to return normalcy to chaos.”Sgt. Jim Heishman,PCSD SWAT Commander
3 Individual Duties: Retain their normal patrol duties Train in entry tacticsTrain in a secondary duty assignment, for example:MarksmanLess-lethal Weapons OperatorChemical Agent SpecialistTactical/Field MedicineSpecialized Equipment OperatorNegotiation
4 SWAT Team Composition: Team consists of 26 members, including:Team Commander: Sergeant Jim Heishman3 Team Leaders:Sergeant Russ WilderDetective Mike AmesDetective Kim Pecheos4 Negotiators4 Counter-snipersEntry officers with secondary duties
5 Training:The team trains twice a month, with one 3-day training exercise on McNeil Island once a year.Training consists of various simulations, usage and selection of equipment and weapons, intelligence gathering, and training in emerging trends, such as school shootings and homeland security.PCSD SWAT often trains with other teams and organizations, such as search & rescue, air services, dive teams, and bomb squads.
6 Area of Responsibility: PCSD SWAT operates primarily in the unincorporated areas of Pierce County:1,679 square milesApproximately 460,000 peoplePCSD SWAT is also in an agreement to provide tactical services to McChord Air Force Base and Ft. Lewis“We rely on them to protect our country…and they rely on us to protect their families…”Sgt. Jim Heishman,PCSD SWAT Commander
7 Other Agencies: There are 2 other teams in Pierce County: Tacoma Police Department SWATMetro Pierce SWAT
8 Other Agencies: There are 2 other teams in Pierce County: Tacoma Police Department SWATMetro Pierce SWATMetro Pierce SWAT is a joint effort between the cities of:Lakewood Steilacoom Dupont Puyallup Fife Milton Bonney Lake Sumner
10 Interagency Cooperation: Tacoma, Metro Pierce and PCSD SWAT Teams are able to provide tactical support to each other in lengthy standoffs or major events.
11 Interagency Cooperation: Tacoma, Metro Pierce and PCSD SWAT Teams are able to provide tactical support to each other in lengthy standoffs or major events.Both PCSD and Metro Pierce SWAT provided support to Tacoma SWAT during the shooting and subsequent hostage situation at the Tacoma Mall on November 20th, 2005.
12 Interagency Cooperation: Tacoma, Metro Pierce and PCSD SWAT Teams are able to provide tactical support to each other in lengthy standoffs or major events.Both PCSD and Metro Pierce SWAT provided support to Tacoma SWAT during the shooting and subsequent hostage situation at the Tacoma Mall on November 20th, 2005.If a barricaded subject or hostage situation lasts for an extended period of time, area SWAT teams will be able to provide relief in a rotation, so a “fresh” team is always available if needed.
13 Qualifications and Hiring: Must be with the PCSD for at least 3 yearsMust pass rigorous physical and mental testing
14 Qualifications and Hiring: Must be with the PCSD for at least 3 yearsMust pass rigorous physical and mental testingHiring Process:When a vacancy on the team opens:Submit an application with letter of intentMeet with an oral boardStringent physical agility, written, oral and psychological testingJob performance and background reviewsTop candidate (usually of 6-10 candidates) appointed by Sheriff
15 Salary and Benefits: Salary: Base pay (based on civil service pay grade):Starts at $ to $27.74 per hour, or $46,155 to $57,699 per yearHazardous Duty pay:2.5% of base, $1,153 to $1,442 per year
16 Salary and Benefits: Benefits: Paid Vacation: Starts at 12 days per year Up to 30 days per year (25 years of service)Paid Sick Leave: Accrues at 1 day per monthPaid Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year Two additional ‘personal’ paid holidays per yearMedical and VisionDentalLife InsuranceRetirement, and many others…
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