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1 Pierce County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Special Weapons and Tactics

2 Handle any situation beyond the capability of patrol officers to safely manage, for example: Apprehension of barricaded subjects High-risk warrant service Narcotics raids Safe recovery of hostages and others in hazardous situations Containment, Intelligence and Negotiation Providing tactical support to other teams and organizations in the area General Team Duties: “Our goal is to return normalcy to chaos.” Sgt. Jim Heishman, PCSD SWAT Commander

3 Retain their normal patrol duties Train in entry tactics Train in a secondary duty assignment, for example: Marksman Less-lethal Weapons Operator Chemical Agent Specialist Tactical/Field Medicine Specialized Equipment Operator Negotiation Individual Duties:

4 Team consists of 26 members, including: Team Commander: Sergeant Jim Heishman 3 Team Leaders: Sergeant Russ Wilder Detective Mike Ames Detective Kim Pecheos 4 Negotiators 4 Counter-snipers Entry officers with secondary duties SWAT Team Composition:

5 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. Training:

6 PCSD SWAT operates primarily in the unincorporated areas of Pierce County: 1,679 square miles Approximately 460,000 people PCSD SWAT is also in an agreement to provide tactical services to McChord Air Force Base and Ft. Lewis Area of Responsibility: “We rely on them to protect our country…and they rely on us to protect their families…” Sgt. Jim Heishman, PCSD SWAT Commander

7 There are 2 other teams in Pierce County: Tacoma Police Department SWAT Metro Pierce SWAT Other Agencies:

8 There are 2 other teams in Pierce County: Tacoma Police Department SWAT Metro Pierce SWAT Metro Pierce SWAT is a joint effort between the cities of: Lakewood Steilacoom Dupont Puyallup Fife Milton Bonney Lake Sumner Other Agencies:

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10 Tacoma, Metro Pierce and PCSD SWAT Teams are able to provide tactical support to each other in lengthy standoffs or major events. Interagency Cooperation:

11 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 20 th, Interagency Cooperation:

12 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 20 th, 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. Interagency Cooperation:

13 Qualifications: Must be with the PCSD for at least 3 years Must pass rigorous physical and mental testing Qualifications and Hiring:

14 Qualifications: Must be with the PCSD for at least 3 years Must pass rigorous physical and mental testing Hiring Process: When a vacancy on the team opens: Submit an application with letter of intent Meet with an oral board Stringent physical agility, written, oral and psychological testing Job performance and background reviews Top candidate (usually of 6-10 candidates) appointed by Sheriff Qualifications and Hiring:

15 Salary: Base pay (based on civil service pay grade): Starts at $22.19 to $27.74 per hour, or $46,155 to $57,699 per year Hazardous Duty pay: 2.5% of base, $1,153 to $1,442 per year Salary and Benefits:

16 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 month Paid Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year Two additional ‘personal’ paid holidays per year Medical and Vision Dental Life Insurance Retirement, and many others… Salary and Benefits:


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