The West Haven Police Department’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team is a group of dedicated, highly trained, and motivated officers who are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Team members must be ready and prepared for a call out with only a moment’s notice.
The SWAT team handles high-risk warrant services, hostage situations, barricaded subjects, civil disturbances, and other high-risk situations. Hostage/Crisis Negotiators and SWAT Medics also complement the SWAT Team. The SWAT Medic is trained to tactically treat and stabilize injured team members. The WHPD SWAT Team has 3 FBI-trained snipers. These snipers carry out team protection, forward observation and intelligence gathering objectives.
The SWAT Team is comprised mostly of officers in the patrol division. These officers carry out the regular duties and responsibilities of a patrol officer as well as that of a SWAT Team member. The SWAT Team holds regular meetings and exercise drills to keep their level of proficiency at its highest.