Keeping our community safe may sometimes mean using a special team of Officers to defuse or resolve a situation. The Washington County SWAT Team does just that with specialized equipment, weapons and tactics.
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is a specialized team comprised of Sheriff's Deputies and a Hartford Police Department Officer, all of whom operate under the command of the Sheriff. The team was started in 1990 with the main goal of maintaining a high level of preparedness and tactical proficiency to successfully resolve any high risk situation with the utmost regard for the preservation of the lives of all persons involved. The Sheriffs Office will utilize SWAT to respond to situations in which serious injury or death could be imminent, and where the use of a specially trained tactical team could neutralize the effects of any person(s) actually or potentially threatening the safety of the public. Some of these incidents include:
SWAT may also be utilized as a support response to other police agencies requesting assistance in circumstances similar to the above or as deemed appropriate by the Sheriff. We have assisted other agencies including: Germantown Police, West Bend Police, Hartford Police, Slinger Police, Jackson Police, and the Dodge and Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Departments.