Under the direction of Lieutenant Steven Baxter, the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team’s primary responsibility is to save lives. To that end, SWAT will respond to barricaded persons, hostage incidents and emotionally disturbed persons who pose a threat to the community. In addition, the SWAT Team functions as a mobile, flexible force for special police problems that require a highly trained, specially equipped, and disciplined unit. Special problems that may require a SWAT Team response include civil disturbances, surveillance, security details, fugitive apprehension, high-risk search warrants and special assignments from the Chief of Police. SWAT members are officers drawn primarily from the Patrol Division, extensively trained and functioning part-time, as needed, in their SWAT role. SWAT operators are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.