The City has made a two-year commitment to be part of an interlocal Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT). “By joining forces with the Cities of Colleyville, Keller, Roanoke and Watauga, the City will take a regional approach to training and response," said Police Chief Robert Finn. “Further, the City will benefit by being better prepared for actual incidents, improving manpower at high risk scenes, and minimizing any financial impact on our community.”
Members of the City’s patrol unit (from all shifts) will join this interlocal team. The cost for training existing personnel and purchasing required equipment will be included in the FY 2011 Crime Control and Prevention District budget in the amount of $9,016. Officers assigned to the team will utilize the City’s equipment during their training and in any actual event which will also help to minimize costs.
Any additional training beyond the initial SWAT school will be part of the Police services operating budget. The item was approved 7-0 at the July 20, 2010 City Council meeting.