Training and Special Operations Division is responsible for maintaining high training standards, accreditations, SWAT, field training, policy development, honor guard, and ATMS management. Lt. Andrew Schneider is the Division Commander.
SWAT (acronym for “Special Weapons And Tactics”) is a commonly used proper name for law enforcement units, which use military-style light weapons and specialized tactics in high-risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of regular, uniformed police. “SWAT” is commonly used internationally, as a colloquial, generic term for these units. Their duties include: confronting heavily armed criminals; performing hostage rescue and counter-terrorism operations; high risk arrests; and entering armored or barricaded buildings. Such units are often equipped with specialized firearms and stun grenades. They have specialized equipment including heavy body armor, ballistic shields, entry tools, armored vehicles, advanced night vision optics, and motion detectors for covertly determining the positions of hostages or hostage takers, inside enclosed structures.
Crestview Police Department conducts inservice training regularly. One type of inservice training that the Crestview Police Department conducts is Taser Certification, to ensure proper and safe use. Officers are exposed to the Taser during their initial certification and must complete annual re-certification which includes classroom instruction and practical exercises and drills.