Training/Special Operations Division
The Training and Special Operations Division is responsible for various services such as the Field Training Program, In-Service Training, S.W.A.T. Team, Honor Guard, Hostage Negotiation Team, and Accreditation & Policy Development.
Lieutenant Andrew Schneider serves as the Training & Special Operations Division Commander. Lt. Schneider began his law enforcement service with the Crestview Police Department in 2001. Lt. Schneider has held the positions of Auxiliary Officer, Patrol Officer, Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Training & Special Operations Division Commander. Lt. Schneider can be contacted at (850) 682-3544, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
S.W.A.T. (acronym for “Special Weapons And Tactics”) is utilized for high-risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of regular, uniformed Police Officers. The Crestview Police Department’s highly trained S.W.A.T. team is utilized for various to duties include: confronting armed criminals; performing hostage rescue; high risk arrests and search warrants; entering armored or barricaded buildings; and providing mutual aid and assistance to other municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Okaloosa County.
FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM
When hired by the Crestview Police Department, each Recruit Police Officer is required to successfully complete a 10+ week Field Training Program. The Field Training Program is designed to acquaint the Recruit Officer with agency policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. This program is designed to supplement the formal classroom training received through the Law Enforcement Academy.
The Field Training Program is separated into five phases. Beginning on their first day, a Recruit Officer is assigned to a Field Training Officer – a senior officer of the department – for each phase of training. The first phase consists primarily of observation and familiarization. By the final phase, the Recruit Officer performs primarily as a solo officer while being shadowed by their Field Training Officer. Once the Recruit Officer demonstrates proficiency in all areas of training, they are successfully released from the program and assigned to a patrol squad.
The Training & Special Operations Division conducts monthly in-service training for all sworn members of the Police Department. This training includes firearms qualification, Taser certification, use of force, first aid and CPR, emergency vehicle operations, legal updates, and specialized topics. Training courses are conducted by Instructors employed within various divisions of the Police Department. Instructors are certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the areas they instruct.