Training & Special Operations
The Crestview Police Department’s Training and Special Operations Division is responsible for Accreditation & Policy Development, Field Training Program, Continual In-Service Training, S.W.A.T., Honor Guard, Hostage Negotiations Team, Staff Inspections, and Weapons Control.
Lt. Andrew Schneider serves as the Division Commander of Training and Special Operations. Lt. Schneider can be reached at (850) 682-3544 or email@example.com.
S.W.A.T. (acronym for “Special Weapons And Tactics”) utilizes specialized weapons and tactics in 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 Police Departments 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.
CONTINUAL IN-SERVICE TRAINING
The Training & Special Operations Division conducts continual in-service training for all sworn members of the Crestview Police Department. This training includes firearms qualification, Taser certification, use of force, first aid and CPR, legal refresher, emergency vehicle operations, and specialized topics. Training courses are conducted by state certified Law Enforcement Instructors employed within various divisions of the Crestview Police Department.