The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. is comprised of six full time team members, with an additional fourteen members that participate as a collateral duty. Captain Bruce Zenor is tasked with overall command of the team, with day-to-day operations commanded by Sergeant Jason Salter. S.W.A.T. is available for call out twenty four hours a day 365 days a year. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to special threat situations such as barricaded subjects, hostage rescue, sniper situations, acts of terrorism, high risk warrant service, witness/dignitary protection, and fugitive apprehension. S.W.A.T. works in conjunction with Critical Incident Command, Detectives, Patrol, and the Training Academy when requested.
Full time members are also Task Force Officers, attached to the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force, a multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional approach of enhanced violent crime enforcement for the Gulf Coast Region. It is designed to investigate, locate and apprehend potentially violent suspects. S.W.A.T. along with two permanently assigned United States Deputy Marshal’s targets for arrest those individuals who represent the most danger to the community on a daily basis.
To be considered for a S.W.A.T. position candidates must have a minimum of two years patrol experience or possess two years of mission specific military training. The Team Commander and Senior Team Members review applications after candidates submit a letter of intent. Once accepted, the applicant must pass several tests to include, physical fitness, mental awareness, firearms proficiency, and successfully complete the S.W.A.T. Selection and Assessment course. This consists of two challenging days with both day and night operations. Candidates are assessed by S.W.A.T. Commanders / Cadre and submit evaluations of each candidate. If the candidate completes the Selection and Assessment Course the final stage is an interview board, consisting of S.W.A.T. Commanders and Senior Team members. Team Members are required to attend sixteen hours of training each month, with individual groups receiving additional training hours when available.
S.W.A.T works in conjunction with Critical Incident Commanders, Crisis Negotiations Team, and Detective crime scene units.
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