The Special Weapons and Tactics Team is a specialized unit within the Jupiter Police Department comprised of 20 continually trained members. Since its implementation, the S.W.A.T. Team’s goal is to provide for the safe execution of search warrants, dignitary protection and hostage negotiation situations. The S.W.A.T. Team provides a tactical response to barricaded subjects, active shooter incidents, terrorism and the handling of any critical incident which would require extensive tactical skills. S.W.A.T. provides the Town of Jupiter with a self-sufficient tactical team, utilizing special skills and tools.
The S.W.A.T. Team conducts at least 12 hours of training per month. Many of the team members have obtained instructor certifications in a number of tactical areas, including TASER, gas munitions, less lethal munitions, defensive tactics, distraction devices, mechanical breaching, ballistic breaching and firearms. In turn, these certifications have allowed the Jupiter Police Department to conduct in-house training for all members of the department, avoiding any outside budgetary costs.
The S.W.A.T. Team provides a valuable ongoing service to the Town of Jupiter. Without it, tactical situations and crises would have to be resolved utilizing outside agencies, resulting in a less timely and less effective response.