In 1983 the Winchester Police Department formed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), this team consists of highly trained police officers and supervisors. They are prepared to be rapidly deployed into situations involving public unrest. This team is a 24 hour, 365 days a year operation. All team members must be prepared and ready to respond immediately when called out for activation.
The SWAT Team constantly trains so they can effectively resolve any incident by gaining maximum control with minimum force. Part of being a SWAT Team member is the ability to realize the necessity of being a team player. Training ranges from physical fitness to a variety of call-out scenarios by using role playing, which allow them to properly train for any situation that they may potentially be faced with.
In order to become a member of SWAT the potential team member must be a law enforcement officer with no less than two years with the department. They must be able to successfully pass the testing standards which include a physical fitness test and a firearms test.
It is the intent of the Winchester Police Department SWAT Team to provide a highly trained and skilled tactical unit as a resource for the Winchester Police Department to use in the handling of critical incidents.