Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
The Farmington Police Department SWAT team is comprised of 20 officers from the Farmington Police Department and 4 officers from the Farmington Fire Department. The Team is structured with a Commander, Assistant Commander and then two 11 man teams each having a Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Grenadier, Negotiator, Counter Sniper, Spotter, Operators, and Medics. The Firemen that are attached to the teams are assigned as medics but also possess the training and expertise that the Police Officers have
SWAT responds to calls such as High Risk Search and Arrest Warrants, Barricade Subjects, Hostage Rescue, and any other high risk situation that may call for the specialized training and equipment that SWAT Team members possess. The SWAT Team operates as a regional team having been called in for assistance by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the Navajo Police Department, and several agencies in southern Colorado. The Farmington SWAT Team is the only agency in the Four Corners to have a four wheel drive armored vehicle equipped with a ballistic resistant exterior, explosive shielding, radioactive detection devices, explosive gas detectors, and the ability to transport 14 SWAT officers and their gear to most any location.