"When the public needs help they
call the police.
When the police need help they call SWAT".
The Winter Park Police Department SWAT Team is an elite unit consisting
of 15 members from various units within the department. Like most
law enforcement agencies, the Team is considered a "part-time"
unit, made up of volunteer personnel who perform regular police
duties in addition to their SWAT duties. Officer's who wish to be
a part of the Team must go through a selection process that tests
their physical ability, mental ability and shooting skills. Once
an officer is selected for the Team, they still must to attend a
week long SWAT Operators course.
Regular Team training occurs at
least two days a month, in addition to any specialized training
schools members might attended. SWAT trainings include various subjects
some of which include; dynamic entries, hostage rescue, slow and
deliberate searching, firearms proficiency, and close quarter combat
(CQB). In addition to the tactical training, physical fitness training
is also conducted during training sessions.
Team members are required to be
on an on-call status and need to be ready to go in a moments notice.
The SWAT Team is used to execute high-risk search warrants, high-risk
arrests, barricaded persons, hostage situations or any civil unrest
events. In addition, the SWAT Team provides support for Vice/Narcotic
operations requiring suspect takedowns, arrests and large scale
year the SWAT Team competes in the annual SWAT Round-up International
Competition (the Winter Park Police Department is also one of the
sponsoring agencies for the event). During this week long event,
tactical teams from all around the World come to Central Florida
to compete in various events and participate in classes in the latest
SWAT Techniques. The Team consistently performs well in this competition
and even took the Top Florida Team trophy in 1997.