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Monroe to Join Butler County S.W.A.T Unit
Friday, August 24, 2012 11:03:58 AM - Monroe Ohio

For financial and manpower reasons, The Monroe Police Department has disbanded its own "stand-alone" SWAT team. In order to allow for continued training and having the resource of such a team if needed for our service area, Monroe PD desires to join the Butler Co. Sheriff's SWAT Team. Joining this team requires a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be formed between the parties involved.

Chief Homer reported that joining the County’s S.W.A.T. team will save the City approximately $2,000 the first year and provide access to bigger unit. Mr. Kelley asked if the response times in S.W.A.T. situations will increase. Chief Homer explained that he doesn’t anticipate any change as typical S.W.A.T. situations are already under control by the home agency and a savings of five to ten minutes is usually irrelevant.

Councilwoman Lora Stillman inquired if there was additional equipment that we will no longer need that we can put up for government auction. Chief Homer responded we are waiting right now to see what equipment is compatible on the switch over.

The old Monroe S.W.A.T. unit is an old ambulance. "We don’t know if they want it yet, because if we turn it over to them, they need to maintain it. The County seems to think with the Federal grants they are eligible for might be better than taking on our old ambulance. Most of the other equipment will probably be compatible. We will probably just sign it over to the County."  Monroe Chief Homer

Legislation to join the Butler County SWAT Team was unanimously approved at its first reading of council last week. Next week it is expected that council will approve Monroe's membership in the BC SWAT unit.

About Butler County SWAT

To deal with crisis situations requiring specialized skills and training beyond that of a basic academy, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office has a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.  The team consists of eighteen (18) members who participate in SWAT on a part-time basis in addition to their regular assigned duties.  There are two negotiators and four snipers available to the team.  The snipers cross-train as   entry team members as well. To become a member of the SWAT team an officer must pass a three-phase process    including physical agility, firearms proficiency, and an oral interview.  Upon assignment to the team, members receive a basic issue of specialized equipment for tactical operations as well as advanced training in weapons and tactics.



All SWAT team members are on call twenty-four (24) hours a day should a situation arise requiring their response.  Most team members have take-home cruisers, which aids in the rapid response to a crisis.  The team has handled avariety of callouts in the past to include: high-risk warrant service (fugitives from justice as well as suspects wanted for murder), narcotics search warrants, barricaded subjects, and riot control. In addition, the team has responded to other jurisdictions to assist with the apprehension of violent criminals. Local agencies and agencies from other counties have both requested the team’s assistance.  The number of activations varies from year to year; however, the team has averaged 6-10 callouts per year for the past several years with a low of 3 and a high of 12.

Members of the team train eight hours a month to maintain their proficiency and skills.  Each member of the team attends a basic SWAT school as time and finances permit.  There are instructors within the membership of the team to provide training in tactics, firearms, less-lethal force, distraction devices, and gas deployment.  Members have attended various tactical schools taught by instructors from the Los Angeles (California) Police Department, Miami-Dade (Florida) Metro Police Department, Dayton (Ohio) Police Department, Lexington (Kentucky) Police Department, and the United States Military. Tactics are taken from the various schools and evaluated and adapted by the team membership to form specific operational procedures and protocol for the team. 

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