The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) is responsible for the resolution of situations requiring extraordinary police actions, tactics, or equipment. The demonstrated goal of the team is to resolve situations while limiting hazards to citizens and police personnel. The team's activities include, but are not limited to, the following missions: drug raids, high risk warrant service, barricaded suspects, hostage situations, armed stakeout, dignitary protection, tactical operations, crowd control duties, and any other specialized operation the team may be called upon to handle. They also work closely with the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team members.
SWAT is a multi-agency regional tactical tem in Atlantic County commanded by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Members from various police agencies within the county make up the team to include Corrections Officers, Patrol Officers, Detectives and Investigators. SWAT Operators are highly dedicated and actively train and make several personal sacrifices to ensure the safety of the citizens of Atlantic County who they serve. They attend specialized team training which is both physically and mentally challenging.
Potential members undergo a vigorous testing process which requires their agency heads approval for participation and they need to receive high evaluations during the testing phase which offers physical challenges, firearms qualifications and a psychiatric evaluation.
Team members are required to maintain high physical standards and weapons proficiency, both of which are regularly tested. Internal file reviews ensure that all members are maintaining high evaluation scores and good work practices.
Team members are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are able to respond immediately from their location to any call-outs or incidents. The majority of the team members are issued take-home cars for efficiency in response and availability of equipment.
The Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team has developed an experienced, efficient, highly effective unit capable of providing the response and service needed to keep our communities safe.
Current EHTPD members assigned to the Atlantic County Regional SWAT Team:
Sgt. James Donaldson (Assistant Team Commander)
Ofc. Timothy Colella (Team Leader)
Ofc. Edward Bertino (Team Leader)
Ofc. Robert O'Donoghue (Team Leader)
Ofc. William Burns
Ofc. Michael Keeping
Ofc. Steve McKenney
Ofc. Carl Peterson
Ofc. Jonathan Nieves
Ofc. Ronald Koons (In-house Team)