The S.W.A.T. Team is a major component of Support Services.  The unit consists of personnel trained to respond and act upon hostage and barricade persons.  The mission of the S.W.A.T. Unit is the coordination and resolving or defusing of critical incidents.  In addition, the S.W.A.T. Unit may as necessary, participate in raids, high-risk arrest situations, and other activities as directed by the Special Operations Supervisor or Chief of Police.