| What is the SWAT Team? Watertown recognizes the need for a specially trained team to respond to, and resolve situations that are high-risk or unusual in nature. The WPD SWAT Team is comprised of several Watertown Police Officers. The SWAT Team trains on a regular basis and is highly trained for their mission. SWAT Team members are selected, but it is a voluntary assignment in addition to their regular department duties. The team also consists of two FBI trained Crisis Negotiators.
The mission of the Watertown Police Department SWAT Team is to protect the lives of citizens and members of law enforcement, particularly during high-risk incidents involving hostages, barricaded subjects, snipers, and civil disorder. The team's primary goal is to successfully resolve these types of incidents in such a fashion as to minimize the risk of harm to our citizens, law enforcement personnel and SWAT Team members.
If you find yourself in an area where the SWAT Team is deployed, it is important that you follow some simple rules.
DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE OR WALK INTO THE AREA
STAY INDOORS, STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS, AND LOCK YOUR DOORS
· IF YOU ARE TOLD TO EVACUATE, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AND COMPLY WITH THE EVACUATION (Remember: If you are told to evacuate, it is for your safety).