SWAT/ Crisis Negotiators
The mission of the Shawnee SWAT Team is to support the Shawnee Police Department and any other requesting law enforcement agency with a tactical response to critical situations. These situations include, but are not limited to hostage situations, barricades suspects, sniper situations, high risk apprehensions, high risk warrant service and citizen protection at special events.
The Shawnee Police Department recognizes that the presence of a highly trained, highly skilled police tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers, and suspects. In addition, well managed “team” responses to critical incidents usually result in successful resolution of critical incidents.
The Shawnee Police Department also staffs a Negotiator’s Team. These select officers are highly trained in the art of negotiations in critical situations. Negotiators are primarily deployed in situations where a person(s) has barricaded themselves and refusing to exit a structure. When deployed, this team of professionals attempts to establish contact with the person in the critical incident in hopes of providing a peaceful resolution to every situation. The Negotiator’s must attend a basic course and continue to train in order to perfect their skills. The Shawnee Police Department Negotiators will often assist the SWAT Team during critical incidents.