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     The mission of the S.W.A.T. Team is to provide the department with the capability to safely resolve high-risk situations. Some examples of these types of situations are:

  • Hostage Situations
  • Barricaded Suspects
  • Suicidal Subjects
  • High Risk Search Warrants/Raids
  • High Risk Arrests
  • VIP Protection Details
  • Counter Sniper
  • Likely Armed Resistance Situations

     The S.W.A.T. Team is operationally deployed on average 20 times every year; and those calls for assistance include other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This squad is responsible for vehicles, equipment, weapons maintenance, setting up training, and various other assignments. The rest of the team members all have other full time jobs within the police department.

     The S.W.A.T. Team trains twice monthly with additional training available as needed. Every deputy has a specialty assignment on the team that they specifically train for; however, everyone also receives cross training in the other specialties. Some of the specialties include:

  • Snipers
  • Explosive Breaching
  • Chemical and Less-lethal Munitions
  • Armored Personnel Carrier Operators
  • Tactical Medics
  • Tactical Robot Operators
  • Entry Specialists

     If you find yourself in an area where a S.W.A.T. Team is deployed it is very important that you follow some simple rules:

  • Do not try to drive or walk into the area
  • Stay indoors, stay away from the 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)

     It is a natural curiosity to try to watch what is going on, but if you can see the action, you are too close and you are in danger.


Greg Whittaker
Office: (931)528-8484 ext:
Fax: (931)646-1490

Putnam County Sheriff's Office
421 E Spring St.
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931)528-8484
Fax: (931)528-7043

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