Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.)
The Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) is a highly organized and specially trained unit that augments all divisions within the Waxahachie Police Department. S.W.A.T. members go through a selection process and must maintain a higher level of fitness and firearm proficiency than regular officers. Each member also receives specialized training in various the aspects of this specialized team.
The goal of the unit is to save lives and reduce dangers to officers and members of the public through the use of specialized equipment and training.
The SWAT team is trained to respond to:
- Serve high risk warrants
- Barricaded persons
- Active shooter situations
- Hostage rescue
- And other high risk situations that requires specially trained and equipped personnel
Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.)
The Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) is made up of officers who receive specialized training in negotiations. These team members go through a selection process and train on a regular basis in the skills of negotiation. The C.I.T. team supplements the Patrol Division and are often used in conjunction with the S.W.A.T. team.
The C.I.T. team is trained to respond to:
- Barricaded subjects
- Suicidal subjects
- Hostage takers
Crime Scene Investigations (C.S.I.)
The Crime Scene Investigations Unit (C.S.I.) is comprised of a combination of civilian employees and police officers who are specially trained in the collection and preservation of evidence. Each team member goes through a selection process and receives specialty training in the processing of crime scenes, collection of evidence, and the preservation of that evidence. The C.I.T. team supplements the Investigations Unit in investigating criminal offenses.
The C.S.I. unit is a new unit currently being created by the Waxahachie Police Department. They are trained to respond to:
- Death investigations
- Serious felony offenses (i.e. Armed robberies, sexual assaults, etc.)
- Any serious crime requiring specialized evidence recording and collection