Sparks Police SWATSparks Police SWAT is a part-time tactics team consisting of officers throughout the Department. Being a member of SWAT is a collateral duty to an officer/detectives’ normal duties and responsibilities. Officers SWAT possess specific equipment and training for addressing high risk situations. These situations include serving warrants involving high risk suspects, barricaded suspects, hostage situations and dignitary protections.

Officers assigned to SWAT must pass a seven-stage test to be eligible for consideration to the team. This test consists of two challenging physical tests, a written exercise, a handgun marksmanship course, an obstacle course, a weapons manipulation drill, a tactical movement drill and an oral interview. Once assigned to SWAT, officers attend a basic SWAT school and begin training with the Team. SWAT trains twice a month and receives an additional one week period of training per year. SWAT training consists of handgun and rifle marksmanship, traditional and explosive breaching, tactical movement, open area searches and much more.

Crisis Negotiators are also assigned to SWAT to assist in deescalating and peaceably resolving dangerous situations.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

Effective June 15th, 2020: Sparks Police will begin to open in-person Non-Essential Services. An Appointment is Required for All in-person services in our ID Unit, to be consistent with the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan. The health and safety of our community and our staff members are of the utmost importance. We ask for your patience during this difficult time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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