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S.W.A.T. Composition
Team Composition
The team has a total of sixty-one members separated into three units by function.

Tactical Unit: Is responsible for the tactical operations at a crisis incident. All members of this unit are sworn police officers and are cross trained in all relevant skills and equipment necessary to function at an incident location. Within the tactical unit there are three groups of officers who receive additional training to perform specific tasks.

Grenadiers: These officers are responsible for the delivery of chemical agents, ballistic breaching and less-lethal munitions.

Sniper/Observers: These officers are qualified to deploy with weapon systems that are capable of performing at extended ranges.

ALERT: Tactical officers also serve on the Mecklenburg County Advanced Local Emergency Response Team. This unit is responsible for responding to incidents that may involve the release of a chemical, nuclear or biological agent. These team members are trained to operate in level "B" protective suits and self-contained breathing apparatus.

Crisis Negotiators: This unit is responsible for establishing a dialogue with any suspect(s) at a scene. They are well-trained in negotiation skills and have successfully resolved a majority of the incidents CMPD SWAT responds to. Through the use of electronic equipment, they are capable of speaking to an individual from a distance, providing a safer environment for the suspect, community and SWAT Team members.

Medics: SWAT Medics are civilian employees of Mecklenburg County Emergency Medical Services and have been trained in all facets of tactical operations, except firearms.‚Äč