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Police Department - S.W.A.T. Team
Captain Dave Davis, Division Commander

Lt. Lester Marino, S.W.A.T. Team Leader

The Canton S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team works in conjunction with the Patrol Division, The Detective Bureau, and the Special Investigations Unit to apprehend dangerous criminals, conduct drug raids, and enter volatile law enforcement situations.  The team further offers support to the Training Bureau and outside agencies when requested.

In addition to multiple role activations, the team members participate in a monthly training schedule of sixteen (16) hours, in which they train and prepare for any situation that may arise.  Officers are also assigned to yearly and specialized training cycles.  Through adherance to sound core and advanced training standards, weapons implementation, and discipline, the comand staff requires leadership from within the team ranks to maintain a high level of efficiency.  Assigned SWAT Team Operators are also cross-trained with additional duties including:   

  • K-9 Handler
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Incident Commander
  • Sniper
  • Emergency Medical Tech (EMT)

The S.W.A.T. Team consists of an authorized compliment of a Chaplain, Commander, Assistant Commander, Team Leader, and fourteen (14) Operators.  They utilize an armored vehicle and a mobile command post vehicle to carry out their operations.