SWAT

The Macomb County S.W.A.T. team is a multi-jurisdictional tactical team whose mission is to save lives. It is the S.W.A.T. team’s responsibility to respond to barricaded persons, hostage incidents, emotionally disturbed persons, civil disturbances, work and school place violence situations, terrorist incidents, security details, and special assignments from the Sheriff. Every Officer assigned to the SWAT Team are willing to give their lives to save or protect the people living, working or playing in Macomb County.

Recent terrorist related events have required this to be one of the SWAT Teams biggest priority. The S.W.A.T. team is equipped to function tactically in many different environments including a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive environment (CBRNE). With an eye on current events, the Sheriff has ensured this training and equipment so the SWAT Team can better respond to a terrorist attack, criminal act, or hostage situation to achieve the goal of preserving life.

The SWAT Team has gone through a 161.5 hour Advanced SWAT Operations for Terrorist Environments training. This training, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, allows the Team to determine what resources are available based on equipment, resources and training levels of various SWAT Teams to handle a major incident in Macomb County. Due to this training, The Macomb County SWAT team may be called upon by the Federal Government to assist with a Terrorist event within the County, State or Nation.

With cooperation from Medstar Ambulance, Tactical Medical Officers have been added to the Team to immediately address injuries sustained by Bystanders, Officers and Suspects during a critical incident. These Tactical Medics are sworn reserve deputies of the Sheriff and participate in all S.W.A.T. Team training.

The S.W.A.T. team is equipped with many lethal and less lethal tools including an advanced explosive breeching program. Equipped with trailers for equipment and personnel, portable generators for power and ballistic resistant vehicles, the team has the ability to operate on scene in different environments for extended periods of time.

The S.W.A.T. team is currently comprised of personnel from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Sterling Heights P.D., Utica P.D., Shelby Township P.D., Fraser P.D., Chesterfield Township P.D. and Medstar Ambulance.

Recently officers from Roseville P.D. have begun training with the team to respond as part of a regional terrorist response.


2008 INCIDENTS:

February 5th, 2008: The S.W.A.T. team was activated in Fraser when a male subject shot his girlfriend. The girlfriend was able to escape and was taken to the hospital. Patrol Officer’s that arrived on scene, and personnel that were in contact with the subject, reported that he was still armed and threatened to “kill” the Police. The subject had a lengthy criminal history and was drinking heavily as well as using vicodin.

After several attempt’s to contact the subject were unsuccessful, the S.W.A.T. team made entry in to the home. The subject was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

February 7th, 2008: The S.W.A.T. team was activated in Ray Twp. when a mentally unstable male subject self-reported that he was armed with a gun and wanted to kill himself. Prior to the S.W.A.T. team’s arrival, the subject had fired his weapon at least 3 times.

After several attempt’s to contact the subject were unsuccessful, the S.W.A.T. made entry into the residence and an adjacent pole barn. The subject was found dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound in the home.

February 28th, 2008: The S.W.A.T. team was activated in Sterling Heights to help serve a mental committal order on a potentially barricaded and armed subject. Several attempts were made to contact the individual. Tactics deployed involved, telephone, window breeching, door breeching and the introduction of water to narrow down the subject’s movements. Entry was made and the subject was found barricaded in a closet in the basement. The use of water limited the subject’s movement and made it less likely for him to hide. During this mission, the house was found to be barricaded with steel rods on the doors, fence over the windows and sand bunker’s located on the top level. A rifle was found on the

May 27th, 2008: The S.W.A.T. team was activated in Washington Twp. when a subject had barricaded himself in his residence and had a gun. This subject was heavily intoxicated and may have been a harm to himself or other’s. Attempts to contact the subject by phone and loud speaker were to no avail. A distraction device was dispersed by the team at which time the subject exited his home peacefully.