JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Police Department’s SWAT team is receiving recognition for their training and high standards.
Last month, the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services awarded the part time Special Weapons and Tactics unit their certification.
Community Resource Officer Matt Rhinehart helped lead the charge to apply for the accreditation, reviewing over 150 pages of policies, certifications and training records.
Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson says his unit is only one of 27 teams in the state to meet the standard.
Led by Commander Robert Ward, the Chief says the SWAT team is a great asset for the city responding to high-risk situations like active shooter and barricaded subject calls.
“It shows their work ethic, and they are willing to push to become better,” said Jackson. “There are a lot of person sacrifices, so it says a lot for the team.”
Currently, Jackson says his department is looking to fill one more position on the team of 14. Officers within the department can apply; they must attend a basic school and meet several physical standards.