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The SWAT team is used for protests, high risk prisoner transports, search warrants (which must meet the risk elements for SWAT utilization) and in support of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, Cleveland Division of Police, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and the Northeast Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force. The SWAT unit is also used for barricaded suspects, meth houses, and several operations to support community events.

The SWAT Team must conduct continuous training and preparation for tactical operations in the maritime environment. Sheriff’s SWAT and Marine Patrol Teams worked on Visit-Board-Search and Seizure (VBSS) and continued training toward preparing the teams for survival in and around the water. As a result, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team remains one of the few teams in the region with any maritime capabilities. This enhances the CCSD’s capability to respond to incidents both on land and the waterways of Northeast Ohio.

Additionally, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team has worked alongside of MetroHealth Systems to obtain an Emergency Medical Services license and to prepare the team’s Medics and Doctor to be more fully prepared to stabilize critical patients prior to their arrival at a trauma center. MetroHealth regularly places an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS Lifeflight) team on standby while SWAT is conducting operations preparing for rapid response to critical patients, police, and civilians.

Executive Armond Budish, Sheriff Clifford Pinkney, and Chief Frank Bova recognized Active Shooter training as, unfortunately, a critical need in today’s society. They authorized several members of the SWAT Team to be trained as instructors to bring the training to the county employees. These team members utilized this training and tailored Active Shooter training for civilian employees of Cuyahoga County.