Officers choosing to apply for SWAT have the opportunity to serve on the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Unit. The mission of the Emergency Services Unit is to preserve life in high risk situations through the use of specialized training, equipment and tactics. All operations are conducted with the highest regard for the preservation of life.
Officers going through the selection must have established law enforcement expertise before they can apply for a position on the SWAT team. The team’s selection process involves firearms testing, physical fitness as well as, written, oral and psychological testing.
Each new member of the Emergency Services Unit must complete a 40-hour basic SWAT School before they are considered an active member of the team. In addition, active team members participate in extensive monthly training including weapons proficiency, tactical operations and movement. Team members are encouraged to participate in outside training conducted by private organizations as well as the United States Military.