The Police Officers’ Commission on Standards and Training (POST) has awarded the Warwick Police re-certification for its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Colonel Stephen McCartney has announced.
POST notified Warwick Police of the re-certification award after an assessment team, consisting of Cranston Police Captain Sean Carmody, Pawtucket Police Sgt. Paul Brandley and Rhode Island State Police Sgt. Derek Borek, selected by the Rhode Island Tactical Officers Association (RITOA), reviewed all of Warwick’s SWAT training documents and determined that the Warwick team met all required tactical standards as established by POST. The certification will expire on Feb. 2, 2015.
Members of the SWAT Team are specially trained officers whose mission is to diffuse highly-volatile situations without the loss of life or injury to police, suspects or civilians involved. Warwick’s SWAT Team is a model for many local, state and federal teams and its 25 members are highly trained in the use of special weapons. SWAT Team components include a reactionary (entry) team, a sniper/marksman team, a crisis negotiation team and a Warwick Fire Department-certified SWAT Medic Team.
Presently the team commander is Inspector Chris Mathiesen, Team leader is Lt. Brad Connor, Sniper/marksman leader is Det. Dave Verity and Lt. Rick Rathbun heads up the Crisis Negotiation team.