Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced the Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team has earned New York State Department of Criminal Justice Service’s certification.
The multi-month application process culminated in successful completion and recognition from DCJS in a letter dated Dec. 19. The Sheriff’s SWAT Team met the high standards established by the state’s Municipal Police Training Council and DCJS to receive its certification. Among some of the standards needed to achieve certification were supervision and team structure, team operator selection process, initial 160-hour basic SWAT course, yearly in-service training, physical fitness standards, equipment standards, deployment procedures, tactical planning, and command/supervision training.
The state certification announcement follows the ECSO’s first place finish in the inaugural DCJS SWAT Team competition this past summer in Oriskany. This recent certificate award makes the Sheriff’s SWAT Team one of only 11 teams throughout New York to achieve DCJS certification. The initial certification is valid for two years at which time the SWAT team will need to recertify.
The ECSO has earned two new state recognized accreditations and certification for the Jail Management Division and SWAT Team and one reaccreditation for the Civil Enforcement Division in 2017. The Sheriff’s Police Services Division is also accredited.