Sparks Police SWATSparks Police SWAT is a part-time tactics team consisting of officers throughout the Department. Being a member of SWAT is a collateral duty to an officer/detectives’ normal duties and responsibilities. Officers SWAT possess specific equipment and training for addressing high risk situations. These situations include serving warrants involving high risk suspects, barricaded suspects, hostage situations and dignitary protections.

Officers assigned to SWAT must pass a seven-stage test to be eligible for consideration to the team. This test consists of two challenging physical tests, a written exercise, a handgun marksmanship course, an obstacle course, a weapons manipulation drill, a tactical movement drill and an oral interview. Once assigned to SWAT, officers attend a basic SWAT school and begin training with the Team. SWAT trains twice a month and receives an additional one week period of training per year. SWAT training consists of handgun and rifle marksmanship, traditional and explosive breaching, tactical movement, open area searches and much more.

Crisis Negotiators are also assigned to SWAT to assist in deescalating and peaceably resolving dangerous situations.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

In an attempt to provide the best service we can to our community, the Sparks Police Department will be implementing several preventative measures to help reduce or prevent the exposure and spread of Covid-19. These changes will begin 11/16/2020. This temporary altering and or reduction in services is only temporary and is designed to help reduce exposure to both our community and our employees. The Sparks Police Department is committed to placing our community first and this is an effort to keep our staff healthy and available to assist our community’s emergent needs. These changes in services are only temporary. Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. All Work Permits Fingerprint Cards Additionally, the following services will be provided online or via mail only until further notice: Criminal History Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Case Requests (Online or Mail ONLY) Convicted Persons Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Sex Offender Registration (Online or Mail ONLY) Our front desk will be open by appointment only. We ask for your patience during this time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2279.

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