Snohomish County, WA Special Weapons and Tactics Team may expand tactical squad.

The South Snohomish County Special Weapons and Tactics Team is…

The South Snohomish County Special Weapons and Tactics Team is considering adding officers to its ranks.

The team now is made up of 17 police officers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

Mukilteo and Mill Creek are among the police departments that have considered adding bodies to the team.

Talks still are in the exploratory stages, said Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions, who also serves in that role for the South County SWAT team.

SWAT gets called out more often than people realize, she said. They often are needed in “heavy situations,” such as serving high-risk arrest warrants or when people barricade themselves from the police.

“Fortunately, while these things don’t happen every day in south Snohomish County, they do happen, and they happen on a regular enough basis where these officers need to train and be prepared and be ready,” she said.

Source: Rikki King for The Weekly Harald.

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