The SWAT Team, under the direction of Lieutenant Leverson, is comprised of 28 members and 8 Crisis Negotiation Team members. SWAT Team members, although volunteers for the team are selected after passing a rigorous selection process. Future SWAT members are chosen for their decision making skills, physical fitness, firearms proficiency, and their ability to perform this additional duty, beyond their regular assignment. In addition to the City of Appleton, the Appleton Police Department SWAT Team provides SWAT services for the Town of Menasha, who currently has one officer assigned to the SWAT Team and one officer assigned to the Crisis Negotiation Team.
Members of the SWAT Team train on a monthly basis. Individuals with more specialized training may train more often. The SWAT Team’s monthly training consists of learning the team’s core competencies, which are outlined at the beginning of each year. The SWAT Team uses a multitude of different training sites around the area throughout the year.
SWAT Team members also attend individual training that may deal with command decisions, risk management, team tactics, specialty assignments, and operational debriefs.
The SWAT Team trains and prepares for the following situations:
- Hostage Rescue
- Barricaded Subject(s)
- High-Risk Warrant Service
- Active Shooter(s)
The mission of the Appleton Police Department SWAT Team is to save lives.