The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was formed in 1998 and is composed of volunteers from all Divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. To be selected, a member must have at least two years of law
enforcement experience, with no disciplinary actions within the prior twelve months. The selection process consists of a marksmanship test, a physical agility/performance test, oral board interview with current team members and a psychological screening specific to the SWAT team. Once selected the member must attend and graduate from an accredited SWAT school. The member becomes fully active after attending 6 months of in-service SWAT training with the team. The team trains twice a month and training includes firearms training, physical agility, chemical agents and less lethal force, hand-to-hand
defensive tactic skills, hostage rescue training and other mission specific training. The team works closely with the Crisis Negotiation Team and has combined scenario training at least once per calendar year. The team has members that are certified trainers in chemical agents, special weapons, firearms, EMD, less lethal munitions, rope rescue and distraction devices. The SWAT team exists to save lives and decrease the chance of violence during a crisis situation. The team trains with other area tactical teams and has the ability to utilize equipment and personnel from teams throughout the metro-Atlanta North Georgia area. The SWAT team is used during situations that require specialized weapons and tactics, which could range from barricaded suspects and hostage situations to the service of high-risk arrest and search warrants.