The Warwick Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team consists of a group of specially selected officers who have been highly trained in the use of special weapons and tactics for the purpose of handling high risk situations involving barricaded suspects, hostage takers, high risk warrant service, VIP protection, or other situations requiring training and expertise beyond the capabilities of the regular police officer. Members of the SWAT Team train each month to sharpen their skills and abilities. A total of sixteen hours per month is devoted to the training. Components of the SWAT Team include a reactionary team (entry team), a sniper/marksman team, a hostage negotiation team, and a Warwick Fire Department Certified SWAT Medic Team.
The mission of the Warwick Police Department’s SWAT Team is to bring a successful conclusion to high risk situations through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel without injury or loss of life to citizens, suspects, or police officers.
The SWAT Team is comprised of twenty-five team members.
SWAT Team Commander: Inspector Chris Mathiesen
SWAT Team Leader: Lieutenant Mark Ullucci
Crisis Negotiation Team Leader: Sergeant Michael Lima
OIC of the Sniper/Marksman Team: Sergeant Joel Thomas
The Warwick Police SWAT Team has a long-standing tradition of excellence and has been a model for many local, state and international teams.
The SWAT conducted 8 tactical operations in 2015.