The primary goal of the Richfield Special Weapons and Tactics Team is to solve and provide protection and safety to innocent civilians while reducing the possibility of injury or death in high risk incidents through experience, training and the use of highly specialized tools and equipment.
The Richfield SWAT Team was established in 1974, as a result of the Country Club Market hostage incident which occurred on the northwest corner of 66th and Penn where the present day CVS Pharmacy is located. It was one of the largest hostage incidents in the country at that time.
Today, the 12 member team is responsible for handling high-risk tactical operations involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations, active shooter incidents, high-risk warrant service, and special details such as the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
Selection to the SWAT Team requires a five-year commitment upon being selected. Team members receive extensive ongoing training in addition to their primary duty assignment. The SWAT Team trains monthly on various tactical disciplines and belongs to the South Metro Tactical Training consortium which trains annually at Camp Dodge Iowa. Most recently, SWAT Team Leaders, Sergeants Mark Shelley and Joe Griffin have received training with the highly regarded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (SEB) Special Enforcement Bureau.