Special Weapons and Tactics
SWAT Team Photo Galleries
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team is comprised of deputy sheriffs and detectives who have agreed to serve the citizens of Monroe County in this high liability position at no extra cost to taxpayers. They do not receive any compensation over and above their normalsalaries to perform the duties of a SWAT team member.
SWAT team members have all completed at least one two week SWAT course, and they train together on a regular basis to maintain those skills and to ensure that they can all work smoothly together. They are periodically required to participate in a timed military obstacle course to remain on the team, and must frequently qualify with a variety ofweapons. To view pictures of team members tackling a military obstacle course,located on Fleming Key, click here.The team is primarily used to serve high-risk search warrants where home occupants are suspected of being armed and/or dangerous. They also respond, when required, to other situations such as barricaded subjects, wanted suspects who might be armed and dangerous, and any other time they areneeded.
The Sheriff's SWAT team is a county wide unit answering to theSheriff's Special Operations Division, headed up by Captain Penny Phelps. The SWAT Team leader is Sgt. Joel Slough. They frequently work with many other agencies, both local, state and federal.