The Special Operations and Training Unit's core functions are the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT} Team, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Firearms, Less Lethal Impact Munitions and Delivery System training for agencies throughout Hunterdon County.
The SWAT team consists of 26 tactical, crisis negotiation and tac-medical personnel. Most team members volunteer their time through mutual aid agreements with local law enforcement and rescue squads that serve the residents of Hunterdon County. Team members must meet a minimum of 196 hours of training and other mandatory requirements. SWAT team members are on-call 24/7 to handle situations such as barricaded person(s), hostage rescue, high-risk warrant service and criminal and non-criminal urban/woodland searches.
Through the Hunterdon County Safe Campus Initiative, numerous trainings, presentations, site assessments and other school safety meetings/drills were conducted throughout Hunterdon County and other counties who are adopting school safety protocols and trainings the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office has put in place. In addition to these trainings, several law enforcement "active shooter" trainings were conducted/hosted, including a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training that is available for businesses, houses of worship and the general public.