Hamilton County SWAT Teams Will Consolidate
By Mike Perleberg
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil (center) announced that the sheriff’s tactical team is merging with the HCPA SWAT Team. Photo by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Did you know there were two SWAT teams in Hamilton County? Now there will be just one.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil announced Thursday that the sheriff’s SWAT team will consolidate with the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT in order to improve service and save taxpayer money.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be rejoining the HCPA SWAT Team. It makes sense for both of us to pull together all of our talent and resources and provide a better product at a lower cost,” Neil said at a press conference with HCPA officials.
Thirteen Hamilton County deputies are being reassigned into the HCPA SWAT Team, including a Commander, sniper, K9 handlers, and general tactical SWAT members. The 60-person team will be one of the largest in the Midwest.
The HCPA previously operated the county’s only SWAT starting in 1930. Neil said the previous sheriff’s administration opted to form the office’s own tactical team in 1995.
The consolidation will save the county about $400,000 in 2018, according to the sheriff’s office.
“This is the definition of a win-win situation, not only for us and for HCPA, but most importantly for the citizens of Hamilton County,” he added.