WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-- The White Plains Police Department Special Response Team has met the standard and has been certified a NY State Division of Criminal Justice Services SWAT Team.
White Plains is now one of only two certified teams in New York, both being certified in 2013. This standard was established in 2009, but revamped in 2010 in an effort to standardize Capabilities and Operations of "SWAT" Teams in New York.
The certification process included four main areas of standards:
- Administrative Standards - Team Structure, Team Supervision, Operator Selection.
- Training Standards - Operator Initial Training, Operator Annual Training, Specialty Training, Command and Supervision Training, and Training Records.
- Equipment Standards - Individual Operator Equipment, and Team Equipment.
- Team Capabilities and Operations - Team Capabilities Direct, Team Capabilities Accessible, Deployment Procedures, Tactical Planning/Operations/and Debriefing.
This certification is good for two years. At that time, the White Plains Police Department will be required to re-submit for certification at five-year intervals.