The Newark Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team, under the command of Captain Michael Van Campen, consist of officers who are highly trained and equipped to work as a coordinated team to resolve critical incidents that are hazardous, complex, or unusual and may exceed the capabilities of first responders or investigative units. The Newark Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team is currently comprised of (13) members including a Team Commander and Team Leaders. S.W.A.T. also has two members trained as an advanced Sniper/Observer Team.
The team trains bi-weekly to remain abreast with tactics and ensure operational readiness. Members of the S.W.A.T. team receive and participate in enhanced and specialized training from the National Tactical Officers Association and advanced training with our partners from other area teams. Members of Newark Police Department’s S.W.A.T are activated and initiated for high risk warrant services and arrests. S.W.A.T supports investigative units such as the Criminal Investigations Division and/or the US Drug Enforcement Administration.