Lieutenant John Franz
The Sparks Police Department SWAT Team is a part-time tactics team consisting of officers throughout the Department. Being a member of the SWAT Team is a collateral duty to an officer/detectives’ normal duties and responsibilities. Officers on the SWAT Team possess specific equipment and training for addressing high risk situations. These situations include serving warrants involving high risk suspects, barricaded suspects, hostage situations and dignitary protections.
Officers assigned to the SWAT Team must pass a seven-stage test to be eligible for consideration to the team. This test consists of two challenging physical tests, a written exercise, a handgun marksmanship course, an obstacle course, a weapons manipulation drill, a tactical movement drill and an oral interview. Once assigned to the SWAT Team, officers attend a basic SWAT school and begin training with the SWAT Team. The SWAT Team trains twice a month and receives an additional one week period per year train. The SWAT Team’s training consists of handgun and rifle marksmanship, traditional and explosive breaching, tactical movement, open area searches and much more.
Crisis Negotiators are also assigned to the SWAT Team to assist in deescalating and peaceable resolving dangerous situations.