The SWAT Team is a twelve member part-time tactical team that is commanded by 1st Sergeant Chris Kite. Each team member is a volunteer; qualified candidates undergo a rigorous selection process which includes physical agility testing, weapons qualification and training in basic SWAT operations. Once selected, SWAT Officers complete basic and advanced SWAT Training through the Department Of Criminal Justice Services and a host of other specialized schools. The team conducts tactical training on a monthly basis and frequently conducts joint training with other area tactical teams.
Team in Action
2017 SWAT Competition
Each year the Augusta County Swat Team participates in the SWAT competition that is hosted by the Harrisonburg Police Department. A number of police agencies from around the Commonwealth attend and participate in this annual event. A few pictures from this year's event are shown below.
Scaling an obstacle
Navigating the course
SWAT members on the range
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office SWAT team‘s goal is to save lives. We strive to achieve this goal by being on the cutting edge of training and tactics. We maintain our existing skills and are constantly looking to learn new ones.
The SWAT team responds to barricaded suspects, hostage rescue mission, hazardous warrant services, dignitary protection and any other mission designated by the Sheriff.