S.W.A.T. (special weapons and tactics) team is an elite tactical unit assigned to the Special Operations Group which is commanded by Major Nathan Honeycutt. They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular patrol officers. SWAT team members' duties include: performing hostage rescues and counter-terrorism operations; serving high risk arrest and search warrants; subduing barricaded suspects; and engaging heavily-armed criminals. S.W.A.T. is trained and supervised by Lieutenant Ken Sircy.
The K-9 Unit is trained and supervised by Sergeant James Harris. The K-9 unit is trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The Cookeville Police Department has six K-9's. A bloodhound, two Belgian Malinois and three German Shepards. Five of our K-9's are dual certified; (drugs & patrol). The five are USPCA certified on a yearly basis.
The Crisis Negotiation Team ; (CNT) is a component of the Special Operations Group. Its purpose is to assist in crisis situations by talking with the person(s) experiencing the crisis and attempt to resolve the situation peacfully. CNT is trained and supervised by Detective Lieutenant Carl Sells.