The Weatherford/Parker County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is a multijurisdictional team that was originally started in 1995 as a joint venture between the Parker County Sheriff’s Department and the Weatherford Police Department. Currently the team is made up of multiple SWAT operators, SWAT Medics and Crisis Negotiators from the following Parker County Agencies:
Weatherford Police Department
Weatherford Fire Department
Parker County Sheriff’s Office
Springtown Police Department
Parker County Precinct 2 Constable Office
Lifecare EMS Ambulance Service.
The Weatherford/Parker County SWAT Team’s primary mission is the resolution of dangerous and/or difficult police situations outside the realm of the ordinary patrol response, through the use of developed skills, tactics and specialized equipment and capabilities. The team is responsible for addressing special threat situations including serving high-risk search and arrest warrant, barricaded subjects, hostage situations and engaging heavily armed or fortified criminals.
The Weatherford/Parker County SWAT team is a part-time team from members who participate in this specialized unit as a collateral duty to their regular assignments. In addition to their regular duties, SWAT personnel train 16 hours each month on a variety of tactics. Personnel assigned to the SWAT team are subject to call back 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to handle any SWAT related incident.
Commander Ronnie Villarreal is the Weatherford Police Department department liaison for the specialized unit. He has an additional one additional team leader from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.