Tonight, america has reason to be proud of the dedicated men and women who worked hard to capture the Boston Marathon terrorist. This successful effort highlights the need for every local government to be prepared.
Greenburgh is prepared! I thought readers would be interested in learning about our special operations unit (SWAT team), Hostage negotiating team
Special Operations Unit
Sgt. Anthony P. McVeigh, Commanding Officer
The Special Operations Unit was established in August of 2007 in order to consolidate and enhance the oversight of the various specialized tactical and rescue units within the Greenburgh Police Department. These units include:
Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh and the Villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown.
Hostage Negotiation Team (H.N.T.) - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh.
Technical Rescue Team - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh Firefighters from the Fairview and Greenville Fire Departments.
K-9 Unit - Comprised of a Police Officer/handler and canine “Patriot” from the Town of Greenburgh.
Mobile Command Center Unit - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh.
Officers in each of these units are required to undergo a rigorous selection process before assignment to a specific team. Each Officer must attend monthly training in addition to courses sponsored outside of the department. All training is coordinated through the Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer.
The Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer serves as liaison to the various police departments providing personnel to these units, and to the numerous emergency response agencies within and outside of the Town of Greenburgh.
We hope that we will never need to use our specialized teams but you should feel good knowing that your police department is very prepared for an emergency.