This department is more commonly referred to by other departments as "SWAT", which stands for "Special Weapons and Tactics". The Sealy Police Department has several certified SWAT officers and hostage negotiators. These officers are also members of the Austin County SRT. This is a tactical police team who are trained and equipped to safely resolve high risk situations that are beyond those which can be can be safely handled by the standard police response. These situations include but are not limited to: barricaded subjects, hostage situations, VIP protection, and high risk search warrants. The top priority for the SRT is to successfully accomplish its mission and resolve the incident with no injury to citizens or its members.
The SRT is comprised of members of the Sealy Police Department, Austin County Sheriff’s Office, Bellville Police Department and Austin County Constables Office. All of the members have other primary assignments in their departments and serve on the Team on an “on-call” basis. Officers who wish to be on the SRT must pass a selection process prior to assignment. Team members are then required to maintain an above average level of firearms proficiency and physical fitness, as well as demonstrate safe tactical skills to remain on the Team.
The Team attends local training on a routine basis and several members receive specialized training throughout the state. The training is focused on improving firearms skills, building entry skills and other specialized tactical skills related to special requirements placed on Team members.
The SRT has a variety of specialized weapons and equipment. This includes special equipment to minimize risk of injury to officers. The Team is continually acquiring additional equipment to allow the Team to perform its functions at minimal risk to the public and its members. SRT members take great pride in their level of preparation and readiness. They are always looking forward to challenges that may be presented to them in the future.