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Special Weapons and Tactics/ Southwest Enforcement Bureau

Above: SWAT team training exercise

When a critical incident occurs in the City of Brunswick, the Division of Police calls on a team of officers that have received specialized training and are specially equipped to deal with dangerous situations such as hostage situations, barricaded persons, high-risk warrant service, explosive devices, and heavily-armed criminals. This team is called SWAT for Special Weapons And Tactics. These officers are assigned to other police duties full-time, and respond as SWAT to emergency incidents when they occur.

The SWAT team is a partnership with many of the police departments in the southwest portion of Cuyahoga County, and is called the Southwest Enforcement Bureau (SEB). SEB consists of a tactical team, hostage negotiation team, sniper/scout team, and a bomb team. This pooling of resources allows the Brunswick Police to have a large amount of technical police knowledge and manpower to handle any critical police situation that occurs.

The Brunswick Division of Police also has a partnership with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, by providing one tactical officer and some specialized equipment to that team.

In 2017, the West Region of the SEB tactical team was activated ten times:

  • Strongsville dignitary protection
  • Strongsville barricade armed suspect
  • Parma Heights high risk search warrant
  • Brunswick barricade/murder suspect
  • Brunswick barricade/murder/possible hostage
  • Middleburg Heights high risk search warrant
  • Strongsville buy bust
  • Parma Heights barricade
  • Brook Park barricade with possible hostage
  • Strongsville large event protection

In 2017, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was activated one time:

  • Valley City high risk arrest warrant