The Stillwater Police Department Special Operations Team was created to contend with special situations which may require a police response outside normal police capabilities. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
At full strength the team is composed of 17 individuals including a Team Commander, 12 Police Officers, 3 Paramedics and a Physician. The paramedics are full time Stillwater Fire Department Paramedics. The physician is a full time emergency room physician with the Stillwater Medical Center. All are volunteers and hold reserve police certifications with the authority to enforce criminal laws and make arrests.
The SOT is a part-time, on call, unit that an officer must volunteer for outside of his/her regular duty assignment. In order to be accepted to the SOT, officers must complete a physical agility testing process, firearms proficiency test, and a scenario based interview. If the applicant successfully completes the testing procedures, final approval and appointment to the SOT is at the discretion of the Chief of Police. Once accepted to the SOT, officers are required to attend Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School and must attend monthly team training.