Special Operations Unit
The Webster Police Department is a member of the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, a regional task force comprised of 42 towns. Webster Police Department currently has members of two of CEMLEC's units, SWAT and Accident Reconstruction.
The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) SWAT team was started in 1995 and was based out of the Auburn Police Department. It was started as a regional SWAT team that would be based on mutual aid agreements between the participating towns, and they would be able to provide specialized services and manpower to towns that didnít have the manpower or the training that are necessary in certain situations. The original towns on CEMLEC were Auburn, Webster, Southbridge, and Millbury.
Today CEMLEC has grown to cover 42 cities and towns, and CEMLEC not only consists of a SWAT team, but also an accident reconstruction unit and motorcycle unit.
The SWAT team today consists of 32 members. Of that 32, there are negotiators, medics, snipers, as well as entry personnel. They respond to a variety of situations including but not limited to hostage situations, high risk warrant service, tactical searches for wanted persons, as well as for persons that are missing or endangered.
The Webster Police Department has 4 dedicated police officers who are specially trained in the areas of special weapons and tactics. Team members are selected from the patrol division and are required to attend monthly and annual trainings. They are required to remain in top physical condition.
Currently, Lt. Michael Shaw is the CEMLEC SWAT Team Commander and along with two entry team members and a negotiator make up our S.O.U. Team
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