The Bothell Police Department is a member agency of The North Sound Metro SWAT Team (NSM). North Sound Metro SWAT is a regional Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team that is composed of two distinct elements; the SWAT (tactical) team, and the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT).
The SWAT team is an on-call unit with highly trained, highly capable officers who work to resolve the most dangerous of police calls peacefully. SWAT officers are trained to:
serve high risk search warrants
arrest violent suspects and
successfully resolve hostage situations and barricaded criminal suspects.
The SWAT team also incorporates highly trained officers as Crisis Negotiators. These officers use special training and verbal tactics to "talk" violent persons experiencing behavioral health crises into surrendering to law enforcement.
The SWAT team includes officers from the following jurisdictions:
Lake Forest Park
The team serves a population base of well over a quarter million residents. Current approved staffing for tactical operators is 36, plus three team commanders. HNT is allotted 13 officers.