The Special Weapons and Tactics Team is the original special team of the Sheriff’s Office. It was formed in 1980 in preparation for the 1982 World’s Fair. The team is comprised of a group of individuals who come together as a team to perform high risk operations that fall outside the abilities of regular officers. Their mission is to resolve high-risk situations such as barricaded persons, hostage situations and high risk search/arrest warrants with no injury to the officers or the suspects. SWAT answers calls, not only in Knox County, but in other counties throughout East Tennessee. They are recognized as one of the best in the state of Tennessee.