GPD says their SWAT team should be ready by late March

GAINESVILLE, Fla., (WCJB) -- The Gainesville Police Department has released a statement this evening, saying they should have a their new Special Weapons and Training, or SWAT, team leadership trained and ready to take over SWAT responsibilities in the city by midnight on March 25, 2019.

The Gainesville SWAT team had to be deactivated in late November of last year when 4 members resigned, 3 of them were in leadership positions. The city then asked the county for the help of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office's SWAT team with call-outs and search warrants while they trained new leadership for their own team.

In a letter to Sheriff Sadie Darnell of Alachua County, Chief Tony Jones has asked to extend the time in which the ASO SWAT helps the city, but says he anticipates they will have the city's new SWAT leadership team ready by March 25.

In the release, Chief Jones asks GPD officers to thank any ASO SWAT members they see, saying, "This was just another example of the great teamwork between law enforcement agencies here in Alachua County."