The Special Response Team consists of the SWAT Team and The Hostage Negotiations Team. Officers associated with these groups respond to situations, which by their nature are more dangerous than the majority of calls requiring police action. The SWAT team has 16 total members to include 10 on the entry team, 4 on the perimeter team and 2 snipers. The SWAT team also has a small support team comprised of three officers whose duties are: to bring necessary equipment to scenes; operate the camera and robot; gather any other additional data or equipment needed to bring the situation to a successful conclusion. The Lebanon SWAT Team is recognized by Homeland Security as a type III team. The Hostage Negotiations Team has 8 members. Each member is trained to perform all roles needed during a negotiation. SRT members train twice a month as well as attend specialized schools.
The Lebanon Police Department must be prepared to effectively respond to a situation, which would require the use of a Special Response Team such as: barricaded person situations; hostage situations; high-risk warrant service operations; undercover tactical operations; special circumstances such as crowd control, etc. Every situation is different, but a basic plan provides each team with guidelines on how to bring the situation to a successful conclusion.