Hamburg Township police officers are members of the the Livingston Regional SWAT Team. This SWAT team came into existence in January of 2019 with the formal execution of a Mutual Aid Agreement which formally consolidated two local Special Response Teams (SRT), the Southeast Livingston SRT Team and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department SRT Team.
Prior to the consolidation, the sheriff’s department had a department SRT Team consisting of only sheriff deputies while the Southeast Livingston SRT Team had been active since 2012 and consisted of officers from the City of Brighton, Hamburg Township and Green Oak Township. Both teams generally worked independent of each other.
In January of 2018 discussions began about consolidating the two SRT teams in order to maximize personnel, equipment and resources which would enhance the capabilities/services that could be provided to the residents of Livingston County as well as lead to the long-term stability of a tactical team within the county. Shortly thereafter, the two SRT Teams began training together. Additionally, other police agencies within the county were invited to train with the teams. The City of Howell accepted the invitation. The purpose of the joint training was to determine the feasibility of sharing resources and personnel in order to have a one county-wide SWAT Team. The experiment was a success and the Livingston Regional SWAT was born consisting of 24 officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brighton Police Department, Hamburg Township Police Department, Green Oak Police Department and City of Howell Police Department.