Ideally, the Trophy Club police would never need a SWAT team.
But hostage situations or felony warrants are part of any growing city, and Trophy Club has wisely asked to share resources by joining the Keller-based North Tarrant Regional SWAT team.
As the cities of north Tarrant County and southern Denton County grow, Keller has become a central provider of governmental services. Keller sells 911 services to Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake, and also hosts a joint city jail and shared animal control services.
Keller started a SWAT team in 1986, at a time of higher crime rates, and since has lined up partnerships with Colleyville, Roanoke and Southlake.
Here’s how the agreement works: Instead of starting and equipping an expensive SWAT team, other cities share two officers twice a month for training and take on a share of the costs.
For a special police team that’s only needed about once every two months, it’s cheaper all around to divide the expenses as broadly as possible.