The Covington/Newton County SWAT Team was established in 1979 by retired Sheriff Joe Nichols. The team was formed as a joint venture between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff’s office. Throughout its history, the team has served the citizens of Covington and Newton County as one of the few joint tactical teams in the state. Through the years, the team has known many members including the current Police Chief Stacey Cotton and Sheriff Ezell Brown.
The SWAT team members are on call 24/7 with an average response time of 30 minutes to any location in the county. SWAT is responsible for handling situations such as barricaded suspects, hostage situations, civil unrest, high risk warrant service, and any other special situation/event which may arise. On occasion, the Covington/Newton County SWAT team is called on to assist other agencies in neighboring counties. The team’s continued success is a result of the unwavering cooperation and support between the Chief and Sheriff as well as the team members.