Two years ago, the team responded to 27 incidents. Last year, SWAT was activated two additional times. While that may not seem like a big difference, the overall number demonstrates how it can add up.
The team costs taxpayers over $300,000 each year. Each incident is estimated to cost you $12,000. However, officials say the cost to not have a team is even greater.
"The toll that we often see when a tactical team is not used is actually lives lost, and so using a SWAT team is much safer, and has a great deal of benefit to the community," said Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb.
Community donations help offset the expenses. For example, HAPO recently donated $5,000 to rebuild an armored vehicle.