The Marion County Special Operations Unit (aka S.W.A.T.) was started in 2006 by Sheriff Kevin Williams to help combat the growing drug problem and to have a specialized unit here in Marion County. The Special Operations Unit is made up of certified police officers from the Marion County Sheriff's Department, Hamilton Police Department, and Brilliant Police Department.
Each Special Operations officer is a certified S.W.A.T. officer. Each officer has specialized training in weapons and tactics. This training allows them to aid area agencies in dangerous high risk warrant service, hostage and barricaded situations, and to help keep the citizens of Marion County and surrounding areas safe.
The Marion County Special Operations Unit consists of Commander - Instructor Bill Pendley, Assistant Team Commander David Oliver, Adam Heath, Jimmy Pendley, Scotty Chandler, Danny Purser, Jerard Tidwell, Kevin Bryant, and includes two snipers : Michael Butler and Zach Langston.