Sergeant Ben Parrish
The Burke County SWAT team was formed by Sheriff’s Alfonzo Williams at the beginning of 2017. The SWAT team provides a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the county in handling critical incidents to reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, law enforcement officers, and suspects. Examples of calls that the SWAT Team could respond to include; hostage incidents, barricaded suspects, service of high-risk arrest/search warrants, manhunt operations, and any other critical incident requiring a tactical response. Additionally, the Burke County SWAT team will respond to any critical incident at Plant Vogtle.
Currently, the Burke County SWAT team is a collateral team (part time) with each of its 16 members being assigned to other full-time duties within the Sheriff’s Office when not on SWAT calls or in training.
The SWAT team is led by Sgt. Ben Parrish who has over 18 years of law enforcement experience and over ten years SWAT experience as a tactical officer and team leader.