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HCSO SWAT Commander Mark King Promoted to Captain of Uniformed Services


Retires as SWAT Commander after 17 Years

Hamilton County, TN – On Thursday, February 2, 2017, current and former members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics Division (SWAT) honored newly promoted Uniformed Services Captain Mark King for (17)

dedicated years of service as SWAT Commander for the HCSO.

Captain King began his illustrious career as an Explorer in the HCSO Explorer Division while in High School.

He formally joined the agency in 1986 when he was hired as a Corrections Deputy. Since being hired, he has served with distinction in the Corrections, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Narcotics Divisions.

In 1993, Captain King began his tactical experience when he participated in his first tactical training class. He officially joined the HCSO Special Response Team (SRT) in 1997, eventually becoming its Commander in 2000.

The Special Response Team (SRT) was the predecessor of today's HCSO SWAT Team.

In 2003, the SRT Team was converted to a full tactical SWAT team when (20) personnel were trained and joined the team along with several pieces of specialized equipment and vehicles. Captain King would serve as SWAT Commander from 2000 – 2017 when he received his promotion to Captain of Uniformed Services. He is widely acknowledged as the "Father" of today’s modern HCSO SWAT Team.

Captain King is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy and a graduate of the Southeastern Leadership Academy (SELA). He has also participated in numerous leadership and command training courses through the National Tactical Officers Association. He is a departmental instructor and is well known throughout the 3rd District Homeland Security District for his wealth of knowledge, experience, and training.

As Captain of Uniformed Services, Captain King is officially responsible for the day to day operations of the Uniformed Services Division which includes SWAT, Patrol, Marine Patrol, Hostage Negotiation, and various other command level responsibilities.

Captain King is married to his wife of 20 years, Janet King, and together, they have four children. He and his family reside in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.

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