The Wadena County Sheriff's Office established a SWAT Team in 1990. At that time it was also known as the Emergency Response Unit (ERU). The Team was comprised of Deputies from the Sheriff's Office and Police Officers from surrounding jurisdictions within the county.
In 2002, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office joined with Hubbard County Sheriff's Office to form a 2 county multi- jurisdictional SWAT Team. This Team of SWAT Operators was (and is) made up of Deputies from the Wadena and Hubbard Sheriff's Offices, and Police Officers from Menahga, Sebeka, Wadena, Staples, and Park Rapids Police Departments. The Team is made up of a Team Leader, 2 Assistant Team Leaders, Operators, and a Team Medic.