Patrick is a 1979 graduate of Waco High School. He attended McLennan Community College and started with the Waco Police Department as a Cadet in 1980. Sgt. Swanton was selected to attend the Waco Police Department’s academy in 1981.

In Swanton’s 29 + years of service with the Waco Police Department, his assignments have been numerous. The first ten years he served in Patrol as a Patrol Officer, Special Investigator, and Field Training Officer training new recruits.

During the next four years, Swanton was assigned to the Special Operation’s Unit (S.W.A.T. Team) where he became certified as a Crisis Negotiator. Swanton has attended many courses in negotiation and holds basic through advanced certificates in Crisis Intervention. Sgt. Swanton is currently the team leader over the Crisis Intervention Unit. While in Special Operations he furthered his training by attending a course provided by the National Guard on helicopter assaults and courses on basic through advanced S.W.A.T. Team Tactics. While in Special Operations Swanton was also involved in the aftermath at Mount Carmel and was awarded the Police Commendation bar along with his other teammates for their involvement.

In September of 1994 Swanton transferred to the Community Services Section where he specialized in Crime and Drug Prevention Programs. Swanton taught groups ranging from children to the elderly. Swanton also attended D.A.R.E. Officer training where he became certified as a D.A.R.E. Instructor. While attending D.A.R.E School, Swanton received the award of “Top Team Member” from his D.A.R.E Instructor. Sgt. Swanton has been the guest speaker at meetings such as Kiawanas club, Young Lawyers Association, Boy Scout Ceremonies, VA Women’s groups, McLennan Community College, Baylor University, and others.

In June of 1999 Sgt. Swanton transferred back to Patrol where he was promoted the following October to Sergeant. In 2003 Sgt. Swanton took over as the Sergeant of the Family Violence Unit where he is currently assigned. He has twice been awarded the Police Commendation Bar, as well as the Certificate of Merit Bar, and the Meritorious Unit Award.

Swanton holds a Master Police Officer Certificate and an Instructor’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. Sgt. Swanton also holds a certificate as a Basic School Resource Officer. He also has served on the Board of the Waco Police Association, Vice President of Training with the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators Board of Directors overseeing statewide training for negotiators throughout Texas and has served on the Board of Directors for the Family Abuse Shelter.

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Elderly Domestic & Sexual Violence Training

San Antonio, TX
May 10-12, 2017
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Training Topics

  • Rape Awareness and Sensitivity for Men
  • Incest Case Study “House of Secrets”
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse
  • "How the System Failed a Little Girl." The Jaycee Dugard Case Review
  • The Nexus Between DV and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • The Effects of Childhood Trauma in Later Years
  • The Psychology of Abuse. “Why Does He Do It?”
  • When DV Becomes Workplace Violence
  • Family Related Homicide/Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Model Policy for Law Enforcement Response to Domestic Violence
  • Ways to Reduce DV in Law Enforcement and Military Families
  • Case History Crystal Judson Braeme
  • Human Sexual Trafficking
  • Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Do Batterers' Intervention Programs Work?
  • Developing Coordinated Community Programs to Combat DV
  • Bystander Intervention in DV “How You Can Help”