Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)


The El Dorado County Sheriff's SWAT team was established in 1979, and since then, it has been an essential component of our agency's law enforcement operations. Today, the team is comprised of fifteen highly trained entry members, four skilled snipers, four tactical medics, and two canine teams. The primary purpose of the SWAT team is to execute high-risk search warrants, arrest warrants, and resolve barricaded subject situations. The SWAT team also provides tactical training to our patrol deputies to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to respond effectively to critical incidents.

In addition to its highly skilled personnel, the SWAT team has a fleet of specialized vehicles to support its operations. These vehicles include a Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle, a Rook, which is an armored critical incident vehicle, and an equipment vehicle responsible for transporting essential equipment to the scene.

The SWAT team's arsenal includes Glock handguns, Colt M4 rifles, Accuracy International AT .308 caliber sniper rifles, McMillan TAC 50 sniper rifles, and 40 mm launching platforms that are used for less lethal and chemical agent delivery. All these weapons have been carefully selected to ensure that our SWAT team is equipped with the best tools available to respond to any critical situation.

The SWAT team collaborates closely with other specialized units, including the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Drone Team to resolve critical incidents effectively. Regular coordination and cooperation between these teams is essential to ensure a safe and successful resolution to any dangerous situation. The SWAT team understands the importance of effective teamwork and is committed to working closely with all specialized units to provide the highest level of service to the community.

To maintain their readiness, SWAT team members undergo rigorous and regular training, with each member training an average of 15 hours per month. To become an effective SWAT operator, every member must pass a physically demanding test that assesses their mental toughness and skill level.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's SWAT team is a vital asset to our agency, providing highly specialized and critical services to our community. We are proud of our SWAT team members and their commitment to public safety.