The highly trained Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics team is used in situations involving hostage taking, armed barricaded subjects, snipers, or other situations that present a high degree of danger to life or property.
SWAT team members are specially trained in the use of:
- Variety of weapons
- Anti-sniper tactics
- Hostage rescues
- Executive protection
- Capturing barricaded suspects
To become a member, deputies must pass a rigorous physical fitness test, be proficient with a 9mm handgun, and have thorough knowledge of department policies and procedures. The SWAT team trains constantly and members cross-train in all assignments to enhance the team’s effectiveness.