Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
The Arcadia Police Department's SWAT team consists of one team captain, one team lieutenant, two team leaders, two snipers, 11 operators, three tactical dispatchers, and six auxiliary personnel that assist during live operations.
The SWAT team utilizes specialized resources during trainings and call-outs that include armored personnel carrier, an armored Bear Cat, a reconnaissance robot, a logistics vehicle and trailer, and robotic eyeballs for intelligence gathering purposes.
In an effort to provide a better understanding of the SWAT team's purpose and mission, we share the following excerpts from the Team's Operations Manual:
The mission of the Arcadia Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is to utilize specialized tactics, training and equipment to resolve unusual problems or incidents that require the actions of a professionally training team in order to maximize safety to the community and law enforcement personnel.
The primary purpose of the Arcadia Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team is to save lives. This includes the lives of innocent members of the community, responding law enforcement personnel, and suspects who may be threatened by dangerous events. This purpose is accomplished through the deployment of carefully selected and trained personnel who have appropriate tools and tactics to handle many different high-risk situations.
This year, APD continued to see the SWAT team progress in its training goals. As new members are appointed to the team, they are introduced to team tactics and philosophies. The team's annual physical fitness test is also evolving on an annual basis as it aims to increase advanced fitness levels and broaden job specific tasks and skills.
The Department continues to build strong working relationships with the Pasadena SWAT team and has worked many operations with them over the years. 2016 looks to be another productive and progressive year for the SWAT team as training and development of the team continues.