The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons And Tactics Team is a multi-agency tactical team which is not only made up of deputies from the Sheriff’s Office but also from Parker Police, Lone Tree Police and Castle Rock Police Departments. The team was established in 1984 to meet the special policing issues of our rapidly growing community. The team structure includes an Operations Commander, Tactical Commander, and Team Leaders. The team includes entry elements, K-9 elements, sniper elements, bomb squad and a tactical paramedic unit. South Metro Fire Rescue Authority provides tactical medical support on all missions. The S.W.A.T. paramedic concept has been an integral part of this team since 1986. The first of its kind in Colorado, the S.W.A.T. paramedic concept is now being emulated by others finding paramedic members a distinct advantage.
Another component of S.W.A.T. is the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). Negotiators provide a non-lethal approach to ending volatile situations. They also provide intelligence support. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center assists by providing critical incident team dispatchers. They also have the ability to dispatch remotely from the scene with a mobile command post.
The team’s missions range from high risk warrant service, executive / dignitary protection details,drug raids, fugitive apprehension, to barricaded gunmen, hostage situations, and active killer situations. The team is trained in and equipped with specialized weapons and equipment. The team has special training and experience in interior building assaults in office complexes, schools, shopping centers. S.W.A.T. is also prepared to handle exterior missions in urban and rural terrain to include the Pike National Forest.
Team members are required to maintain high physical standards and weapons proficiency, both of which are regularly tested. Internal file reviews ensure that all members are maintaining high evaluation scores and good work practices. Team members are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are able to respond immediately from their location to any call-outs or incidents. The majority of the team members are issued take-home cars for efficiency in response and availability of equipment.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team has developed an experienced, efficient, highly effective unit capable of providing the response and service needed to keep our communities safe.