The Ontario Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team was conceived as a result of the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
The SWAT Team consists of a predetermined number of specially selected sworn personnel, who receive continuous specialized training. They are brought together primarily for the purpose of implementing the use of their tactics and equipment in certain high-risk situations. The primary goal of SWAT is a reduction in risk and protection of life and property.
SWAT is called upon to handle situations such as an armed or barricaded suspect, with or without hostages. These persons pose the potential of extreme risk to the lives and safety of officers and citizens when they refuse to submit to arrest. SWAT is utilized to execute high-risk search and arrest warrants, and provide executive protection.
SWAT is supplemented by a Hostage Negotiations Team. SWAT relies heavily on the professional negotiations expertise and strong working relationship provided by the Hostage Negotiations Team.