Special Weapons and Tactics Team
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.