Riverside Police Department

Special Weapons And Tactics (S.W.A.T.)

 

SWAT FAQs

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  • How many members are on the SWAT Team?

    There are 36 members on the Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Team. Eight (8) officers and one sergeant are assigned to the full-time Multi-Enforcement Tactical Response Operations (METRO) Team. Sixteen officers and two sergeants are assigned as collateral duty officers.

  • What type of guns does the Team carry?

    The SWAT Team has a variety of weapons available for use, but the primary weapon is a Colt Commando rifle and the 1911 .45 Caliber handgun as the secondary weapon. The sniper team (eight officers and one sergeant) uses the Remington 700 bolt action rifles as their primary weapon and a Glock 22 pistol as their secondary weapon.

  • Why does the Team evacuate homes and other buildings during SWAT call-outs?

    The Department's primary concern is public safety during any SWAT incident. Homes and other buildings are sometimes evacuated to ensure the suspect(s) do not harm innocent bystanders.

  • Why does the Team evacuate homes and other buildings during SWAT call-outs?

    The Department's primary concern is public safety during any SWAT incident. Homes and other buildings are sometimes evacuated to ensure the suspect(s) do not harm innocent bystanders.

  • Why does the Team wear hoods?

    The hoods are made of Nomex, which is a material that is fire resistant. This protects SWAT officers from the chemical, fire or glass hazards they may encounter.

  • Why do SWAT operations take so long to complete?

    The goal in any SWAT incident is the safe and legal resolution of the incident. To achieve this, the officers follow a set of procedures that the department believes will produce the safest outcome. This includes negotiating with suspects, evacuating surrounding homes, obtaining warrants and going as far as necessary to ensure the safety of the public, the officers, and the suspect.

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Special Operations
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(951) 353-7941
Magnolia Station:
10540 Magnolia Ave. Ste. B
Riverside, CA 92505
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