Crisis Response Unit

The Sheriff’s Office is committed to resolving difficult situations using strategies and tactics that emphasize control, containment and resolution with the goal of protecting all life and property. This commitment is carried out by the Crisis Response Unit, comprised by the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). Both teams utilize developed skills, tactics and specialized equipment and capabilities to resolve situations typically outside the realm of the ordinary patrol response.  Members of S.W.A.T. and C.N.T. are committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, service and training.


S.W.A.T. Team

Special Weapons and Tactics

The El Dorado County Sheriff's S.W.A.T. team was founded in 1979; today the team consists of 12 members.  The team averages anywhere from 6 to 16 deployments a year. Deployments generally involve high-risk  searches, arrest warrants, and barricaded subjects. In addition to tactical deployments, the S.W.A.T. team provides tactical training for patrol deputies. Most recently, this training included live fire scenarios at a shooting house and tactical scenarios using simulations.  They've also recently focused on an array of active shooter situations.


S.W.A.T. utilizes three vehicles; a former bank armored van, a former military armored vehicle for tactical use, and a commercial van as an equipment vehicle and tactical command post.


S.W.A.T. arsenal includes Heckler & Koch sub machine guns, Colt M16 A2 rifles and M4 carbines, Remington 700 .308 counter sniper rifles, 37mm and  40mm launching platforms, and Sig Sauer and Glock handguns.

S.W.A.T. team members train an average of 15 hours per month. Each member must pass firearms and physical fitness proficiency tests to remain on the team.


C.N.T.

Crisis Negotiations Team

The Crisis Negotiations Team is comprised of 9 personnel.  The Crisis Negotiation Team is a specialized team within the Crisis Response Unit and responds to many calls with SWAT. The team includes seven skilled verbal communicators who are often used to de-escalate situations. Their ultimate goal is to conclude tense situations with a safe surrender in which all parties walk away un-harmed. 


CNT is often called into situations where suspects have hostages, have barricaded themselves or with those who have suicidal tendencies. Negotiators build rapport with persons in crisis by demonstrating empathy and active listening. They make a conscious effort to really understand a  person who is experiencing crisis and works to determine the proper and safest path of resolution.