The Butte County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T Team is a level II tactical team, and is comprised of three distinct disciplines, all dedicated to protecting the citizens of Butte County, and to the preservation of life.
S.W.A.T has a fourteen-man entry team and two reserve medics. Three of the operators are cross-trained as snipers. Snipers (also known as counter-snipers) provide invaluable intelligence gathering missions, provide long range cover for the entry team, as well as effecting long distance shots to save hostages from further danger.
Critical incidents are often alleviated through the use of the Hostage Negotiations Team (H. N. T.). Team members are specially trained to assist in the peaceful resolution of hostile situations through negotiations.
The entry team is used as a final option during critical incidents. The safety of all persons involved is the goal of every S. W. A. T. member, whether it be the Deputies, innocent victims, or the suspect’s.
S. W. A. T. may be utilized in the following types of situations:
- Barricaded suspects
- Hostage taking scenarios
- Sniper shootings
- Mexican National Marijuana Grows
- Terrorist acts
- School shootings
- High-risk warrant service
The S.W.A.T. team uses different uniforms depending on the mission, and climate. S.W.A.T. members are cross trained in several weapons platforms including fully automatic rifles and submachine guns, shotguns, and pistols.
S.W.A.T. additionally utilizes several types of vehicles including armored vehicles, transport trucks, helicopters, and any other type of vehicle necessary.