The LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team is renowned worldwide as one of the foremost police tactical units in contemporary law enforcement. These highly trained officers provide a ready response to situations that are beyond the capabilities of normally equipped and trained Department personnel. SWAT is called upon to respond to high-risk situations where suspects are holding hostages, threatening suicide or barricading themselves. SWAT also initiates service of high-risk warrants for all Department entities and serves to control difficult-to-secure open areas that pose a significant threat to officers and/or civilians. Since its inception in 1967, the LAPD SWAT team has safely rescued hostages, arrested scores of violent suspects, and garnered hundreds of commendations and medals.
In addition to using donations to update equipment, members of the LAPD SWAT Team are active supporters of the community and give back to community programs, collaborate with youth and local non-profits.
SWAT's own officer Tim Colomey ran RTRLA's 10K in full tactical gear and coordinated our Kids Fun Run during the Expo, entertaining young runners and adults with the help of his son.