SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS TEAM (SWAT) The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. Team is comprised of sergeants and deputies from the Sheriff's Office and operators from the Belmont and East Palo Alto police departments. The SWAT Team's mission is to provide specialized support in situations posing a threat to the life and safety of the citizens of San Mateo County. Many of these situations involve law enforcement tactical operations in a high-risk environment.
Terrorism Counter Assault Team (TCAT)
The San Mateo County Terrorism Counter Assault Team (TCAT) was formed by the San Mateo County Sheriff and Police Chief's Association as a result of terrorist acts against the United States of America on September 11, 2001. The TCAT Team is a specialized emergency responder team that consists of tactical operators from established SWAT resources within this county. The team is capable of responding to, and operating in, a weapon of mass destruction environment as an immediate intervention team until federal resources can respond.
Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
The Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) is an on-call unit requiring quick response to situations where SWAT/CNU is needed. Members of the unit possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to work under stressful conditions in a team environment. Prior to appointment, members attend a basic forty hour course in hostage negotiations where practical applications as well as the psychology behind hostage taking are taught. In addition CNU members are Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) trained which helps when dealing with those with mental illnesses. The unit is activated throughout the county and remains on scene until a successful conclusion is reached.