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Petaluma Police SWAT Unit

The Petaluma Police Department maintains an exceedingly motivated, trained and responsive group of officers who are available to respond to any critical situation and/or high-risk incident seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Team members are given primary assignments based upon their skill level, experience and ability. The officers can be assigned to entry, containment, chemical agent delivery, scouts, and sniper positions. The SWAT Team is equipped and trained in the use of many different methods for diffusing most dangerous situations facing law enforcement. Incorporating specialized weapons, tactical responses and teamwork, the SWAT Team works with other units of the Special Operations Team to bring peaceful solutions to critical incidents, such as:

  • Arrest of armed and dangerous subjects
  • Barricaded subjects
  • High-risk buildings or open field searches
  • Hostage situations
  • High-risk warrant service
  • All other situations that exceed weaponry or training of patrol officers

In order to maintain the needed proficiency and skill level to perform as a member of the SWAT Team, the SWAT team practices monthly. Training consists of individual firearm proficiency in the use of their respective weapons and team movement drills. Each member is required to develop training classes and scenarios several times a year to ensure everyone is involved in making the team successful.

The SWAT Team uses many different tools and weapons to complete any situation assigned to handle. This list would include the specialized weapons used by the various team members, ballistic shields, breaching tools, chemical agents, night vision equipment, less lethal projectiles and other assorted tools needed to fulfill the mission.

In order to be eligible for the SWAT Team, members should have three years of law enforcement experience, maintain consistent firearms proficiency, pass a demanding physical test that covers possible situations the operator may have to deal with, and pass an oral board test. An officer selected for the SWAT Team must attend a school where all requirements must be passed in order to graduate. Selected team members are leaders, and as such, are expected to be role models throughout the department. They are tested continually to ensure they maintain the necessary physical fitness and weapon capabilities needed to perform the job.

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EMERGENCY cell phone calls: 707.762.2727


Non-Emergency: 707.778.4372
Fax: 707.656.4059

Ken Savano, Chief of Police
969 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952


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