The Garden Grove Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team consists of a group of specially selected officers who have been highly trained in the use of special weapons and tactics for the purpose of handling high risk situations involving barricaded suspects, hostage takers, high risk warrant service, or other situations requiring training and expertise beyond the capabilities of the regular police officer. SWAT officers also provide security for the City’s special community events, such as the annual Strawberry Festival, Korean Festival, and Tet Festival. Officers assigned to the SWAT team are required to pass a physical agility and strength test and a psychological examination. The SWAT team trains each month to sharpen their skills and abilities. Components of the SWAT team include a gas unit, entry teams, a Hostage Negotiation Team, and sniper teams.
The mission of the Garden Grove Police Department’s SWAT team is to bring a successful conclusion to high risk situations through the use of specially equipped and highly trained personnel without injury or loss of life to citizens, suspects, or police officers.