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The Manteca Police Departmentís Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team was formed in 1983. The team was comprised of seven police officers. The original equipment consisted of handguns (revolvers) and shotguns. Training occurred one day a month. The original SWAT vehicle, an ambulance, was converted to fill the needs of SWAT.

The current SWAT Team consists of two Sergeants (Team Commander), (Team Leader), and eight police officers. The SWAT Team also works closely with a tactical dispatch team and the departmentís Crisis Response Team. The SWAT Team is a part-time unit with its team members assigned to various units throughout the Manteca Police Department. The SWAT Team trains twice monthly, ten hours each day in many different disciplines and is on call twenty-four hours a day. The team members have all undergone intensive, specialized training, including a rigorous quarterly physical fitness qualification. Each officer is issued personal weapons and equipment. The team is equipped with the newest weaponry and technology including; assault rifles, diversionary devices, less lethal weapons and video equipment which enables the team to search attic/crawl spaces without jeopardizing team safety.

SWAT Disciplines

Some of the SWAT Team disciplines include.

  • Critical Decision Making
  • Communication Skills
  • Mental and Physical Disciplines
  • Rappelling
  • Special Weapons
  • Ordinance
  • Hostage Rescue
  • Indoor Search Techniques and Philosophy
  • Outdoor Search Techniques and Philosophy
  • Entry Techniques and Philosophy
  • Active Shooter
  • Less Lethal
  • Weapon Retention
  • Officer Rescue
  • Vehicle/Bus Assaults


The Manteca Police Departmentís SWAT Team is a support resource within the police department. The team is also available to any local, regional, state or federal law enforcement agency upon request.

The primary objective of the Manteca Police Departmentís SWAT Team is to solve problems efficiently and effectively, using whatever means are available, whatever force is reasonable and necessary, with minimal risk to all involved.

The following are examples of situations that, by their potentially violent and/or specialized nature, indicate the recommendation of SWAT Team mobilization.

  • Armed suspect(s) with hostages.
  • Rescue of hostage(s), trapped, or isolated officers.
  • Barricaded gunman or suspected barricaded gunman.
  • Use of Chemical agents.
  • Service of search warrants on violent or potentially violent suspect(s).
  • Arrest of violent or potentially violent suspect(s)
  • Protection of police and firefighter personnel or equipment. involved in the suppression of civil disorder.
  • Riot or potential riot.
  • Any situation that requires or potentially requires the use of the SWAT Teamís specialized training, tactics and equipment.

The Manteca Police Departmentís SWAT Team is committed to the community and officer safety.

To contact the SWAT Team, click here.

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