The Torrance Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was established in 1978 as a solution to situations that were beyond the capabilities of the regularly equipped and trained officer. The primary goal of the SWAT Team is to safely resolve potentially dangerous situations by utilizing experience, training, and specialized tools and equipment. The SWAT Team is responsible for handling high-risk, tactical operations involving barricaded suspects, hostage situations, active shooter incidents and high-risk warrant services. Additionally, the detail is tasked with providing security for visiting dignitaries and politicians.
The Torrance Police Department SWAT Team consists of 22 team members and is supervised by a lieutenant and multiple sergeants or team leaders. Membership on the team is a collateral assignment and each team member also holds a full-time primary assignment within the police department.
After selection to the SWAT Team, members attend an 80 hour CA POST approved SWAT School. The team continuously trains with some of the finest tactical units in the nation including the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau.