The SWAT Unit is is responsible for responding to crisis situations which pose imminent danger to human life. There are currently 28 members of the SWAT Unit who are specially trained to respond to crisis situations and assist other members of the agency with search warrants. These 28 members are required to participate in bimonthly training and attend numerous training seminars and schools across the county.
Deputies interested in becoming members of the SWAT Unit must be with the Sheriff’s Office more than two years and pass a rigorous physical fitness test within a set time limit. Once on the team, members participate in call outs, search warrants, hostage situations, barricaded suspects, and other crisis situations.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Unit is also a member of the Region 1 Regional Domestic Security Task Force and could be requested to respond to terrorist incidents within the region.