318 N. Court St. Opelousas, La 70570
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Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T)
SWAT responds upon the request of the Commander of the Patrol Division to barricade/hostage episodes, and/or suicide intervention, as well as initiate service of high risk warrants for all Department entities.
The Commander of the Patrol Division shall request SWAT when at a barricaded or hostage incident when the suspect is probably armed; the suspect is believed to have been involved in a criminal act or is a significant threat to the lives and safety of the public and/or police; the suspect is in a position of advantage, affording cover and concealment or is contained in an open area and the presence or approach of police officers could precipitate an adverse
reaction by the suspect; and, the suspect refuses to submit to arrest.
The Opelousas Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) has provided a ready response to situations that were beyond the capabilities of normally equipped and trained Department personnel. Since its inception, OPD SWAT Team members have been involved in the safe rescue of numerous hostages, arrested scores of violent suspects and earned many commendations and citations. The need for SWAT expertise and assistance with warrant service is dependent upon: unusual circumstances beyond the capabilities of normal warrant service; heavily fortified location; weapons are present and have been used in the past; gang members are known to be present; use of diversionary tactics is anticipated; and, door and window pulls are anticipated.