Monday, January 23, 2017
Special Operations Unit


The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team is a team comprised of deputies at the Sheriff's Office who volunteer to complete additional training and respond to high risk situations. All operators are required to complete a basic SWAT school and attend monthly training sessions in order to maintain the high level of preparedness required by SWAT.

The objective of the SWAT team is to utilize the minimum amount of force necessary to achieve a successful conclusion of an operation, with minimum hazard to citizens, property, and the deputies involved.

The following are examples of situations that, by their nature, may require the deployment of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit:

• Armed suspect with hostage
• Barricaded gunman or suspected barricaded gunman
• Sniper or suspected sniper
• High risk felony arrest warrants
• Secure buildings in the service of search warrants
• Use of chemical agents
• Riot or potential riot
• VIP security/security of life threatened citizens
• High risk prisoner transportation
• Jail uprising
• The mission of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team is to save lives.


The Lancaster County Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is comprised of officers from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The team members are required to respond on a 24/7 basis for crisis situations that occur within Lancaster County. A crisis situation includes: suicidal and/or barricaded subjects, hostage situations, high-risk warrants, emotionally disturbed individuals and any other situation deemed necessary on a case by case basis.

The CNT typically responds with the Lancaster Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. This ensures that the officers responsible for talking to the individuals in crisis are kept safe and can concentrate on their assignment knowing that they have protection from the potential threat posed from that individual.

The CNT members are all required to attend a 40-Hour Basic Negotiation Course. Numerous training days are held throughout the year to enhance team response. This includes classroom training, equipment drills and scenario-based training exercises.

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