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Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
SWAT Situations
At an ever-increasing rate, situations involving special threats are confronting law enforcement agencies. Standard patrol resources have neither the manpower, training, nor equipment to effectively cope with those special threats.

Experience has indicated that when inadequate resources and tactics are used, death and injury may result unnecessarily among police, hostages, suspects, and innocent civilians.

SWAT Duties
The Lewiston SWAT Team was established to provide assistance when a situation arises that exceeds the capabilities of standard patrol resources. Situations which may require the use of the SWAT Team include:
  • Sniper incidents
  • Hostage incidents
  • Barricaded suspects who are armed or potentially dangerous
  • Service of felony arrests or search warrants involving suspects that are believed to be armed, or when there is a potential threat to officer safety or public safety
  • Any tactically complex situation where the use of the SWAT Team might reduce or eliminate potential danger

The goals of the SWAT Team are as follows:
  • Isolate and contain the suspects
  • Safety of officers
  • Safety of hostages or persons located within the incident area
  • Apprehend suspects
  • Preserve and recover evidence

Team Structure
The Lewiston SWAT Team is made up of a total of 15 officers. There are 12 officers assigned to the Tactical Unit and three officers assigned to the Negotiation Unit.

The Lewiston SWAT Team is made up of officers from the Lewiston Police Department, the Nez Perce County Sheriffs Department and the Clarkston Police Department.