Created in 2005, OVPD is a founding member of the Pima Regional Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team. The Pima County Sheriff and governing board of participating police chiefs manage the team. Seven different local participating law enforcement agencies make up the SWAT team. The Pima Regional SWAT Team serves as a national model for regional tactical law enforcement and has created one of the largest and most progressive SWAT team in the state. The board is the final authority in all SWAT matters to include: budget, policies and procedures, manpower, equipment, etc.
The Pima Regional SWAT Team is composed of several distinct elements: four tactical squads, two negotiations squads, the Pima Regional Bomb Squad, the Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit and one squad of Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) medics. These elements work together to resolve dangerous incidents that pose a risk to the lives of the residents of Pima County. These incidents include hostage situations, barricaded subjects, suicidal persons, high-risk arrest situations, high-risk search warrants, and other crimes or situations where the added training and resources of the SWAT team are needed.