The Wenatchee Police Department has been an integral part of the Chelan County Regional S.W.A.T team since 1996. We’re proud to work with deputies from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office to provide support for officers and deputies, as well as the citizens in our community.
The tactical team operates in support of regular patrol officers and detectives in high-risk situations. All of the officers assigned to the team serve as patrol officers and deputies and the S.W.A.T. roles they perform are additional duties. The S.W.A.T. team consists of entry team members, snipers, a team leader, assistant team leader, sniper team leader and other positions. This team trains together to complete missions assigned to them as safely as possible. The team also boasts a Team Commander from the Sheriff’s Department and a Captain from the Wenatchee Police Department who offer administrative support for team members. Each officer has completed specialized training and has extensive experience with precision shooting while maintaining high levels of physical fitness. The team is armed with heavy-barreled .308-caliber sniper rifles and .223-caliber AR-15 rifles.
Our missions are many and can include search warrants, marijuana grow operations, barricaded subject calls and many others. Since the officers on the team train and work together, and possess precision equipment, S.W.A.T. team members are often best able to deal with very difficult situations.