Special Weapons and Tactics / Crisis Negotiations Team (SWAT TEAM)


The mission of the City of Madison Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is to safely resolve high-risk situations through the professional utilization of specialized equipment, negotiation and tactics. SWAT members will abide by all Madison Police Department policies, and act in accordance with the department's operating philosophy and core values.

MPD SWAT is committed to service, professionalism and constant improvement. SWAT will seek to resolve incidents through negotiation whenever possible, and all actions taken by the team will be based on the following safety priorities:

  • Citizens
  • Officers
  • Suspects

SWAT may be utilized for high-risk situations that exceed the capabilities of standard MPD response. These include:

  • High-risk warrant service
  • Barricaded subjects
  • Hostage situations
  • High-risk fugitive apprehension
  • Dignitary protection
  • Special events
  • Crowd management/crowd control contingency
  • Other high-risk situations