The primary missions for the S.W.A.T.(Special Weapons and Tactics) team
includes high risk operations that fall outside the scope of regular assignments. Duties
may include hostage situations or rescues, counter-terrorism operations, serving high
risk arrest and search warrants, subduing barricaded suspects, or engaging heavily-armed dangerous criminals such as an active shooter event.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T team was formed in the early 1990's. The team has since been continually equipped with modern state of the art equipment. The team is now highly trained in numerous weapons systems including less lethal. The team is also equipped with other specialized protective equipment for the needs of high demanding situations. Members of the current team are voluntary and have primary assignments in various divisions of the Sheriff's Office. Team members participate in a vigorous S.W.A.T. training regimen and assist with the training of other deputies in the department by expanding capabilities of the uniformed deputies. Majority of the SWAT team members are consummate instructors in various law enforcement skills.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office utilizes the LENCO Bearcat. It is a 4×4 wheeled armored response and rescue vehicle. It is used by the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team. It serves as a personnel carrier of Deputies to various, potentially hostile environments. This aids in a faster, safer response. Due to these capabilities, critical incidents can be resolved much quicker providing safety to the citizens of Terrebonne Parish in a more efficient manner.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office has a valuable asset with its Mobile Command Center. This vehicle can be utilized after a hurricane where radio communications may be inoperable at their current base location. It can also be easily deployed to the scene of a critical incident where officials and administrators can obtain information promptly, expediting a resolution. It is equipped with radio communications equipment, a conference room and exterior cameras. This vehicle quickly becomes the home base for any large scale event.