Crisis Response Unit - SWAT

Photo: SWAT LogoThe Pendleton Police Department Crisis Response Unit was established in the 1980’s. The Crisis Response Unit is comprised of two specialized teams:  the Negotiations Team and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).  The unit exists to provide specialized support in handling critical field operations where intense negotiations and special tactical deployment methods are required.

Our Crisis Response Team is available to any law enforcement agency or community in need of assistance upon their request.  Since the inception of the team our services and personnel have been used throughout Eastern Oregon.

The Pendleton Police Department’s Crisis Response Unit is made up of fourteen part-time team members:

  • Twelve sworn law enforcement officers are employed by the Pendleton Police Department
  • One Pendleton Fire Department Paramedic/Firefighter
  • One sworn law enforcement deputy from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office

The team consists of a ten man entry team, two sniper/observer teams and two hostage-crisis negotiators.  The Crisis Response Unit responds to emergencies throughout Northeast Oregon encompassing approximately eighteen thousand square miles. The majority of tactical call-outs are the result of narcotics related investigations, high-risk search warrants and/or barricaded subjects.

The Crisis Response Unit is fully equipped and trains 12-16 hours a month.