Meet the ESPD SWAT Team
The El Segundo Police Department SWAT team stayed very busy in 2017. Officers Scott Black, Brian Slover, and Rey Lopez were added to the team after completing a two-week SWAT school. The team handled 16 operations including assisting the LA Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, assisting another local agency with a barricade situation, serving multiple high-risk warrants, and providing security for four City of El Segundo events.
The team is comprised of a lieutenant that serves as the team commander, three sergeants that serve as team leaders, 12 officers, and four El Segundo Fire Department Tactical Paramedics. Their primary function is to respond to high-risk situations that are beyond the abilities or equipment needs of other department personnel. SWAT trains once a month as a team and the members regularly attend advanced tactics training courses. SWAT is considered a collateral duty so each member has his own primary assignment, whether that be a patrol officer, fire captain, school resource officer, etc.
While ESPD SWAT members are highly trained in weapons and tactics, they are also a very generous group. In July of 2017, El Segundo SWAT donated $500 to recently graduated ESHS student Kristen Villanueva who had her college savings money stolen in a residential burglary. They also donated $300 to “ZERO – The End to Prostate Cancer” after participating to No Shave November. Finally, in January of this year, they donated another $660 to a Hawthorne PD officer who is fighting cancer.