The Fond du Lac Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team is a group of specially trained and skilled officers. They assist on search warrants, drug raids and high-risk incidents. The team consists of members from a wide variety of backgrounds within the Police Department. These include supervisory, patrol, investigations and school resource officers.

The Department’s S.W.A.T. Team was organized in 1978 by Sergeant John Hoffman, who retired as the Captain of Patrol in 1998. The original team consisted of five S.W.A.T. Team members and two Negotiators. The unit’s weaponry consisted of four shotguns and one rifle. S.W.A.T. Officers were issued a camouflaged shirt, hat and pants.

The Fond du Lac Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team presently consists of twelve S.W.A.T. Team Members, five Negotiators and one Command Post Liaison.

The S.W.A.T. Team trains monthly and has developed contingency plans for high-risk locations and potential “high-risk incident” situations. Our Team has been extremely successful in resolving high-risk situations within our community. The Fond du Lac S.W.A.T. team is affiliated with the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and our current S.W.A.T. team leader is Lieutenant Erik Foster.