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Cal Poly Police Department currently has one active member on the San Luis Obispo regional SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team. There are a total of 30 Officers on the Regional SWAT team. The team has members from the cities of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and the University Police Department.

All SWAT members must pass an arduous physical fitness test, a range qualification and an oral board. Those who qualify attend a two week basic SWAT course taught by ITR (International Training Resources) and must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for call outs.

In addition to the minimum training required, many of the team members have received advanced training and are qualified as team leaders, command leaders, snipers, hostage negotiators, breechers, range masters and other instructors. The team regularly trains in the use of gas and other less lethal weapons, also employing throw phones and ball cameras.

Typical call outs are hostage situations and barricaded suspects. The SWAT team is also available for felony arrests and search warrants by request of any police agency within the county of San Luis Obispo.

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