Mounted Unit & S.W.A.T.

December 12, 2011



The Santa Ana Police Department Mounted Unit Enforcement Detail was created in 1990 as a volunteer unit.  It is now comprised of 11 sworn members and one civilian volunteer.  The officers attend the 40 Hour Mounted Enforcement School, provide their own horse, and trains together once a month.

The Mounted Unit may be deployed whenever large groups have gathered for special events for crowd management.  The unit is also a valuable resource for high-profile crime suppression in targeted areas, such as city parks and large shopping centers.


The Special Weapons and Tactics team consists of 37 highly trained personnel capable of responding to and handling acts of terrorism, barricaded suspects, hostage situations, riots, dignitary security, and high risk warrant service, as well as the protection of lives and property.

Selection to the SWAT team is highly competitive and requires that each member maintain a high level of physical fitness, firearms proficiency, and tactical skills.  The SWAT team is a specialized support unit that continues to respond to extremely high-risk incidents that pose a tremendous threat to officers and/or citizens in danger.