In 2006 the Fountain Valley Police Department joined forces with the West County SWAT Team. The West County SWAT Team is a regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team serving the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, Westminster, Seal Beach and Fountain Valley.
West County SWAT has three units including; Tactical Officers, Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Dispatchers. The Tactical Officers Unit is comprised of tactical paramedics, containment, react/entry and sniper teams.
Joining West County SWAT resulted in a four-fold increase in personnel trained for tactical operations. Team members are selected from each Department after undergoing a stringent performance review, and in the case of tactical team members, a physical proficiency test, firearms qualification and a scenario based exercise.
Team supervisors are responsible for Team readiness, conducting monthly training in critical incident management and response to a variety of high-risk incidents.