On July 1, 2012 the cities of Rialto, Colton, and Fontana joined forces and created the Inland Valley SWAT Team. A 45-man tactical and negotiating team highly trained in specialized tactics and complex negotiations. This regionalization came about due to a greater need to do more with less and still allowing for specialized police officers to respond to major incidents within the region. It definitely benefits all of the cities involved in that there is a huge cost savings and manpower benefit which is especially important during these tough economic times.
The Inland Valley SWAT Team is comprised of five color coded teams (Red Team, Green Team, Silver Team, Black Team, and Gold Team) that handle different tasks during a call out based on their color code designation. Each tactical unit rotates being on-call every fourth week and must have a minimal response time to a call out thus assuring a prompt response during an emergency. IVS team members train twice a month and respond 24-hours a day to any type of incident that patrol officers are not equipped to handle.
The Inland Valley SWAT Team also has 4 fully trained paramedics and a tactical surgeon that can handle any medical emergency encountered during a tactical situation. Since December 2012, IVS has been called out several times resolving each incident successfully and with no injury to citizens or suspects. For more information regarding IVS please contact