East Metro SWAT


The East Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team was formed in 2007. The goal of the team is to provide specialized tactical support to Metro Transit, North St. Paul, Roseville, St. Anthony, and University of Minnesota Police Departments in carrying out their duties in protecting and serving the communities they serve.

Monthly Training

All members of the team complete monthly training above and beyond their normal work duties. This training includes: crisis negotiations, hostage rescue situations, barricaded subjects, dynamic warrant services, high risk traffic stops, weapons of mass destruction, active shooter response, and other subjects.

East Metro Crisis & Hostage Negotiation Team

The East Metro Crisis and Hostage Negotiation team consists of one officer from the St. Anthony Police Department, as well as members from the other East Metro agencies. The Crisis Negotiation team responds to critical incidents involving barricaded suspects, suicidal persons and hostage situations. The purpose of the team is to handle negotiation efforts and provide intelligence to the Incident Commander. The goal of the team is to bring incidents to a non-violent conclusion through dialogue and effective negotiation.

Additional Training

In addition to a 40 hour initial training class, the East Metro Negotiators all receive on-going and specialized training in areas including crisis intervention, dealing with veterans in crisis, de-escalation tactics, and mental illness. They train regularly with the SWAT team to ensure the highest level of service to the citizens of St. Anthony. The team is available to respond 24/7.