The purpose of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) shall be to preserve lives and property through the use of highly trained and specially equipped deputies. A commitment to the sanctity of life of all persons is imperative in critical incidents to which law enforcement responds. Active shooters, barricaded persons, hostage situations, and terrorist attacks dictate the need to rapidly assess and respond quickly to save lives. Highly-trained, professional teams of deputies with specialized equipment are often the only means to safely resolve these events with limited injuries and loss of life. Additionally, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team shall function to assist and aid Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel and the law enforcement personnel in the Parish of Lafayette, or any other law enforcement agency under high risk or special conditions.