The LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is renowned worldwide as one of the foremost police tactical units in contemporary law enforcement. These highly trained officers provide a ready response to situations that are beyond the capabilities of normally equipped and trained Department personnel. SWAT is called upon to respond to high-risk situations where suspects are holding hostages, threatening suicide or barricading themselves. SWAT also initiates service of high-risk warrants for all Department entities and serves to control difficult-to-secure open areas that pose a significant threat to officers and/or civilians. Since its inception in 1967, the LAPD SWAT team has safely rescued hostages, arrested scores of violent suspects, and garnered hundreds of commendations and medals.