SWAT

Captain Todd Martin
SWAT Commander
100 St. Ferdinand Street Rm. 203
Baton Rouge, La 70802
Phone: (225) 389-7856
Fax: (225) 389-5167
Email SWAT

Captain Todd Martin serves as the commander of the EBRSO Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Maritime Tactical Team. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2001 as a Corrections Officer, and later became a detective with the Narcotics division after graduating from the LSU Basic Police Academy. Captain Martin has also worked at the Firearms Training Facility as a firearms and tactics instructor and the Research and Development Division where he served as the Grants Coordinator.

Captain Martin has been a member of the SWAT Team since 2004 and has held the positions or Breaching Team Leader, Element Leader and Team Leader. He holds instructor level certifications in Tactical Pistol, Tactical Rifle, Distraction Devices, Chemical Munitions and is a SWAT Instructor. He has received extensive training in SWAT Tactics, Firearms, Mechanical, Thermal, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Urban Search and Rescue and Port Security Tactics.

Captain Martin also serves as Assistant Commander of the Marine Search and Rescue Division, Assistant Dive Team Leader, and as an instructor for the EBRSO C.A.R.T.A. Academy.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

 The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT team is designated law enforcement team, whose members are selected, trained, equipped, and assigned to resolve high-risk incidents involving a threat to public safety which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement first responders and/or investigative units.


The Mission of SWAT in any high-risk incident is to save lives and bring the incident to a safe conclusion. High-risk incidents that SWAT may be called to resolve consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Hostage incident

  • Barricade incident

  • Sniper incident

  • High-Risk Apprehension

  • High-Risk Warrant Service

  • Personal protection details

  • Terrorism

  • Special Assignment

SWAT is a part time team. SWAT members perform their full time duties within the Sheriff's Office on a day-to-day basis, but are on-call to respond to high-risk incidents as needed. Although SWAT is a part time team, all members are assigned various positions within SWAT.


  • Incident Commander

  • Commander

  • Squad Leaders

  • Element Leaders

  • Team Members

  • Support Members



SWAT trains with and has received training from various law enforcement agencies and professional organizations. SWAT members are trained in all aspects of SWAT operations to include but not limited to:


  • Resolution of high-risk incidents

  • Room clearing

  • Mechanical, thermal, ballistic, and explosive breaching

  • Sniper/observer

  • Distraction devices

  • Night vision devices

  • Less lethal equipment

  • Deployment of chemical agents

  • Tactical maritime operations