SWAT

Lieutenant Cline Breland
100 St. Ferdinand Street Rm. 203
Baton Rouge, La 70802
Phone: (225) 389-7856
Fax: (225) 389-5167
Email SWAT

Lieutenant Cline Breland serves as the Commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) which includes the Maritime Tactical Team (MARTAC). Lieutenant Breland started his law enforcement career in 1988 in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Policeman. He was deployed with the 2nd Marine Division during the Gulf War. Upon his honorable discharge, he was hired with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in June of 1994 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Lieutenant Breland has been an NRA Police Firearms Instructor since 1995 and a P.O.S.T Firearms Instructor since 1997. He also holds instructor level cirtifications in Simmunition Scenario Instructor, SWAT, Live Fire Shoothouse Instructor and others.

He has worked in Traffic, Uniform Patrol, Firearms Training Unit, Reserves, Judicial Process and Full time SWAT. On SWAT he has served as a Sniper, Sniper Team Leader Element Leader, Squad Leader,Training Officer, Operations Officer, and now the Commander.

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