FBI Retired Signature Directories

Special Weapons And Tactics [SWAT]

Special Weapons And Tactics - SWATToday’s genre of action movies and video games draws upon a vast real-life history and legacy of special operations organizations, activities, and capabilities.  Leading the list of extraordinarily trained and singularly equipped units are Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] teams of the FBI.  True to most public image depictions, FBI Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] units are called upon to intervene in uncommonly high-risk events such as hostage rescue, counter-terror operations, hazardous engagements, and fugitive tracking.

FBI Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] Special Agents are selected from volunteers within their respective Field Offices and undergo unique and rigorous training. The individual and collective scope and commitment of Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] personnel embrace such diverse and specialized disciplines as emergency medical support, explosive breaching and ‘rendering safe’ operations, tactical communications, sniper and counter-sniper tactics and techniques, active shooter response, hostage negotiation, special event security, personal defensive tactics, crowd control methods, and, handling and use of special and non-lethal munitions. Further, FBI Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] teams are uniformly equipped with military-style light weaponry and equipment such as:

  • Assault and breaching shotguns, close-quarters sub-machine guns and carbines, and, long rifle or sniper systems.
  • Tactical body armor, ballistic shields, riot control and stun agents, incident scene surveillance and motion detection support items, forced entry tools, and, advanced targeting and night vision optics.

Special Weapons and Tactics [SWAT] operations are not for the weak or fainthearted; all unit members must be tactically and technically proficient, well beyond more common law enforcement standards and response.


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