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The SWAT topic page gives tactical officers and police officers who want to join the ranks of these elite special units a wide variety of news, tips, columns and commentary to achieve the objective.

Preparation is key; your life and the lives of your colleagues depend on it
Wear your helmet. It could save your life.
Meet Alison Funaiock: Newport News Police Department’s trailblazing captain, former SWAT sniper and community advocate
Police said the suspect had been released on bail days earlier on a probation violation related to his conviction in 2011 of domestic violence and elevated aggravated assault
Funaiock discusses her role as a police captain, how SWAT prepared her for leadership and her vision for women’s roles and promotion in law enforcement
The suspect was threatening two hostages with a knife when a Lee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officer fired a single shot through a computer monitor, killing him
Austin SWAT officers surrounded the convenience store where the suspect was barricaded; an officer shot the man, fearing for the safety of a store manager trapped inside
Many of Gerber’s most popular knives and multi-tools for on- or off-duty everyday carry are on sale
While I still feel being a little over-gunned is better, my personal active shooter response “kit” has shrunk dramatically
U.S. Patriot will cover the entrance fee for five elite athletes and support them with gear through the most stressful environment a competition can offer
How do law enforcement supervisors shape and refine these necessary mental attributes for responding officers?
The child and his mother had been held hostage by the mother’s ex-boyfriend for several hours before the police standoff began
Did Columbus Police Officer Mike Plumb make the best shot ever?
Sniper is not an easy position to obtain, so you’d better be prepared to stay the course and try again
Too many officers start out in top condition but allow their physical fitness to diminish
Tips for police officers in their quest to make the SWAT team in their department
What makes a SWAT team great is not gadgets and tactical equipment, but personnel and training
There are several traits you need to be a good SWAT officer
Here’s what to expect if you decide to take the path of a Special Weapons and Tactics operator
This phase is characterized by the presence of an immediate, ongoing threat
Video shows Henderson SWAT officers returning fire; the suspect was found deceased in the barricaded home two days after police initially attempted to arrest him
The Akron Police Department SWAT teams used ballistic plates supplied by ShotStop Ballistics, which is under federal investigation for allegedly selling “counterfeit” gear
Virtual event will take place on May 22 and provide expert advice from industry leaders regarding how to combat a dangerous practice that is increasing in frequency and severity
“We saw ... officers going in to the line of fire to save their brothers in blue, who have gone down in the act of trying to keep our community safe,” Chief Jennings said
Some of the officers who rushed to the Charlotte neighborhood to rescue the first wave of downed officers were wounded as a second shooter began firing on them
The suspect dropped the firearm, later determined to be a ghost gun, while falling from the third floor but reached for it when he hit the ground
Host cities for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2026 like Atlanta are leveraging federal, state and local partnerships to strengthen riot control units, foster technology collaboration and implement joint intelligence gathering
Court ruled that a jury may find that participating officers used unconstitutional excessive force during the execution of the warrant
A SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on the wrong house, resulting in the injury of an occupant and a lawsuit