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Slideshow: Meet the Dubai Police SWAT team

Established in the early 1990s, the Dubai Police SWAT team hosts the UAE SWAT Challenge, a highly regarded event in the international law enforcement community

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By Johan Wessels

The Dubai Police SWAT team is a highly trained and elite unit within the Dubai Police force, dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the citizens and visitors of Dubai.

The Dubai Police SWAT team was established in the early 1990s, as the city’s law enforcement capabilities were rapidly expanding to meet the demands of a rapidly developing city.

In Dubai, the SWAT team is part of the General Department of Protective Security and Emergency and is called upon to respond to the most critical and dangerous incidents in the city. With advanced skills, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, the SWAT team is prepared to face any challenge and keep the city secure. The SWAT team is made up of highly trained officers who undergo extensive physical, mental and firearms training to prepare them for the demanding nature of their work.

The Dubai Police SWAT team is committed to using the latest technology to enhance its operations and improve its effectiveness. For example, they use AI-powered patrol cars that are equipped with cameras and sensors to detect and respond to crimes in real time. They also use virtual reality training to simulate high-risk incidents and provide officers with the opportunity to practice their skills in a controlled environment.

In addition to responding to high-risk incidents, the Dubai Police SWAT team is also involved in a variety of community outreach programs. They understand the importance of building strong relationships with the communities they serve, and they work to promote public safety, crime prevention, and community building through initiatives such as neighborhood watch programs, youth outreach programs, and other community policing efforts.

The training and preparation of the Dubai Police SWAT team is ongoing, and they are constantly improving their skills and refining their tactics. They participate in regular training exercises, courses, and real-life based scenarios.

About the author

Johan W. Wessels has 33 years of experience in law enforcement of which 30 years are within SWAT Training & SWAT Team Development. He has served as the chief instructor for the Dubai Police SWAT Team since 2004.