Special Weapons and Tactics team

FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams

The FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams are specialized teams of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents where the agents are specially trained to intervene in high-risk events like hostage and barricade situations. The FBI maintains SWAT teams at each of its 56 field offices throughout the country . In the event of a large scale event if the local municipality does not have the resources to handle the event, FBI SWAT teams from outside the local region can be dispatched to aid the local authorities.

Mission Types

SWAT teams are considered very versatile and can be used in many different Mission Types.

Some examples of SWAT missions

  • High risk arrests (armed and dangerous subjects)
  • Hostage rescue
  • Car stops
  • Tubular assaults (aircraft, trains, buses, etc.)
  • Stronghold assaults (structures requiring specialized breaching equipment that local law enforcement might not have access to.)
  • Fugitive tracking (in rural environments)
  • Operations in WMD environments
  • Dignitary protection
  • Coordinate multi-location warrant service
  • Site surveys for high visibility events
  • Specialized sniper operations


Several factors can determine SWAT's use. Some of those factors are:

  • The potential of violence
  • The potential risk to law enforcement and the public
  • The location of the warrant service and case requirements

FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams Equipment

Weapons Utilized

FBI SWAT Teams carry a variety of weapons that are generally found in most other law enforcement and counterterrorist tactical teams. The following are some of the primary weapons of FBI SWAT:

Vehicles Utilized

The FBI SWAT teams use similar vehicles to those used by municipal SWAT teams. The following are some of the vehicles that are employed by FBI SWAT teams

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