Template:Cleanup Template:Distinguish FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams are specialized tactical teams of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). SWAT 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 problem that local law enforcement does not have the resources to handle, FBI SWAT teams from the local field office, as well as outside the local region can be dispatched to aid the local authorities.
SWAT teams are considered very versatile and can be used in many different Mission Types.
- 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
Weapons Utilized Edit
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:
- The MP5/10 Submachine gun
- The M4 Carbine
- The M1911A1 Springfield Professional Custom Pistol (.45 cal)
- The Glock 22 Pistol (.40 cal)
- The Remington 870 Shotgun
- The Precision Arms Sniper Rifle (.308 cal)
Vehicles Utilized Edit
The FBI SWAT teams use similar vehicles to those used by local SWAT teams. Such as:
- SWAT vans for insertion into tactical situations and for tactical maneuvering while in tricky situations.
- If the SWAT officers wish to avoid detection, they can also use a variety of modified buses, vans, trucks, or other seemingly normal vehicles to help to avoid detection.
See also Edit
- Hostage Rescue Team, the FBI's counter-terrorism unit.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- List of United States federal law enforcement agencies
- ↑ http://www.fbi.gov/page2/sept05/orbitcomet091605.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - Info about the focus of FBI SWAT teams
- ↑ http://www.fbi.gov/page2/sept05/orbitcomet091605.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - Where the FBI's SWAT teams are based
- ↑ http://buffalo.fbi.gov/specialty_programs.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - Info about SWAT Versatile Mission capabilities
- ↑ http://buffalo.fbi.gov/specialty_programs.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - About Swats mission types
- ↑ http://buffalo.fbi.gov/specialty_programs.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - Factors determining SWAT's Usage
- ↑ http://buffalo.fbi.gov/specialty_programs.htm - Retrieved on February 9th 2008 - Information about the weapons used by SWAT