FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams
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FBI Special Weapons and Tactics Teams are specialized tactical teams (SWAT) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). SWAT special agents are specially trained to intervene in high-risk events like hostage, barricade and counter-terrorism situations. The FBI maintains SWAT teams at each of its 56 field offices throughout the country varying in size up to about 42 members. 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. FBI SWAT teams are available for worldwide deployment should the need arise, and can assist in military and intelligence special operations.
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SWAT teams are considered very versatile and can be used in various types of operations.
- High risk arrests and assaults (armed and dangerous subjects)
- Hostage rescue
- Car stoppers
- Maritime operations
- 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
- Aircraft hijackings
- Specialized sniper operations
Several factors can determine the use for SWAT. Some of those factors are:
Enhanced FBI SWAT teamsEdit
A total of nine to fourteen of the larger FBI SWAT teams bear the designation of "enhanced FBI SWAT" teams; they are specially trained to be able to assist the FBI’s hostage rescue team if needed. Enhanced FBI SWAT teams are typically located at larger field offices, comprise a larger number of personnel than standard teams, in addition to having increased access to additional tactical equipment and methods. As with standard FBI SWAT teams, an enhanced team can deploy overseas in support of military and intelligence special operations.
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:
- Colt M4 carbine
- Glock 17 9 mm handgun
- MP5/10 submachine gun
- M1911A1 Springfield Professional Custom .45 ACP pistol
- SIG Sauer 9 mm, 10 mm
- Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
- Remington 700 sniper rifle
The FBI SWAT teams use vehicles similar to those that local SWAT teams use, such as:
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