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List of special law enforcement units

This is a list of active Police tactical units.



Police tactical units or SWAT teams are part of a police force tasked with resolving high risk/critical incidents, including:

  • high risk armed offender/suspect searches/apprehensions including arrest warrant[1]
  • high risk search warrants involving an armed/dangerous offender/suspect[1]
  • siege/barricade incidents involving an armed offender/suspect[1]
  • domestic counter-terrorism incidents such as hostage rescue and/or armed intervention (including units that may be granted authority for overseas operations)[1]

In the United States, most police tactical units are known by the generic term of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team (other countries have adopted this term).[2] In Australia, police tactical units are formally known as a police tactical group.[3] The European Union uses the term Special Intervention Unit to define national counter terrorist police tactical units.[4]

For military special forces / special operations units, see list of military special forces units.

Afghanistan AfghanistanEdit

Interior Ministry

Albania AlbaniaEdit

Algeria AlgeriaEdit

Argentina ArgentinaEdit

Argentine Federal Police
Argentine National Gendarmerie
  • Equipo Antiterrorista (Anti-Terrorist Team)
  • Scorpion Group - Formerly the Escuadrón Especial de la Gendarmería Nacional
  • Sección Operaciones Especiales de Monte de Gendarmería Nacional "Groupe Monte" ('National Gendarmarie Jungle Special Operations Section')
  • Unidad Especial de Lucha Contra Narcotraficante (UELCON)
Local and other units

Australia AustraliaEdit

Austria AustriaEdit

Federal Ministry of the Interior
  • EKO Cobra - Special operations and counterterrorism unit
Justizwache (Penitentiary police)

Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEdit

The Bahamas BahamasEdit

Royal Bahamas Police Force
  • Security and Intelligence Branch

Bangladesh BangladeshEdit

Bangladesh Police

Belgium BelgiumEdit

Bolivia BoliviaEdit

Bolivian Police Force
  • Unidad Tactica de Operaciones Policiales (UTOP) - Tactical Response Unit
  • Fuerza especial de lucha contra el narcotráfico (FELCN) - Bolivian anti-narcotics force
  • Fuerza especial de lucha contra el crimen (FELCC) - Bolivian anti-criminal force

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

Bosnian Police Force
Other units

Bulgaria BulgariaEdit

Brazil BrazilEdit

Federal Police Department
Polícia Militar
Policia Civil

Brunei BruneiEdit

Royal Brunei Police Force
  • Special Operations Squad (SOS; Malay: Pasukan Gerak Khas — PGK)

Canada CanadaEdit

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Provincial, local and other units

Chile ChileEdit

Carabineros de Chile

Chilean Investigation Police (Policía de Investigaciones de Chile)

Gendarmería de Chile (Prison Service)

China ChinaEdit

Colombia ColombiaEdit

National Police of Colombia

Croatia CroatiaEdit

Special Police

Czech Republic Czech RepublicEdit

Police of the Czech Republic
  • Útvar Rychlého Nasazení [URNa] Rapid Reaction Unit, national police CT unit
  • Krajská Zásahová Jednotka - [KZJ] 8 regional police intervention units
Celní správa České republiky
  • Skupina Operativního Nasazení - [SON]

Denmark DenmarkEdit

Københavns Politi (Copenhagen Police Department)

Ecuador EcuadorEdit

  • GEO - Grupo Especial de Operaciones (Ecuadorian Army)
  • GOE - Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (Police)
  • GIR - Grupo de Intervención y Rescate (Police)

Egypt EgyptEdit

Egyptian National Police
  • Unit 333 (Special unit of the interior ministry)

Estonia EstoniaEdit

Estonian Police
  • K-Commando (Special unit of the Central Crime Police)

Fiji FijiEdit

  • Police Tactical Response Unit (disbanded in 2007)[32]
  • Police National Operations Support Unit[33][34]

Finland FinlandEdit

France FranceEdit

National Police

In an emergency situation, BRI-BAC and RAID can also form a task-force called FIPN (Force d'intervention de la Police nationale), under the command of the RAID commander.

  • Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN; "National Gendarmerie Intervention Group"). National unit based in Versailles-Satory, near Paris.
  • Antennes du GIGN (AGIGN): 13 Regional units based in metropolitan and overseas France and performing high risk arrests, personal protection and emergency counter-terrorism missions under operational control of GIGN.
  • Pelotons spécialisé de protection de la Gendarmerie (PSPG). 20 units primarily dedicated to protecting the French civilian nuclear sites. Can be engaged as tactical units in a secondary role.
Helicopter support for GIGN and RAID
  • Groupe interarmées d'hélicoptères (GIH). A joint army/air force helicopter unit belonging to COS (Commandement des opérations spéciales : Special operations command). Its primary role is support of GIGN and RAID.
Ministry of Justice
  • ERIS [fr] (Regional Intervention and Security Team). Unit under the command of the carceral administration, formed partially by the GIGN, to intervene inside prison in case of particular events (riots, mutiny, evasion, terrorism).

Georgia (country) GeorgiaEdit

State Security Service of Georgia

  • Counterterrorist Center
  • Special Operations Center

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

  • Counter Intelligence Department[36]
  • Special Emergency and Situations Management Center[37]
  • Central Anti Crime Department[36]
  • Regional Special Task Divisions[36][38]

Special State Protection Service (SSPS)

  • Tactical Response Group

Germany GermanyEdit


Greece GreeceEdit

Greek Police
Greek Coast Guard
  • Special Operations Teams (OEA)

Hong Kong Hong KongEdit

Hungary HungaryEdit

Iceland IcelandEdit

Icelandic Police
  • Víkingasveitin ('Viking Squad') - Special Operations Unit of the National Commissioner

India IndiaEdit

Law Enforcement in India
Protective Service Unit

Indonesia IndonesiaEdit

Indonesian National Police (POLRI)

Directorate General of Customs and Excise (Bea Cukai)

  • "Customs Tactical Unit" also known as "CTU" is the Special unit of the Indonesian Customs, primarily deals with emergency situations in international airports of Indonesia in regards of customs enforcement and smuggling cases.

Iran IranEdit

Iraq IraqEdit

Republic of Ireland IrelandEdit

Israel IsraelEdit

Italy ItalyEdit

Japan JapanEdit

Security Bureaus of Prefectural police headquarters (supervised by the National Police Agency Security Bureau)
Criminal Investigation Bureaus of Prefectural police headquarters
  • Special Investigation Team (SIT) - Akita/Iwate/Ibaraki/Miyagi/Fukushima/Tochigi/Tokyo/Shizuoka/Aichi/Mie/Fukuoka/Nagasaki[44]
  • Martial Arts Attack Team (MAAT) - Osaka[44]
  • Assault Response Team - Chiba[44]
  • Special Tactical Section - Saitama[44]
  • Special Investigation Section - Kanagawa[44]
  • Technical Special Team - Aomori[44]
  • Hostage Rescue Team - Hiroshima
Japan Coast Guard
  • Special Security Team (SST) - national-level maritime counter-terrorism teams
  • Special Riot Squads (特別警備隊, Tokubetsu-keibi-tai, "Tokkei-tai") - regional-level riot control and special reaction teams

Jordan JordanEdit

General Directorate Of Gendarmerie
  • Police Special Operation Unit 14\SWAT (Special Intervention & Counter terrorism)
  • GID Special Unit

Kuwait KuwaitEdit

  • Kuwait Special Force (Al Quwat Al Khasa)
  • Kuwait Swat team

Latvia LatviaEdit

State Police of Latvia
  • Special Task Battalion ALFA (riot squad)
  • OMEGA (counter-terrorism and special operations unit)

Lebanon LebanonEdit

Lebanese Police Force
  • Fuhud ('Panthers') - Special Police Unit
  • Internal Intelligence (fast reaction force)
  • General Security (special unit)

Liechtenstein LiechtensteinEdit


Lithuania LithuaniaEdit

  • ARAS - Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations Unit (Lithuanian: Lietuvos policijos antiteroristinių operacijų rinktinė)
  • VSAT SPB (Lithuanian State Border Guard Service Rapid Reaction Squads)
  • AITVARAS - Lithuanian Special Operations Force (LITHSOF) (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Specialiųjų Operacijų Pajėgos)

Luxembourg LuxembourgEdit

Macau MacauEdit

Public Security Police Force of Macau
  • Police Tactical Intervention Unit (UTIP)
    • Special Operation Group (GOE)
Correctional Services Bureau

Republic of Macedonia Republic of MacedoniaEdit

Macedonian Police
  • Special Task Unit - "Tigers" (Единица за Специјални Задачи —Тигар)
  • Unit for fast deployment (Единица за Брзо Распоредување)

Malaysia MalaysiaEdit

Royal Malaysia Police
Malaysia Coast Guard
Other federal government agencies

Malta MaltaEdit

Maltese Police
  • Special Mobile Unit till 1987
  • Special Assignments Group till June 2013
  • Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) and Special Intervention Unit (SIU) since July 1, 2013

Mexico MexicoEdit

Mongolia MongoliaEdit

Mongolian Police
  • Special Response Unit
  • SWAT

Morocco MoroccoEdit

Royal Gendarmerie

  • Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie royale (G.I.G.R)

National Police

  • Bureau central des investigations judiciaire (B.C.I.J)

Namibia NamibiaEdit

Netherlands NetherlandsEdit

Nationale Politie (National Police)
  • Dienst Speciale Interventies (Special Intervention Service) - Collection of joint, on-call or part-time basis SWAT teams recruiting from police, military police and army (but falling under civilian police command). The Service consists out of four Units:
    • Aanhoudings- en Ondersteuningsteams (Arrest and Support Teams) - High-risk arrests, protection of undercover police officers and secret agents and supporting investigation work.
    • Unit Interventie (Intervention Unit) - Small-scale high-risk operations, deployed in situations involving heavy firearms, explosions, hazardous substances and/or suicidal gunmen.
    • Unit Interventie Mariniers (Marines Intervention Unit), also known by the name of its main component, MARSOF - Large-scale counter-terrorism operations. Capable of land, air, amphibious, marine and submarine operations and responsible for operations in large aircraft and buildings and installations at sea. Called in when the Unit Interventie can no longer handle the situation, which makes it the ultimate special law enforcement unit of the Netherlands.
    • Unit Expertise en Operationele Ondersteuning (Expertise and Operational Support Unit) - Sniper teams. Police and army each provide one half of the snipers.
  • Dienst Bewaken & Beveiliging (Guard & Security Service) - VIP security, most notably the royal family, politicians and diplomats.
  • Mobiele Eenheid (ME) (Mobile Unit) - Part-time non-lethal riot police. When not deployed, officers serve as regular police.
Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Military Constabulary)
  • Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten (Special Protection Tasks Brigade) - Very high-risk arrests, infiltration and VIP security. Unlike the secret agents of the AIVD, its undercover police officers are allowed to carry weapons.
  • Bijstandseenheid (Support Unit) - Various SWAT duties and, most notably, serving as heavy riot police and internal security force cleared to use lethal force if necessary to restore public order.
Dienst Justitionele Inrichtingen (Custodial Institutions Agency)
  • Intern Bijstand Team (Internal Support Team) - Low-risk prison riot squads and backup teams for regular prison officers, available around the clock at every institution
  • Dienst Vervoer en Ondersteuning (Transport and Support Service) - In addition to the offices and training facilities of the Agency, also consists out of:
    • Landelijke Bijzondere Bijstandseenheid (National Special Support Unit) - High-risk prison riot, shakedown and evacuation unit. Also includes canine units and escorts for when prisoners have to go to hospitals.
    • Bijzonder Ondersteunings Team (BOT) (Special Support Team) - High-risk prisoner transport.

New Zealand New ZealandEdit

New Zealand Police

Nicaragua NicaraguaEdit

Policia Nacional-DOEP
  • Tácticas y Armas Policiales de Intervención y Rescate (TAPIR)
  • Departamento de Intervención Rápida (GIR)

Nigeria NigeriaEdit

Nigeria Police Force
  • Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) - counter terrorist unit
  • Rapid Response Squad (RRS)
  • Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
  • Criminals Investigation Department (CID)
  • Special Anti-Cultism Squad (SACS)
  • Anti-Riot Squad
  • Nigeria Police Mobile Force
  • Anti-Bomb Squad.
State Security Service (Nigeria)
  • Department of State Security (DSS), VIP protection/counter terrorist

Norway NorwayEdit

Pakistan PakistanEdit

Panama PanamaEdit

Peru PeruEdit

National Police of Peru

  • Subunidad de Acciones Tácticas (SUAT)

Philippines PhilippinesEdit

Poland PolandEdit

  • BOA
  • Centralne Biuro Śledcze Policji (CBŚP)
  • SPAP
Straż Graniczna (SG)

Portugal PortugalEdit

Public Security Police

  • Special Police Unit (UEP)
    • Intervention Corps - riot control unit
    • Special Operations Group (GOE) - special tactical assault unit
    • Personal Security Corps - VIP protection unit
    • Center for Explosive Disposal and Subsoil Security (CIESS) - EOD and subsoil security unit
    • Cino-technical Operational Group - K9 unit

National Republican Guard

  • Intervention Unit (UI)
    • Special Operations Intervention Group (GIOE) - special tactical assault unit
    • Public Order Intervention Group (GIOP) - riot control unit
    • Protection and Rescue Intervention Group (GIPS) - Rescue and firefighting unit
    • Center for Explosive Disposal and Subsoil Security (CIESS) - EOD and subsoil security unit
    • Cino-technical Intervention Group (GIC) - K9 unit

Prison Guard

  • Cino-technical Operational Group - K9 unit
  • Intervention and Prison Security Group (GISP) - tactical intervention unit

Maritime Police

  • Tactical Actions Group (GAT) - special boarding unit
  • Forensic Diving Group - underwater forensic investigation unit

Romania RomaniaEdit

Russia RussiaEdit

Foreign Intelligence Service[48][48][49][50]
  • Special Operations Department of Directorate Z (Zaslon)
National Guard of Russia[51]

Ministry of Justice

  • Dozens of various independent detachments, such as OSN Saturn.

Federal Penitentiary Service OSNs:

Center of Special Operations of the FSB[66]

Singapore SingaporeEdit

Slovenia SloveniaEdit

Serbia SerbiaEdit

Slovakia SlovakiaEdit

  • Útvar Osobitného Určenia (UOU) - Special Designation Unit of the Presidium of Police

South Africa South AfricaEdit

South African Police Service
  • Special Task Force (STF)
  • National Intervention Unit (NIU) - This Unit of the South African Police Service respond to incidents of medium to high risk.
  • Tactical Response Team (TRT) a part of the South African Police Response services, respond to incidents medium to high risk situations. Tasked with follow up operations, battle craft rural and urban operations, support at ports of entry, cluster operations, land borne operations overt & covert ops.

Most of its members are now part of the parliamentary security team. They also provide escorts of dangerous prisoners.

  • South African Police Service Riot Squad/Anti-Riot Squad/ Public Order Policing/Internal Stability Unit (POP/ISU)

Its members are highly trained in advance crowd control both French & Belgium tactics, medium to high risk operations

South Korea South KoreaEdit

National Police Agency
  • Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT)
    • Seoul Metropolitan Police SWAT Team (Unit 868)
    • Incheon Metropolitan Police SWAT Team (Unit 313)
    • Busan Metropolitan Police SWAT Team (Unit 431)
    • Daegu Metropolitan Police SWAT Team
    • Jeju Metropolitan Police SWAT Team
Republic of Korea Coast Guard
  • Sea Special Assault Team (SSAT)
    • Busan SSAT Team
    • Incheon SSAT Team

Spain SpainEdit

Guardia Civil
National Police Corps of Spain
  • Grupos Operativos Especiales de Seguridad (GOES) - SWAT Team.
  • Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO)
  • Unidad de Intervención Policial (UIP)
  • Unidad de Prevención y Reacción (UPR)
Mossos d'Esquadra *   Catalonia
  • Grup Especial d'Intervenció (GEI)

Special intervention group (GEI) in catalan: Grup Especial d'Intervenció. this area It was created in 1984 with the collaboration of the Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) of Germany.

• Brigada mòbil (BRIMO)

• Àrea Regional de Recursos Operatius (ARRO)

Ertzaintza "Basque country"
Policía Foral "Navarre"
  • Grupo de Intervención Especial (GIE)

Sri Lanka Sri LankaEdit

Sweden SwedenEdit

Swedish Police Authority

Switzerland SwitzerlandEdit

Taiwan TaiwanEdit

National Police Agency (NPA)
  • National Police Agency Special Operations Group
  • Special Police Corps
    • Wei-An Special Services Commando
  • Thunder Squad (Special Weapons And Tactics Police Counter-Terrorism unit)
Coast Guard Administration
  • Special Task Unit

Thailand ThailandEdit

Royal Thai Police

Turkey TurkeyEdit

United Arab Emirates United Arab EmiratesEdit

United Kingdom United KingdomEdit

Firearms unit (with SFO or CTSFO)
Territorial police forces

United States United StatesEdit

Federal Agencies
Independent Federal Agencies
State agencies
Local/County Agencies

The police departments of many counties and most major cities have special police units.

Ukraine UkraineEdit

Venezuela VenezuelaEdit

Policía Nacional Bolivariana
  • Unidad de Operaciones Tácticas Especiales (UOTE)

Vietnam VietnamEdit

Vietnam People's Public Security

  • Vietnam Mobile Police (Cảnh sát cơ động) - Counter-terrorist and riot police

Bộ Tư lệnh Cảnh sát Cơ động K20 (K20 Police Headquarters)

  • Vietnam Rapid Response Police (Cảnh sát Phản ứng nhanh), also known as CS113 - Counter criminal police
  • Vietnam Special Criminal Investigation Police (Cảnh sát Hình sự Đặc nhiệm) - Investigation of special criminal cases[76]

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