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List of police tactical units

List of police tactical units

This is a list of active police tactical units.


Police tactical units are specialized units of a police force tasked with resolving high risk / critical incidents, including:

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

In the United States, police tactical units are known by the generic term Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team (other countries have adopted this term). In Australia, the term police tactical group is used for police tactical units. The European Union uses the term special intervention unit for national counter terrorist police tactical units.

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



Interior Ministry
  • Afghan National Civil Order Police Special Support Battalion
  • General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) (Dari: قوماندانی عمومی قطعات خاص)
    • Crisis Response Unit 222 (CRU 222)
    • Commando Force 333 (CF 333)
    • Afghan Territorial Force 444 (ATF 444)


  • Shqiponjat
  • FNSH


Sûreté Nationale
  • Police Special Operations Group (French: Groupement des Opérations Spéciales de la Police, GOSP)
  • Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI)
Gendarmerie Nationale
  • Special Intervention Detachment (DSI)


Argentine Federal Police
  • Federal Special Operations Group (GEOF)
  • Grupo Especial Uno "GE-1" (Special Group One)
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
  • Hawk Special Operations Brigade (BEOH) - Buenos Aires Provincial Police
  • Special Operations Troops Company (TOE) - Santa Fe Provincial Police
  • Equipo Táctico Especial Recomendado (E.T.E.R.) - Córdoba Provincial Police
  • Albatross Group - Argentine Naval Prefecture
    • Grupo de Respuesta Imediata de Alto Riesgo (GRIAR; 'Immediate High Risk Response Group') - Argentine Naval Prefecture


National Security Service
  • Alpha Group
Police of Armenia
  • Police tactical unit


Australian Federal Police
  • Specialist Response Group (SRG)
New South Wales Police Force
  • Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Tactical Operations Regional Support (TORS)
  • Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS)
Northern Territory Police
  • Territory Response Group (TRG)
Queensland Police
  • Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
South Australia Police
  • Special Tasks and Rescue Group (STAR)
Tasmania Police
  • Special Operations Group (SOG)
Victoria Police
  • Special Operations Group (SOG)
  • Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
Western Australia Police
  • Tactical Response Group (TRG)
New South Wales Corrective Services
  • Security Operations Group (SOG)
Western Australia Department of Corrective Services
  • Special Operations Group (SOG)


Federal Ministry of the Interior
  • EKO Cobra - Special operations and counterterrorism unit
Federal Police
  • WEGA - SWAT team
Justizwache (Penitentiary police)
  • Justizwache Einsatzgruppe (JEG) - Penitentiary police SWAT team


Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • OPON
  • Rapid Police Unit


Royal Bahamas Police Force
  • Security and Intelligence Branch


  • Rapid Action Battalion
  • Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime
  • Dhaka Metropolitan Police SWAT
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Quick Response Team
  • Anti Terrorism Unit


  • Almaz Special Anti-Terrorism Unit (SPBT Almaz)
  • OMON (AMAP) Special Purpose Police Unit


Federal police
  • Directie van de speciale eenheden/Direction des unités spéciales (DSU; 'Directorate of the Special Units')


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

Bosnian Police Force
  • State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA)
    • Special Support Unit
  • Bosnian Special Police Units
    • Special Police Unit
Other units
  • MUP FBiH Federal Counter-terrorism branches - Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Police
  • MUP RS Counter-terrorism branches - Republika Srpska Police


Ministry of Interior

  • SOBT
Bulgarian Gendarmerie
  • Counter-Terrorist Squads


Federal Police Department
  • Comando de Operações Táticas (COT) - is a specialized counter terrorism unit with headquarters in Brasília
  • Grupos de Pronta Intervenção (GPI) - are SWAT like tactical units that supports local operations. Each state has its own G.P.I. unit
Polícia Militar
  • BOE/BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Especiais) units:
    • Special Operations Battalion (PMAC) - in Acre
    • Special Operations Battalion (PMDF) - in the Federal District
    • Specials Battalion Operations (PMMT) - in the state of Mato Grosso
    • Special Operations Battalion (PMPR) - the state of Paraná
    • Special Operations Battalion (PMPI) - the state of Piauí
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMAL) - the state of Alagoas
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMRR) - in the state of Roraima
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMSC) - the state of Santa Catarina
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMERJ) - in the state of Rio de Janeiro
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMRN) - in Rio Grande do Norte state
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMBA) - the state of Bahia
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMRS) - in Rio Grande do Sul state
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMAP) - in Amapá state
    • Special Police Operations Battalion (PMMG) - is a GATE type unit of the Military Police of Minas Gerais State
  • Tobias de Aguiar Ostensive Patrols (ROTA) - An elite ostensive patrol battalion and quick reaction force of the Military Police of São Paulo State.
  • Group of Special Tactical Actions (GATE) - Police tactical unit within Military Police of São Paulo State tasked with hostage rescue operations.
  • Commandos and Special Operations (COE) - A special forces unit of the Military Police of São Paulo State, tasked with operations against violent crime in complex environments such as favelas, forest regions and at sea. Both GATE and COE are part of the 4th Shock Police Battalion.
Policia Civil
  • Grupo Tático 3 (GT3) - in the state of Goiás
  • Grupo Especial de Reação (GER) - is tactical unit similar to GOE operating in the state of São Paulo
  • Grupo de Operações Especiais (GOE) - is the elite arm of the Civil Police of the state of São Paulo
  • Centro de Operações Policiais Especiais (COPE) - is a specialized division within the civil police of Paraná state
  • Tático Integrado de Grupos de Repressão Especial (TIGRE) - is a SWAT type tactical unit that specializes in hostage rescue operations in the state of Paraná
  • Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais (CORE) - is a paramilitary police unit within the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro State
  • Divisão de Operações especiais (DOE) - is a special tactics unit based in Federal District
  • Grupo de Operações Especiais (GOE) - is the GOE unit of the state of Pernambuco


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


Federal units
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP; French: Gendarmerie royale du Canada - GRC)
    • Emergency Response Team (ERT; French: Groupe Tactique d’intervention - GTI)
  • Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS; French: Service de protection parlementaire) - Mobile Response Team
  • Correctional Service of Canada (CSC; French: Service correctionnel du Canada)
    • Institutional Emergency Response Team (IERT)
    • Institutional Crisis Intervention Team (ICIT)
Provincial and Municipal units
  • Abbotsford Police Department - Emergency Response Team
  • Barrie Police Service - Tactical Support Unit (TSU)
  • Bathurst Police Force - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Brandon Police Service - Tactical Response Unit (TRU)
  • Brantford Police Service - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Brockville Police Service - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Calgary Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Cape Breton Regional Police Service - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Service de police de la MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais - Unité spéciale d’intervention
  • Cornwall Police Service - Cornwall Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Durham Regional Police Service - Tactical Support Unit
  • Edmonton Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Estevan Police Service - Containment / Warrant Entry Team (CWET)
  • Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau - Groupe d’intervention
  • Greater Sudbury Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Guelph Police Service - Tactics and Rescue Unit
  • Halifax Regional Police - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Halton Regional Police Service - Tactical Rescue Unit (TRU)
  • Kingston Police - Emergency Response Unit
  • Service de police de la Ville de Laval - Groupe d’intervention
  • London Police Service - Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
  • Service de police de l'agglomération de Longueuil - Groupe d’intervention
  • Miramichi Police Force - Tactical High Risk Entry and Arrest Team (THREAT)
  • Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal - Groupe Tactique d’intervention
  • Niagara Regional Police Service - Emergency Task Unit (ETU)
  • Ontario Provincial Police
    • Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU)
    • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Ottawa Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Peel Regional Police - Tactical and Rescue Unit
  • Service de police de la Ville de Québec - Groupe Tactique d'intervention
  • Regina Police Service - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Royal Newfoundland Constabulary - Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU)
  • Saskatoon Police Service - Tactical Support Unit (TSU)
  • Saint John Police Force & Kennebecasis Regional Police Force - Emergency Tactical Services (ETS)
  • South Simcoe Police Service - Containment Team/Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
  • Stratford Police Services - Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
  • Sûreté du Québec - Groupe d'intervention tactique
  • Thunder Bay Police Service - Emergency Task Unit (ETU)
  • Toronto Police Service - Emergency Task Force (ETF)
  • Vancouver Police Department - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Victoria Police Department & Saanich Police Department - Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team
  • Waterloo Regional Police Service - Special Response Unit
  • Windsor Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Winnipeg Police Service - Tactical Support Team (TST)
  • Woodstock Police Service - Containment Team
  • York Regional Police - Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
  • Atlona Police Service, Morden Police Service & Winkler Police Service - Regional Support Tactical Team
Other units
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) - Nuclear Security Response Team
  • Bruce Power - Nuclear Response Team (NRT)
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories - Nuclear Response Force (NRF)
  • NB Power - Nuclear Response Team (NRT)
  • Ontario Power Generation - Nuclear Security


Carabineros de Chile

  • Grupo de Operaciones Policiales Especiales (GOPE; 'Police Special Operations Group')

Chilean Investigation Police (Policía de Investigaciones de Chile)

  • Equipo de Reacción Táctica Antinarcóticos (ERTA; 'Antinarcotics Tactical Response Team')

Gendarmería de Chile (Prison Service)

  • Sección de Operaciones Tácticas (SOT; 'Tactical Operations Section')


Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China
  • Beijing SWAT
  • Shanghai SWAT
People's Armed Police
  • Snow Leopard Commando Unit (SWCU)
  • Immediate Action Unit (IAU)
  • Special Police Unit (SPU)


National Police of Colombia
  • LOBOS (Wolves)
  • (COPES) Comandos de Operaciones Especiales (Special Operations Commandos)
  • (JUNGLA) Jungle
  • (GOES) Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (Special operations group) (SWAT equivalent)
  • GAULA Units (Hostage rescue)


Special Police
  • Lučko Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATJ Lučko)
  • Special Police Units (SJP Split "BATT", SJP Rijeka "AJKULA", SJP Osijek "ORAO")
  • Riot Police Units- EPZ (Ekipa za Posebne Zadaće) tactical platoon within Intervention/riot police


Cyprus Police
  • Emergency Response Unit (MMAD)

Czech Republic

Police of the Czech Republic
  • Útvar rychlého nasazení [ÚRN/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]


  • Politiets Aktionsstyrke (Special Intervention Unit)
Københavns Politi (Copenhagen Police Department)
  • Udrykningssektionen (First Response Unit)


  • GOE - Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (Police)
  • GIR - Grupo de Intervención y Rescate (Police)


Egyptian National Police
  • Unit 333 (Special unit of the interior ministry)
  • Black Cobra (Counter terrorism special unit)


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


  • Police National Operations Support Unit


Police of Finland
  • Police Rapid Response Unit
Finnish Border Guard
  • Border Guard Special Intervention Unit


National Police
  • Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID). RAID is composed of a central unit based in Bièvres (near Paris) and 13 regional branches named Antennes du RAID. The 13 Regional branches are located in metropolitan and overseas France and were formerly known as GIPNs.
  • Brigade anticommando (BRI-BAC). The Paris Police Prefecture (PP) anti-terrorism task force. It is activated in emergency situations. BRI-BAC is primarily composed of personnel from the Paris Police Prefecture Brigade de recherche et d'intervention (BRI-PP) (from the Judiciary Police directorate) with reinforcements from other PP units. Although the official name of the unit when activated is Brigade anticommando, it is often simply referred to by the press as BRI (which can be confusing as there are BRIs in each region of France).

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"). GIGN is composed of a central unit based in Versailles-Satory, near Paris and 14 regional branches based in metropolitan and overseas France which are known as Antennes du GIGN (AGIGN).
  • 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 (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).


Ghana Police Service
  • National SWAT Unit


State Security Service of Georgia

  • Counterterrorist Center
  • Special Operations Center

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia

  • Counter Intelligence Department
  • Special Emergency and Situations Management Center
  • Central Anti Crime Department
  • Regional Special Task Divisions

Special State Protection Service (SSPS)

  • Tactical Response Group


  • Bundespolizei (Federal Police)
    • Grenzschutzgruppe 9 der Bundespolizei (GSG 9) - Special Operations and Counterterrorism unit
    • Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit (BFE) - Special Detention Unit of Federal Anti Riot Police
    • Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit plus (BFE+) - Special Counter-Terrorism Unit of Federal Anti Riot Police
    • Polizeiliche Schutzaufgaben Ausland der Bundespolizei - Police protection unit of German Diplomatic Missions
  • Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Criminal/Investigation Police)
    • Mobiles Einsatzkommando (MEK) - Tactical Unit, but also handles surveillance, observation and arrests
    • Auslands- und Spezialeinsätze (ASE) - Close protection unit for high-threat environments
  • Zollkriminalamt (Customs Investigation Bureau)
    • Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll (ZUZ) - Customs Tactical Unit
  • Feldjäger (Military Police)
    • Zugriffskräfte ('Special Tactics and Apprehension Unit')
  • Landespolizei (State Police)
    • Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK) - State Tactical Unit, Part of Uniformed Police
    • Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit (BFE) - Special Detention Unit, Part of State Anti Riot Police
    • Mobiles Einsatzkommando (MEK) - Tactical and Surveillance Unit, Part of Criminal Police


Greek Police
  • Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (EKAM)
Greek Coast Guard
  • Special Operations Teams (OEA)


Haitian National Police
  • Le Groupe d'Intervention de la Police Nationale d'Haïti (GIPNH) - National Police Intervention Group

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Police Force
  • Airport District
    • Airport Security Unit (ASU)
  • Police Tactical Unit Headquarters
    • Special Duties Unit (SDU)
    • Special Tactical Contingent (STC)
  • Counter-Terrorism and Internal Security Division
    • Counter Terrorism Response Unit (CTRU)
  • Crime Wing
    • Operation Support Unit (aka Hit Team)
  • Railway District
    • Railway Response Team (RRT)
  • Security Wing
    • VIP Protection Unit (VIPPU)
    • Witness Protection Unit (WPU)
  • Marine Police
    • Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT)
Hong Kong Correctional Services
  • Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Regional Response Team (RRT)


  • Counter Terrorism Centre (TEK - Terrorelhárítási Központ)
  • Készenléti Rendőrség (Operational Police)


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


Law Enforcement in India
  • National Security Guard
    • Special Action Group (SAG) - the main offensive or the strike wing of the NSG
      • 51 Special Action Group - counter-terrorism operations
      • 52 Special Action Group - counter-hijack operations
    • Special Ranger Group (SRG) - provides logistical support to the SAGs during operations
      • 11 Special Ranger Group
      • 12 Special Ranger Group
      • 13 Special Ranger Group
    • Special Composite Group (SCG) - conduct regional counter terror operations
      • 26 Special Composite Group in Mumbai
      • 27 Special Composite Group in Chennai
      • 28 Special Composite Group in Hyderabad
      • 29 Special Composite Group in Kolkata
      • 30 Special Composite Group in Gandhinagar
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
    • Creek Crocodile Commando
  • Railway Protection Force
    • Commandos for Railway Safety (CORAS)
  • Anti-Terrorism Squad
  • Andhra Pradesh Police
    • Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations
  • Jammu and Kashmir Police
    • Special Operation Group (SOG)
  • Gujarat Police
    • Chetak Commandos
  • Odisha Police
    • Special Operation Group (Odisha Police)
      • Special Tactical Unit - Urban counter-terrorist unit of the parent force
  • Maharashtra Police
    • C-60 Commando force
    • Mumbai Police
      • Force One - specialized in counter-terrorism
  • Central Reserve Police Force
    • Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) - Special operation force of the CRPF
    • Rapid Action Force - A specialized wing of CRPF
  • West Bengal Police
    • Counter Insurgency Force - Counter insurgency & Counter terrorism unit of West Bengal Police
  • Greyhounds - Police special force unit operating in the Indian States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for anti-insurgency operations
  • Punjab Police SWAT Team
  • Kerala Police
    • Kerala Thunderbolts
Protective Service Unit
  • Special Protection Group
  • SWAT teams of States like Punjab, Delhi & Jammu & Kashmir


Indonesian National Police (POLRI)

  • Mobile Brigade Corps (Indonesian: Korps Brigade Mobil) abbreviated as Brimob
    • Gegana is a detachment from Brimob which specializes in bomb disposal, counter-terrorism, CBR defense and intelligence operations.
  • Detachment 88, known locally as (Densus 88) is the special counter-terrorism unit of the Indonesian National Police.

Directorate General of Customs and Excise (Bea Cukai)

  • "Customs Tactical Unit" also known as "CTU" is the special unit of the Indonesian Customs

Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla)

  • "Maritime Rapid Reaction Unit" (Unit Reaksi Cepat Laut) abbreviated as URCL.


Iranian Police
  • Iranian Police Special Units
    • Counter-terrorism Special Force


Iraqi Police
  • Hilla SWAT Team
  • Golden counterterrorism squad
  • Special Police Commandos


Garda Síochána (National Police)
  • Emergency Response Unit (ERU)
  • Armed Support Unit (ASU)


Israel Police
  • Yasam
  • Gidonim
Israel Border Police



Israel Prison Service
  • Nachshon
  • Dror
  • Metzada
Israel Defense Force
  • Lotar
  • Duvdevan
  • Sayeret Matkal


Carabinieri (National Gendarmerie)
  • Gruppo di Intervento Speciale (GIS)
  • Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale (ROS)
Polizia di Stato (National Civil Police)
  • Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza (NOCS)
  • Servizio Centrale Operativo (SCO)
Italian Penitentiary Police
  • Gruppo Operativo Mobile (GOM)
Italian Finance Security
  • Antiterrorismo Pronto Impiego (AT-PI)
  • Gruppo di investigazione criminalità organizzata (GICO)


Security Bureaus of Prefectural police headquarters (supervised by the National Police Agency Security Bureau)
  • Special Assault Team (SAT) - national-level counter-terrorism units
  • Anti-firearms squads - territorial-level counter-terrorism units
Criminal Investigation Bureaus of Prefectural police headquarters
  • Special Investigation Team (SIT) - Akita/Iwate/Ibaraki/Miyagi/Fukushima/Tochigi/Tokyo/Shizuoka/Aichi/Mie/Fukuoka/Nagasaki
  • Martial Arts Attack Team (MAAT) - Osaka
  • Assault Response Team - Chiba
  • Special Tactical Section - Saitama
  • Special Investigation Section - Kanagawa
  • Technical Special Team - Aomori
  • 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


General Directorate Of Gendarmerie
  • Unit 14
  • GID Special Unit


  • General Service Unit (Kenya)


  • NJSI - Special Intervention Unit
  • NJSO - Special Operation Unit
  • NJRSH - Rapid Response Unit


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


State Police of Latvia
  • Special Tasks Battalion (Latvian: Speciālo Uzdevumu Bataljons) former as Special Tasks Battalion "ALFA"
  • Counter-terrorist unit "OMEGA" (Latvian: Pretterorisma vienība "OMEGA")


Lebanese Internal Security Forces Directorate

  • Black Panthers (Al Fouhoud) - Special Operations Unit
  • Information Branch - Intelligence Unit


  • Intervention Unit (German: Interventionseinheit (IVE))


Police Department

  • ARAS - Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations Unit (Lithuanian: Lietuvos policijos antiteroristinių operacijų rinktinė)
  • Mobile Squads - Lithuanian Public Police Tactical Support, Riot Control, and Crimesupression units (Lithuanian: Lietuvos viešosios policijos mobilus būrys)

State Border Guard Service

  • SPS "Perkūnas" - Special Purpose Unit "Perkunas" (Lithuanian: Specialios Paskirties Skyrius "Perkūnas") former as Special Purpose Squad (VSAT SPB)

Public Security Service

  • ORKA - Operative Reaction Counterattack Squad (Lithuanian: Viešojo Saugumo Tarnybos Operatyvus Kontratakos Būrys)

Dignitary Protection Service

  • Tactical Support Unit - (Lithuanian: Vadovybės Apsaugos Tarnybos Taktinės Paramos Skyrius)


Grand Ducal Police
  • Unité Spéciale de la Police


Public Security Police Force of Macau
  • Police Tactical Intervention Unit
    • Special Operations Team (GOE)
Correctional Services Bureau
  • Tactical Response Unit

Republic of Macedonia

Macedonian Police
  • Special Anti-Terrorism Unit - "Tigers" (Специјална Антитерористичка Единица —Тигар)
  • Unit for fast deployment (Единица за Брзо Распоредување)


Royal Malaysia Police
  • Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK; 'Special Operation Command')
    • 69 Commando Battalion (VAT 69; Malay: Batalion Komando 69) - Police special forces unit that specialised in jungle warfare. Some also trained as a counter-terrorism unit.
    • Special Actions Unit (Malay: Unit Tindakhas — UTK) - Police special forces unit that specialised in counter-terrorism in the urban area and big cities. Some also assigned as close-protection to the top government executives.
  • General Operations Force
    • Tiger Platoon - Paramilitary police front-line special combat unit
  • Marine Operations Force
    • Marine Assault Team (MAST; Malay: Unit Gempur Marin — UNGERIN) - Marine police counter-terrorism unit
Malaysia Coast Guard
  • Special Task and Rescue (STAR) - Coast Guard's counter-terrorism unit
Other federal government agencies
  • Trup Tindakan Cepat (TTC) - Prison's SWAT team
  • Pasukan Taktikal Khas (PASTAK) - Immigration's SWAT team
  • Customs Operational Battle Force Response Assault (COBRA) - Customs' SWAT team


Maltese Police
  • Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) and Special Intervention Unit (SIU)


Policia Federal
  • Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOPES)
  • Fuerzas Federales de Apoyo
  • Proteccion Federal
  • Policia Federal de Caminos
  • Division de Inteligencia


Mongolian Police
  • Special Response Unit
  • SWAT


Royal Gendarmerie

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

National Police

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


Myanmar Police Force

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T)


Namibian Police Force
  • Special Reserve Force (SRF)


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 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.
    • M-Squadron (Marine Intervention Unit), also known by the name of its main component, NLMARSOF - 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 Landmacht (Royal Army)
  • Korps Commandotroepen (KCT) - Responsible for counter-terrorism and special operations in foreign countries.
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 Zealand Police
  • Armed Offenders Squad (AOS), incidents involving weapons
  • Special Tactics Group (STG), counter terrorist


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


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


Norwegian Police Service
  • Delta (Norwegian: Beredskapstroppen)
  • Utrykningsenheten (UEH)


Federal agencies
    • Federal Investigation Agency — Counter-terrorism Wing (CTW)
Provincial agencies
  • Punjab Police — Elite Police & Dolphin Force
  • Sindh Police — Special Security Unit
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police — Special Combat Unit


  • Darien-Kuna Yala Border Security Police (DARKUN)


National Police of Peru
  • Tactical Action Sub-Unit - (Sub-Unidad de Acción Táctica) SUAT
  • Sinchis


Philippine National Police
  • Special Action Force
  • SWAT
  • Regional Mobile Force Battalions (RMFB) in each Regional Police Offices.
  • District Mobile Force Battalions (DMFB) in each Police District under the National Capital Region Police Office.
  • Provincial Mobile Force Companies (PMFC) in each Provincial Police Office.
  • City Mobile Force Companies (CMFC) in City Police Offices in Major cities outside Metro Manila.


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


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


Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform
  • Special Group for Protection and Intervention (GSPI) - disbanded
  • Detașamentul de Poliție pentru Intervenție Rapidă
    • SAS - the service for special actions
    • SIIAS Serviciul Independent pentru Intervenții și Acțiuni Speciale (Independent Special Actions and Intervention Service)
Romanian Gendarmerie
  • BSIJ Special Intervention Brigade "Vlad Țepeș"
Romanian Secret Service (SRI)
  • BAT - Anti-Terror Brigade


Center of Special Operations of the FSB
  • Directorate "A" (Spetsgruppa Alpha)
  • Directorate "V" (Spetsgruppa Vympel)
  • Directorate "S" (Spetsgruppa Smerch)
  • Directorate "K" (Kavkaz - formerly Special Purpose unit for the city of Yessentuki)
  • Directorate "T" (Spetsgruppa Tavrida) (Crimea, previously - 2nd service "SN" of FSB)
  • Special Arms Service
Foreign Intelligence Service
  • Special Operations Department of Directorate Z (Zaslon)
Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • OSN "Grom" for Counter-Drugs operations (formerly it was subordinated to the defunct Federal Drug Control Service of Russia)
National Guard of Russia
  • Special Purpose Mobile Unit (O.M.O.N.)
  • Special Rapid Response Units (S.O.B.R.)

Ministry of Justice

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

Federal Penitentiary Service OSNs:

  • OSN "Fakel"
  • OSN "Rossy"
  • OSN "Akula"
  • OSN "Ajsberg"
  • OSN "Gurza"
  • OSN "Korsar"
  • OSN "Rosomaha"
  • OSN "Sokol"
  • OSN "Saturn"
  • OSN "Tornado"
  • OSN "Kondor"
  • OSN "Yastreb"
  • OSN "Berkut"
  • OSN "Grif"
  • OSN "Titan"
  • OSN "Gepard"


Singapore Police Force
  • Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Special Operations Command (SOC)
  • Rapid Deployment Troops
  • Police Tactical Unit (PTU)
  • Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR)
  • Special Guard and Counter-Terrorism Unit (GC)
  • Special Action Group (GC)
  • Special Tactical Unit (GC)
  • In-Situ Reaction Team (ProCom)
  • Counter Assault Unit
Singapore Prison Service
  • Singapore Prisons Emergency Action Response (SPEAR)
Police Coast Guard
  • Special Task Squadron (STS)
  • Emergency Response Force


  • Specialna Enota Policije (SEP) - the principle counter-terrorist & hostage rescue unit,
  • Posebna Policijska Enota (PPE) - the principle public order & peace enforcement unit.


  • Special Anti-Terrorist Unit
  • Gendarmery


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

South Africa

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

Korean National Police Agency

  • SOU(Special Operation Unit)
    • Seoul Metropolitan Police SOU
    • Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency SOU
    • Gyeonggi Bukbu Police Agency SOU
    • Incheon Metropolitan Police SOU
    • Busan Metropolitan Police SOU
    • Daegu Metropolitan Police SOU
    • Gyeongbuk Provincial Police SOU
    • Gyeongnam Provincial Police Agency SOU
    • Daejeon Metropolitan Police SOU
    • Chungnam Provincial Police SOU
    • Sejong City Police SOU
    • Gwangju Metropolitan Police Agency SOU
    • Jeonbuk Provincial Police SOU
    • Jeonnam Provincial Police SOU
    • Jeju Provincial Police SOU

Republic of Korea Coast Guard

  • SSAT(Sea Special Attack Team)

Presidential Security Service

  • CAT(Counter Assault Team)

ROK Military Police (MP)

  • SDT(Special Duty Team)


Guardia Civil (Spanish gendarmerie)
  • Unidad Especial de Intervención (UEI, Special Intervention Unit) - "Tier 1" special forces unit for counter-terrorism and hostage rescue among other critical tasks.
  • Grupo de Acción Rápida (GAR, Rapid Action Group) - "Tier 2" special forces unit formerly focused on counter-terrorism in rural areas, now multipurpose.
National Police Corps of Spain
  • Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO, Special Operations Group) - "Tier 1" special forces unit for counter-terrorism and hostage rescue among other critical tasks.
  • Grupos Operativos Especiales de Seguridad (GOES, Special Operative Security Groups) - smaller SWAT-like teams throughout Spain.
Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalonian regional police)
  • Grup Especial d'Intervenció (GEI, Special Intervention Group) - Catalonian regional special unit similar to UEI and GEO.
Ertzaintza (Basque regional police)
  • Berrozi Berezi Taldea (BBT, Special Intervention Group) - Basque regional special unit similar to UEI and GEO.
Policía Foral (Navarrese regional police)
  • Grupo de Intervención Especial (GIE, Special Intervention Group) - Navarrese regional special unit similar to UEI and GEO.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Police Service
  • Special Task Force (STF)


Swedish Police Authority
  • National Task Force (Nationella insatsstyrkan)
  • Reinforced Regional Task Force (Förstärkt Regional Insatsstyrka)
    • Reinforced Regional Task Force Stockholm (Förstärk Regional Insatsstyrka Stockholm)
    • Reinforced Regional Task Force South (Förstärkt Regional Insatsstyrka Syd)
    • Reinforced Regional Task Force West (Förstärkt Regional Insatsstyrka Väst)
  • Regional Task Force (Regional Insatsstyrka)
    • Regional Task Force East
    • Regional Task Force Bergslagen
    • Regional Task Force Middle
    • Regional Task Force North


Federal Office of Police (FedPol)
  • Einsatzgruppe TIGRIS
Cantonal (states) police
  • Basel-campaign State Police
    • Interventionseinheit Barracuda
  • Bern State Police
    • Einsatzgruppe Enzian
  • Central Switzerland Police
    • Interventionseinheit Lynx
  • Fribourg State Police
    • Groupe d'intervention de la police cantonale fribourgeoise (GRIF)
  • Geneva State Police
    • Groupe d'intervention de la police cantonale (GRIC/GI)
  • Jura State Police
    • Groupe d'intervention et Tireurs d'Elite (GITE)
  • Neuchatel State Police
  • Ticino State Police
    • Reparti Speciali-Gruppo d'Intervento (ReS-GI)
  • Valais State Police
    • Groupe d'intervention "Edelweiss" (GI Edelweiss)
  • Vaud State Police
    • Détachement d'Action Rapide et de Dissuasion (DARD)
  • Zürich State Police
    • Einsatzgruppe Diamant
    • Interventionseinheit Skorpion


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


Royal Thai Police
  • Royal Thai Police Arintaraj 26 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Black Tiger Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Burapa 491 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Counter Terrorism Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Danthai 54 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Eagle 7 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Hanuman Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Kumhang-Songkram Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU)
  • Royal Thai Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau Commando (NSB Commando)
  • Royal Thai Police Naresuan 261 Special Operation Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Pali 63 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Rajadej Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Siharaj 65 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Thotsarot 491 Special Operations Unit
  • Royal Thai Police Yakkharajh 49 Special Operations Unit

Independent agencies

  • Court of Justice (COJ)
    • Office of Security (OOS)
      • Fugitive Unit (FU)


  • Ministry of Finance (MOF)
    • Customs Department (CD)
      • Special Operations Unit (SOU)
  • Ministry of Interior (MOI)
    • Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA)
      • Department of Provincial Administration Special Wisdom And Tactics (DOPA S.W.A.T.)
  • Ministry of Justice (MOJ)
    • Department of Corrections (DC)
      • Special Operations Section (SOS)
    • Department of Special Investigation (DSI)
      • Bureau of Special Operation (BSO)
    • Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB)
      • Eagle 19 Special Operations Team (Eagle 19 SOT)
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE)
    • Royal Forest Department (RFD)
      • Naam Peung 62 Special Operations Unit (Naam Peung 62 SOU)
      • Small Ranger Unit (SRU)
  • Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)
    • National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
      • Special Operations Division (SOD)


General Directorate of Security
  • Police Special Operation Department
  • Police Counter Attack Team
Turkish Gendarmerie
  • Gendarmerie Special Public Security Command
  • Gendarmerie Special Operations

United Arab Emirates

Dubai Police Force
  • Police Special Unit

United Kingdom

Firearms unit (with SFO or CTSFO)
  • British Transport Police Firearms
    • Dynamic Search Team (DS)
    • Interdiction Team (IT)
    • Strategic Escort Group (SEG)
  • Ministry of Defence Police Tactical Support Group
Territorial police forces
  • Avon & Somerset Constabulary Firearms unit and Dog unit
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary Tactical Firearms Unit
  • City of London Police Tactical Firearms Group
  • Cleveland Police Specialist Operations Unit
  • Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Tactical Aid Group
  • Dorset Police Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Durham Constabulary Specialist Operations Unit
  • Greater Manchester Police Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Kent Police Training and Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Hampshire Constabulary Tactical Firearms Support Unit
  • Metropolitan Police Service Specialist Firearms Command and Territorial Support Group
  • Norfolk Constabulary Firearms Training & Operations Unit
  • North Yorkshire Police Firearms Support Unit
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland Headquarters Mobile Support Unit
  • Police Scotland Specialist Firearms Unit
  • South Wales Police, Gwent police & Dyfed-Powes Police Joint Firearms Unit
  • Suffolk Constabulary Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Surrey Police Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Sussex Police Tactical Firearms Unit
  • Staffordshire Police Central Firearms Unit
  • Thames Valley Police Tactical Firearms Team
  • West Midlands Police Firearms Operations Unit
  • Wiltshire Police Armed Response Group

United States

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

The federal law enforcement agencies in the United States have tactical units.

  • U.S. Department of Energy
    • Special Response Force (SRF)
  • United States Department of Defense
    • Special Reaction Teams (SRT) - United States Army Military Police Corps, Master-at-arms (United States Navy), United States Air Force Security Forces and United States Marine Corps Military Police have tactical units.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
      • Office of Field Operations (OFO)
        • Special Response Teams (SRT)
        • Quick Reaction Force (QRF) - CBP National Capital Region based tactical team
      • U.S. Border Patrol
        • Special Operations Group
          • Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC)
          • Sector BORTAC
          • Border Patrol, Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR)
    • Federal Protective Service (FPS) - Rapid Protection Force (RPF)
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
      • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - Special Response Teams (SRT)
      • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) - Rapid Response Team (RRT)
      • Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
        • Special Response Teams (SRT)
    • U.S. Coast Guard
      • Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF)
        • Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLET)
        • Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON)
        • Vessel Boarding Security Teams (VBST)
    • U.S. Secret Service
      • Counter Sniper (CS) Unit
      • U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division (UD) - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
      • U.S. Secret Service - Counter Assault Team (CAT)
  • United States Department of Justice
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) - Special Response Teams (SRT)
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
      • Foreign Deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST)
      • DEA Special Response Teams (SRT)
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
      • Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG)
        • Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)
        • Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU)
        • Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (FBI SWAT)
        • Tactical Helicopter Unit (THU)
    • Federal Bureau of Prisons - Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
    • U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
      • USMS Special Operations Group (SOG)
      • USMS - Special Response Teams (SRT)
  • U.S. Department of State
    • Diplomatic Security Service - Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • U.S. Mint Police - Special Response Teams (SRT)
  • National Park Service
    • Special Response Teams (SRT)
      • Grand Canyon Special Response Team
      • Yellowstone Special Response Team
      • Western Region Special Response Team
    • Special Event and Tactical Teams (SETT)
      • Midwest Special Event and Tactical Team
      • Pacific West Region Special Event and Tactical Team
      • Southeast Region Special Event and Tactical Team
      • Blue Ridge North Carolina Tactical Tracking Team
    • U.S. Park Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team
    • United States Park Police, New York Field Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
Independent Federal Agencies
  • Amtrak Police - Special Operations Unit (SOU)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Security Protective Service (SPS) - Rapid Response Team (RRT)
  • Federal Reserve Police - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • National Security Agency Police (NSAP) - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
    • Pentagon Police Directorate - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • U.S. Capitol Police - Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT)
State Police/Highway Patrol Agencies

The state police (state troopers) and highway patrols of the United States have tactical units.

  • Alabama Police Departments,County Sheriff's Department or Office and DPS

(ASPD's,CSODO's,DPS) - Special Emergency Response S.W.A.T Team (SERT)

  • Arizona Department of Public Safety Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • California Highway Patrol - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
    • Crisis Response Teams (CRT)
    • Special Service Unit (SSU)
  • Colorado Department of Corrections Special Operations and Response Team (SORT)
  • Connecticut Department of Correction Special Operations Group (SOG)
  • Connecticut State Police - State Police Tactical Unit (SPTU)
  • Delaware State Police - Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • Florida Highway Patrol - Tactical Response Teams (TRT)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) - Special Operations Teams (SOT)
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Special Operations Group (FWCSOG)
  • Georgia Counter-Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) (State level multi-agency tactical team)
  • Georgia State Patrol - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Hawaii Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division - Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Idaho Department of Correction - Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Illinois State Police - Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Indiana State Police - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Kansas Highway Patrol - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Kentucky Department of Corrections - Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Louisiana State Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Maine State Police - Tactical Team
  • Maine Department of Corrections Special Operations Group
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police Special Operations Division, Tactical Response Team
  • Maryland State Police
    • Special Tactical Assault Team Element (STATE)
    • Tactical Medical Unit (TMU)
  • Maryland Transportation Authority Police - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Maryland Transit Administration Police - Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Teams/Tactical Unit (formerly Special Response Team - SRT)
  • Maryland Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG) - Joint federal, state, and local tactical unit specializing in maritime tactical operations
  • Massachusetts State Police - Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP)
  • Massachusetts Department of Correction Special Reaction Team (SRT)
  • Michigan State Police - Emergency Support Team (EST)
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Minnesota State Patrol Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • New Hampshire Division of State Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • New Jersey State Police - Technical Emergency And Mission Specialists (TEAMS)
  • New Jersey Transit Police - Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
  • New Jersey Transit Police - Conditions Tactical Unit (CTU)
  • New Mexico State Police - Tactical Team
  • New York State Police - Special Operations Response Teams (SORT)
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • North Carolina Department of Correction Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
    • Special Response Teams (SRT)
    • Special Tactics and Response (STAR)
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol Tactical Team
  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections - Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Oregon State Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Pennsylvania State Police - Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
    • Corrections Rifle Specialist Team (CRST)
    • Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)
    • Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) – Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
  • Rhode Island Department of Corrections Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Rhode Island State Police - Tactical Team, WMD Tactical Team
  • South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol - Special Operations Unit (SOU)
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
    • Ranger Division
      • Ranger Recon Teams (RRT)
      • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Texas Department of Public Safety - Special Response Teams (SRT)
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department SCOUT Team (Tactical Response)
  • Utah Highway Patrol - Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Vermont State Police - Tactical Services Unit
  • Virginia State Police - Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT)
  • Virginia Department of Corrections - Tactical Support Unit (TSU)
  • Washington State Patrol - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
Local Police/County Sheriff Agencies

The police departments and sheriff's offices of thousands of towns, cities, and counties across the United States have tactical units, which are usually called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Sheriff's Emergency Response Team, (SERT), or Emergency Response Team (ERT). Some examples are below.

  • Anchorage Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team
  • Denver Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Columbus Indiana Police Department -Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Fairbanks Police Department Special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team
  • Miami Police Department - Special Threat Response: Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and Hostage Negotiators
  • Nassau County Police Department - Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), Emergency Service Unit (ESU)
  • New York City Police Department - Emergency Service Unit (ESU), Critical Response Command (CRC) and Strategic Response Group (SRG)
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics Team
  • Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Oakland Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Portland Police Bureau - Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Greensboro Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Hawaii County Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Honolulu Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Kauai County Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Maui County Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Raleigh Police Department - Selective Enforcement Unit (SEU)


Special Police Forces (Ukraine)
Security Service of Ukraine
  • Alpha Group
National Guard of Ukraine
  • 18th Operational Regiment, Mariupol
    • 1st Patrol Battalion
    • 2nd Special Purpose Battalion "Donbas", Mariupol
    • Special Purpose Regiment "Azov", Mariupol
    • Special Patrol Company, Mariupol
  • "Scorpion" Special Forces Detachment, Kyiv, tasked with guarding Ukraine's nuclear industry
  • "Omega" Special Forces Anti-terrorism Detachment, Novi Petrivtsi
  • "Vega" Special Forces Detachment, Lviv
  • "Ares" Special Forces Intelligence Detachment, Kharkiv
  • "Odessa" Special Forces Detachment, Odessa
National Police of Ukraine
  • Rapid Operational Response Unit (KORD) (Ukrainian: КОРД (поліція особливого призначення))

Special Tasks Patrol Police are the volunteer corps law enforcement units, part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

  • Artemivsk Battalion
  • Bogdan Battalion
  • Chernihiv Battalion
  • Dnipro-1 Regiment
  • Donetsk-1 Battalion
  • Donetsk-2 Battalion
  • Ivano-Frankivsk Battalion
  • Kharkiv Police Battalion
  • Kherson Battalion
  • Kirovohrad Battalion
  • Kremenchuk Battalion
  • Kryvbas Battalion
  • Kyiv-1 Battalion
  • Kyiv-2 Battalion
  • Kyivshchyna Battalion
  • Luhansk-1 Battalion
  • Lviv Battalion
  • Myrnyi Battalion
  • Myrotvorets Battalion
  • Poltava Battalion
  • Shakhtarsk Battalion
  • Shtorm Battalion
  • Sich Battalion
  • Sicheslav Battalion
  • Skif Battalion
  • Sumy Battalion
  • Svityaz Battalion
  • Svyatyi Mykolai Battalion
  • Ternopil Battalion
  • Ukraine Battalion
  • Vinnytsia Battalion
  • Zoloti Vorota Battalion


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


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

See also

  • SWAT
  • Field Force
  • ATLAS Network


Text submitted to CC-BY-SA license. Source: List of police tactical units by Wikipedia (Historical)