ID-006-RESP - SWAT - Law Enforcement Tactical Operations for Terrorism Response
(Basic SWAT Concepts and Tactics)

Basic SWAT Dynamic Entry
Basic SWAT Dynamic Entry

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Download the DHS Basic SWAT Student Registration Form

The Preparedness of State and Local Law Enforcement officers is one of the major initiatives of the United States Department of Homeland Security. This Basic SWAT course provides law enforcement officers with proven tactics and techniques for first responders in a SWAT operation to include terrorist incidences.

Program Overview

The Government Training Institute's Basic SWAT course curriculum that has been reviewed and approved by D.H.S.’s Office of Grants & Training. This allows states the opportunity to apply their DHS training grant funding toward student tuition, overtimes, meals lodging, and associated backfill cost of their SWAT officers to attend.

Basic SWAT Training
Basic SWAT Training
Live Fire Range Practice

The Government Training Institute's course covers 25 separate modules in a 7 day period. Students learn proven tactics, techniques and procedures for SWAT operations. Students learn SWAT operations specific to terrorist threats and current mission essential tasks utilized by SWAT teams across the nation. Students have daily performance evaluations as well as written exams throughout the course.

The course gives students instruction and practical application in the following tactical training: Officers will learn proven dynamic entry and slow and deliberate tactics during practical exercises and force on force scenarios. Officers become familiarized with SWAT operations to include: High Risk Warrant Services, Vehicle Assaults, Citizen Team Member Recovery, and Ballistic / Mechanical Breaching. Students receive detailed practical applications in tactical shooting techniques associated with close quarter’s battle engagements. Students receive a detailed block of instruction on Terrorism, as well as tactical considerations when dealing with a terrorist threat such as improvised explosive devices, and weapons of mass destruction. Students receive daily physical training to increase their physical performance in SWAT related mission environments.

Student Testimonials

Great instructors with an amazing amount of knowledge. They were able to get to the point of instruction while making it easy to learn. Very good class structure that allows easy learning and teaches good techniques. ~ Brandon Nicholson: Law Enforcement Deputy

The course was presented very well from all instructors. No question went unanswered and all responses had relevant and pertinent basis of reasoning. I believe all instructors are knowledgeable, but specifically their teaching approach made it easy to impart that knowledge to the students. I would not hesitate to take any class being taught by any of our instructors. Thanks guys. ~ Andrew Moll: Law Enforcement Officer

In my 8 years in law enforcement this course has been the best. It provided me with real world training instead of the diluted style of training commonly found in LE. ~ Clifton Farley: Law Enforcement Officer

This was by far the best tactical class that I have attended. The tactics that were taught were different than what our team utilizes; however they (tactics) opened my eyes to a better/safer and more dominating method to room entries. The instructors were the best instructors that I have had. I appreciated their knowledge, experience and method of instructing. ~ Jason Hammer: Law Enforcement Officer

Funding and Additional Information

State and local law enforcement agencies can utilize Department of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funds to pay for the course. It is important to note that although this training and the use of these Funds is approved by DHS, the agency's State Administrative Agencies (SAA) Training Point of Contact (POC) must approve the use of the funds to attend the course.

Contact GTI, by calling 803-259-1935 or emailing, and we can provide tuition information and directions on how to proceed with gaining approval to utilize your states DHS funds to attend training.

Another option to assist with funding is GTI's Asset Trading Program (ATP). Click the link in the menu above to find out more about this program.