Basic S.W.A.T Officer

This course is directed toward Law Enforcement Officers recently assigned to a specialized SWAT or emergency response team. This course will provide the participants with an understanding of contemporary theories and concepts used during Law Enforcement tactical operations.  Participants will gain practical experience operating as a member of a team during practical and scenario-based field exercises designed to develop both individual and team tactics.  Participants will gain practical experience planning, developing & executing missions.  Upon completion of this course participants will possess the fundamental knowledge and skills to function in the various positions required of a SWAT team member.

Class Size: 30 Maximum

Organization: Classroom lecture & demonstrations are followed-up with applied skill practice sessions culminating in three scenarios.

Course Length: 50 Hours, 5 days (0700-1800)

Course Objectives:

1. Students will learn the history and philosophy of SWAT.

2. Students will learn the structure and organization of a SWAT team and the roles and responsibilities of each.

3. Introduction to the specialized equipment and munitions used by SWAT teams.

4. Students will learn the overarching principles associated with LETCSA and how they apply to SWAT operations.


Course Topics:

1. Introduction to SWAT

2. Equipment (individuals)

3. Equipment (team)

4. Decision making

5. Emotional Intelligence

6. Structure clearing

7. Critical Life-Saving skills

8. Downed person rescues

9. SWAT specific case law

10. Less Lethal, FSDD, Chemical agents

11. Breaching

12. Team Arrest Procedures

13. Immediate action drills


Grading: Students will be required to pass a written examination at the conclusion of this course (80% minimum)

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via Acadis

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

1. Current member of a SWAT team.

2. Proficient with intermediate rifle or (SMG) and handgun.

Don Arnold (LETCSA Patrol Tactics/De-escalation Program Manager), Ciara Colon (Administrative Assistant)

(206) 786-8951

Who can attend our classes?

This course is open to law enforcement officers who have been recently assigned to a specialized SWAT or emergency response team.

Required Equipment

1. Helmet

2. Entry Vest

3. Gloves

4. Tactical Uniform to include footwear

5. Rifle/SMG + (3) magazines

6. Handgun + (3) magazines

7. Eye and hearing protection

8. APR (Gas Mask)

9. PT gear


Recommended equipment:

1. Inert firearm (i.e. SIRT)


Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need to check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.


Class hours are 0800-1700, Monday– Friday, with the exception of State and Federal Holidays. 


To cancel registration, send email to . Cancellations must be received at least 14 days prior to class. 


Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
0521-2 Basic SWAT 5/1/2023 - 5/5/2023 King County Gun Range
26520 292nd Avenue Southeast
Ravensdale, WA 98051
Open $800