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SWAT
Responsibilities
  • Resolving crisis when specialized coverage is required
  • Resolving situations that include:
    • Lone gunmen
    • Barricaded persons
    • Hostage situations
  • Recapturing dangerous escapees
  • Protecting dignitaries in collaboration with other state and federal agencies
  • Serving high risk search and arrest warrants

Team Members
The Billings Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team consists of 13 members who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
Team members include hostage negotiators and marksmen who are highly trained and disciplined to make precision rifle shots from several hundred yards away. The team also utilizes less lethal weapons such as the Taser and various chemical agents.

Qualifications
Members are selected for the SWAT team based upon:
  • Firearms proficiency
  • Street performance
  • Decision making abilities

Training
Members train rigorously 20 hours a month as a team. Each member receives an additional 20-30 hours of tactical training each year outside of the team training. They must maintain throughout their SWAT career a 60% or higher in each of the Cooper Physical Fitness Standards.

Many SWAT members hold instructor certificates in various disciplines and provide instruction to other department members and law enforcement agencies around the state.