Resolving crisis when specialized coverage is required
Resolving situations that include:
Recapturing dangerous escapees
Protecting dignitaries in collaboration with other state and federal agencies
Serving high risk search and arrest warrants
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.
Members are selected for the SWAT team based upon:
Decision making abilities
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. Many SWAT members hold instructor certificates in various disciplines and provide instruction to other department members and law enforcement agencies around the state.