Integrating Police Snipers into SWAT teams




Kirk, Justin C.

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams across the world are the tactical police forces that are known to possess all the tools, tactics, and knowledge called upon to deal with circumstances beyond the capabilities of ordinary law enforcement that are considered high risk. With this kind of task and responsibilities, every SWAT team should also be prepared with police snipers. Police snipers use a combination of observation and intelligence gathering skills paired with long distance precision weaponry that serve beneficial to almost every tactical mission. Police agencies without snipers in their ranks place them at a tactical disadvantage. SWAT teams may not have snipers from a lack of knowledge or purposes of the police sniper. It could also be a more common police issue regarding liability hesitations or lack of funds. By law enforcement agencies integrating a sniper program into their SWAT teams, the teams would have more tactical resolutions and operation intelligence at their disposal.



Police Special Weapons and Tactics Units