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)


Available Sessions are located in the ACADIS List of Available Training. To see those sessions and for registration, please follow this link – Available Training.

Once on this training page, locate the “FILTERS” button at the top right-hand side of the page.

In the “Keyword” Field, type –0521 and then hit the APPLY button.

All available FTO Sessions will be displayed. For more information on each session, click the individual session.

Contact your agency ACADIS training manager to register.

Cost: $800
Don Arnold (LETCSA Patrol Tactics/De-escalation Program Manager), Ciara Colon (Administrative Assistant)
call Phone: (206) 786-8951
Category: Violence De-Escalation Training


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



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)



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 0700-1800, 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

Training sessions

Session Session Title Dates & Hours Location Status Cost
0521-3 Basic S.W.A.T Officer (Class is Sunday through Thursday) 10/22/2023 - 10/26/2023 West Valley Fire Station
10000 Zier Road
Yakima, WA 98908
Open $800