SWAT Basic, Course #0510

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.  Team building exercises will be conducted and participants will participate in several exercises designed to develop techniques and strategies employed during 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: 50 Maximum


Organization: Classroom lecture & demonstrations are followed-up with practical field exercises. Students will be placed into teams for field exercises.


Dates: Presented 2X annually, generally in the spring and fall.


Course Length: 65 Hours, 6 days with some evening exercises.



  1. Current member of a SWAT team.
  2. Proficient with intermediate rifle or (SMG) and handgun.


Lead instructor: Sgt. Wayne DuBois – Richland Police Department / President WSTOA


Instructors: WSTOA SWAT Instructor Cadre


Course Objectives:

  1. Introduce students to SWAT Theory & Concepts in order to gain an understanding of SWAT utilization during Law Enforcement tactical operations.
  2. Provide a thorough understanding of Team Structure & the responsibilities of each position within the Team.
  3. Introduction to the specialized equipment and munitions used by SWAT Teams.
  4. Provide a thorough understanding of Team Tactics used during barricaded suspect and high risk warrant service missions.
  5. Provide an introduction to developing a proper Operational Plan & the necessity of after-action reviews.


Course Topics:

  1. Case Law & Tactical Mindset
  2. Team building exercises
  3. Weapons safety
  4. Breaching
  5. Chemical agents & APR’s
  6. NFDD’s
  7. Handgun range
  8. Rifle/subgun range
  9. Scouting & raid planning
  10. SMEAC
  11. Immediate action drills
  12. Mission, tactics, & techniques
  13. Covert entry
  14. Slow & methodical entry
  15. Dynamic entry
  16. Vehicle rescues
  17. Shield rescues
  18. Armored vehicle rescues
  19. Arrest team tactics
  20. Incident debrief & barricaded suspect overview

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


Required Supplies: Mission deployment equipment;

  1. Helmet
  2. Entry Vest
  3. Gloves
  4. Tactical Uniform
  5. Rifle/SMG
  6. Handgun
  7. Eye and hearing protection
  8. APR (Gas Mask)
  9. PT gear


Rules of Conduct:

  1. 100% attendance required, (emergency situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis).
  2. Students may be immediately removed from this course for unsafe gun handling or negligent discharge of a firearm


Dress Code & Identification:

Visitors attending training at WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus.  If you are not wearing agency identification, you will be asked to check in at the front desk and will be provided with a clip-on visitor's identification card.


Cost: $600, Non-cancelled no-shows

***Is this class full or not available???? Please complete the Course Interest SurveyPlease Note: This is not a waiting list.  You will not be contacted by WSCJTC unless there is enough interest to generate a class being scheduled.  At that time we will contact everyone that has shown interest so that applications can be submitted.

How To Apply:




Course, and Registration Questions:

Online Registration-LMS (Only agency authorized personnel can access this tool. Contact your Training Manager on your local procedures).

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Program, or Policy Questions:

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Phone: 206.835.7373


Revised February 2018

Session Selection
Start & End Date Location Status/Cost/Downloads
0510-2 March 5, 2018 April 08 -13, 2018 Richland Police Range
3230 Twin Bridges Rd, Richland
Richland WA 99354
Open  / $600  

Directions High School/Range
No-shows or failed PT will be charged $600