scenario. They are essential in diffusing a potentially violent anddangerous situation.
The Sniper Team consists of members who are highly skilled in the artsof camouflage and long distance shooting with state of the artweaponry. While their main task is to provide cover and fire support,they are also instrumental in providing up-to-the-minute intelligence tothe Command Post. This information could be crucial in makingdecisions regarding assault plans and life-threatening situations. Theyare also known as the perimeter or containment team.
The Entry Team
The name says it all. This team is comprised of members who areskilled in the art of explosives, forced entry and frontal assault. Theyare heavily armed with projectile weapons, smoke bombs, flash bombsand tear gas.
The true success of a SWAT team, however, is not measured inequipment, but in their performance as a team. A team that isuntrained, undisciplined, and inexperienced, is a liability to itscommunity, no matter how well armed and equipped they may be.
CONSIDER THE EQUIPMENT USED BY A SWAT TEAMFirepower
The weapons of a SWAT team are dictated by tactical necessity. In assaultson defended properties, teams use automatic rifles. A shotgun is usuallybrought along on every operation to provide long-range delivery for tear gasor smoke. Sharpshooters use high-powered, long-range rifles, usually fittedwith high-resolution scopes that can be used day or night.
The SWAT team uniform must provide all-weather protection:●It must be able to be worn at night without making the officer aneasily identifiable target.●It must be loose fitting in order to allow the officer freedom of movement.●SWAT vests fit around the body and are capable of carryingeverything from extra ammunition to water canteens, legholsters for pistols to allow for quick draw, and high-band, voice-activated, silent listening radios for instant inter-teamcommunication that may be employed even while a teammember is under fire.