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List of special response units

The scope of this list is primarily police units tasked with special duties, including:

Albania Albania

Argentina Argentina

Argentine National Gendarmerie (Argentine National Gendarmarie)

  • Equipo Antiterrorista (Anti-Terrorist Team)
  • Escuadrón Especial de la Gendarmería Nacional
  • Sección Operaciones Especiales de Monte de Gendarmería Nacional "Groupe Monte" (National Gendarmarie Jungle Special Operations Section)
  • Unidad Especial de Lucha Contra Narcotraficante (UELCON)

Policía Federal Argentina

Policía de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

Policía Provincial de Santa Fé

Prefectura Naval Argentina

  • Grupo Albatros
    • Grupo de Respuesta Imediata de Alto Riesgo (GRIAR) (Immediate High Risk Response Group)

Australia Australia

Austria Austria

Bangladesh Bangladesh

Belgium Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil Brazil

Canada Canada

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) Nuclear Security Response Team
  • Brockville Police Service - Emergency Response Team
  • Bruce Power - Nuclear Response Team
  • Calgary Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Canadian Forces - Joint Task Force 2
  • Charlottetown Police Services - Emergency Response Team
  • Correctional Service Canada - Institutional Emergency Response Team (IERT)
  • Chalk River Laboratories Nuclear Response Force (NRF)
  • Delta Police Department - Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team
  • Durham Regional Police - Tactical Support Unit (TSU)
  • Edmonton Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Fredericton Police - Emergency Response Team
  • Greater Sudbury Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Guelph Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Halifax Regional Police - Emergency Response Team
  • Halton Regional Police Service - Tactical Rescue Unit
  • Hamilton Police Service - Emergency Response Unit
  • Lethbridge Regional Police Service - Tactical Support Team
  • London Police Service - Emergency Response Section (ERS [originally formed as the Emergency Response Unit - ERU]). Provincially accredited Hostage Rescue Unit.
  • Medicine Hat Police Service - Tactical Arrest Control Team
  • Municipal Integrated Emergency Response Team - MIERT, A joint ERT of the Delta, Abbotsford, New Westminster, and Port Moody Police Departments.
  • New Westminister Police Service - Emergency Response Team
  • Niagara Regional Police - Emergency Task Unit
  • Ontario Power Generation's nuclear response force (NRF)
  • Ontario Provincial Police - Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Provincial Emergency Response Team (PERT)
  • Ottawa Police Service - Tactical Unit
  • Peel Regional Police - Tactical and Rescue Unit, Airport Unit
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Royal Newfoundland Constabulary - Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU)
  • Sault Ste. Marie Police Service - Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
  • Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (City of Montreal Police Service) - Groupe tactique d'intervention (Tactical Intervention Group)
  • Sûreté du Québec (Quebec Provincial Police) - (Intervention Group )
  • Toronto Police Service - Emergency Task Force (ETF), Public Order Unit, Mounted Unit
  • Vancouver Police Department - Emergency Response Team
  • Waterloo Regional Police Service - Emergency Response Unit
  • Winnipeg Police Service - Tactical Support Team (TST)
  • York Regional Police - Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

Chile Chile

China China

Hong Kong Hong Kong

Macau Macau

Colombia Colombia

  • Ejército Nacional

Croatia Croatia

Czech Republic Czech Republic

  • URNA (Czech police) - "Útvar Rychlého Nasazení" = "Rapid deployment unite"

Denmark Denmark

Ecuador Ecuador

  • GOE - Grupo de Operaciones Especiales
  • GIR - Grupo de Intervención y Rescate

Estonia Estonia

Finland Finland

France France

  • Police Nationale (National Police)
    • Force d'Intervention de la Police Nationale (FIPN)(National and regional SWAT Teams)
    • All the others BRI (high risk arrests, surveillances ...)
    • Groupes d'Appuis Opérationnels (Operational Support Groups) same missions of the BRI to the benefit of national specialised Departments (Narcotics, Counter-spying ...)
    • Service de Protection des Hautes Personnalités (SPHP) (VIP details Service)

Georgia (country) Georgia

  • Georgia's Counterterrorist Centre unites "SOD"(Georgia's rapid response department) and "KUD" (constitutional security department)[1]

Germany Germany

  • Bundespolizei (German Federal Police) - GSG 9 (formerly an a German abbreviation of Grenzschutzgruppe 9, 'Border Guards, Group 9')
  • Landespolizei (State police) Spezialeinsatzkommando (SEK), Mobiles Einsatzkommando (MEK)
  • Zollkriminalamt (German Customs Investigation Bureau) - Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll (ZUZ)
  • Mobiles Einsatzkommando (Mobiles Einsatzkommando, state police services and federal criminal police office)

Greece Greece

Hungary Hungary

  • Terrorelhárító Szolgálat (Anti-Terrorist Service)
  • Counter-Terrorist Centre (TEK) Team

Iceland Iceland

  • Víkingasveitin (Viking Squad / Special Operations Unit of the National Commissioner)

India India

Indonesia Indonesia

Iran Iran

  • YEGOP NAJA (Persian یگان‌های ویژه پاسداران نیروی انتظامی abbreviated as یگوپ ناجا Special Units of Disciplinary Force's Guards)
    • NOPO (Persian نیروی ویژه‌ی پادوحشت Counter-terrorism Special Force or یگان ویژه Special Unit)
    • Police Amniat (Persian پلیس امنیت Security Police)

Republic of Ireland Ireland

Israel Israel

Italy Italy

Japan Japan

Jordan Jordan

  • Unit 30 ( Police SWAT )
  • Unit 14 ( Gendarme Special Intervention)

Kuwait Kuwait

  • Kuwait Special Force (Al Quwat Al Khasa)
  • Kuwait Swat team
  • Kuwait National Guards (Al Haras Al Watany)

Latvia Latvia

Liechtenstein Liechtenstein

Lithuania Lithuania

Malaysia Malaysia

Mexico Mexico

Netherlands Netherlands

New Zealand New Zealand

Nicaragua Nicaragua

  • Policia Nacional-DOEP
    • Tácticas y Armas Policiales de Intervención y Rescate (TAPIR)
    • Departamento de Intervención Rápida (GIR)

Norway Norway

Pakistan Pakistan

  • Elite Police (An elite police force that primarily deals with high profile security along with counter-terrorism operations of a lesser magnitude.)
  • Airport Security Force
  • Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Force (The anti drug-trafficking arm of Pakistan Police.)
  • Rescue 1122 (Civilian emergency response unit. It provides ambulance, fire brigade and rescue services.)

Philippines Philippines

Philippine National Police

Poland Poland

  • GROM (full name: Polish: Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (Operational Maneuver Response Group)
  • BOA (Biuro Operacji Antyterrorystycznych, Bureau of Antiterrorist Operations) - police hostage rescue and tactical unit
  • SPAP (Samodzielny Pododdział Antyterrorystyczny Policji, Indepentent Antiterrorist Police Unit) - 9 regional, full-time tactical and EOD units of Police.
  • SAT - (Sekcja Antyterrorystyczna, Antiterrorist Section) - 9 regional full-time tactical and EOD units.
  • Wydział Realizacyjny (Realization Department) - tactical and EOD unit od Warsaw Police Command
  • Tactical teams of CBŚ (organized crime branch of Polish Police)
  • Wydziały Zabezpieczenia Działań (Operations Support Departments) - tactical units of Border Guard.
  • Various tactical teams of Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznegi (national counterintelligence service), Prison Service, Government Protection Office, Central Anticorruption Bureau, Military Police and other services.

Portugal Portugal

Romania Romania

Russia Russia

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

Serbia Serbia

Singapore Singapore

Slovakia Slovakia

  • Útvar Osobitného Určenia (UOU) - Special Designation Unit of the Presidium of Police
  • Pohotovostný Policajný Útvar (PPÚ)
  • Úrad boja proti organizovanej kriminalite - Zásahová skupina ZS ÚBOK PPZ - Organized crime department - Intervention unit
  • Úrad pre Ochranu Ústavných Činiteľov a Diplomatických Misií - Odbor špeciálnej ochrany (ÚOÚČ OŠO) - Security of the state, state officials and foreign dignitaries - Special protection unit
  • Jednotka služobných zákrokov Colného krimináleho úradu Colnej správy SR - (JSZ CKÚ ) Customs Criminal Office’s Intervention Unit
  • Zásahová jednotka Mobilnej zásahovej skupiny RHP Sobrance - Hraničná polícia - Intervention unit of the Border Police
  • Zásahové jednotky Špeciálnych zásahových skupín Zboru väzenskej a justičnej stráže - Intervention units of the Special intervention groups of the Department of Corrective Services

South Africa South Africa

  • South African Police Service - Special Task Force (SAPS STF) is an Elite Special Force Unit that provides a specialized service to all SAPS units including (SAPS NIU) & (SAPS TRT), respond to high risk situations. Identified by their unique Camoflauge Uniforms with BERETS & Operators badge.
  • South African Police Service -National Intervention Unit (SAPS NIU) - is an Elite Intervention Unit that provides specialized support to all SAPS units including (SAPS NIU) & (SAPS TRT) responds to medium to high risk situations. Identified by their unique tactical Overall Uniform with peaked Caps & Operators badge.
  • South African Police Servicé - Tactical Response Teams (SAPS TRT) is an Elite Intervention Unit that provides a specialized support to all units of the SAPS including (SAPS STF) & (SAPS NIU), Respond to medium to high risk situations, Identified by their unique Oxford blue tactical Uniforms with BERETS & Operators badge.

The Highly skilled Operators of the 3 Special Force Elite Units of South Africa mentioned above, are ready 24 hours 365 days a year and can be called out at any time without prior notice.

South Korea South Korea

  • Korean National Police SWAT - (KNP SWAT) National Police Agency
  • Combat police Riot squad paramilitary police unit.

Spain Spain

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sweden Sweden

Taiwan Taiwan

Thailand Thailand

Turkey Turkey

  • Jandarma Genel Komutanlığı (General Directorate of Gendarmerie)
    • J.Ö.A.K. Özel Operasyon Taburu (Special Operation Batallion)
    • J.Ö.A.K. Arama Kurtarma Taburu (Search and Rescue Batallion)
  • Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Security)
    • Polis Özel Harekat(Police Special Operations)

Ukraine Ukraine

  • Ministerstvo Vnutrishnikh Sprav (Ministry of Internal Affairs) - Berkut
  • Security Service of Ukraine (Special purpose law enforcement agency and main government security agency in a sphere of counterintelligence activity and combating terrorism) - SBU

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Most UK Police Forces have a Specialist Response Unit usually going by the name Armed Support Unit or Force Operations Task Force. Elements of units from the United Kingdom Special Forces have been deployed to support the Police a number of times in counterterrorist, intelligence and hostage rescue roles, though this has seen a marked decline since the end of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

United States United States of America

Federal agencies
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U.S. Department of Energy
  • Special Response Teams (SRT)
  • Special Response Force (SRF)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of the Treasury
National Park Service
Independent federal agencies
State agencies
Local/County Agencies
  • Alexandria Police Department - Special Operations Team (SOT)
  • Anchorage Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) Team
  • Arlington County Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Arlington County Sheriff's Office CERT
  • Atlanta Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Atlantic City Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Atlantic County, NJ, Emergency Response Team (ACERT) (Muli-Agency team)
  • Austin Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Aurora Police Department, IL - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Bakersfield Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Baltimore Police Department - Quick Response Team (QRT)
  • Baltimore County Police Department SWAT
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District Police Department - SWAT Team
  • Beverly Hills Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Broward County, Florida, Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Buena Park Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) - SWAT Team (Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) - (Multi-jurisdiction regional Team)
  • Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council (CCRLEC) - SWAT Team (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (CNHSOU)(Multi-Jurisdiction team)
  • Charleston County Sheriff's Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Charleston Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Chattanooga Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Chesapeake Police Department - SWAT Team
  • Chicago Police Department - SWAT Team
  • Cincinnati Police Department - SWAT Team
  • Cleveland Division of Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Cobb County, Georgia, Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Cobb County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office - Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department - Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU)
  • Columbus Division of Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Section
  • Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's Police - Hostage Barricade and Terrorist (HBT)
  • Corona Police Department - SWAT Team
  • Dallas Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Denver Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Detroit Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • DuPage County Sheriff's Office, IL - Special Weapons And Tactics
  • Durham Police Department - Selective Enforcement Team (SET)
  • Escondido Police Department - Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Fairfax County Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Fairfax County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Fulton County, Georgia, Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Felony Investigative Assistance Team (FIAT), Dupage County IL - Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia, Police Dept. - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Hampton, Virigina, Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office - Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Hillsborough County Fire Rescue - Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
  • Houston Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Indianapolis Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Kern County Sheriff's Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Kane County Sheriff's Office, IL - Special Weapsons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Long Beach Police DepartmentTemplate:Dn - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Los Angeles Airport Police - Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) - Special Enforcement Detail (SED)/Special Weapons Team
  • Los Angeles Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Los Angeles School Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Office - Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police - Special Operations Section Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Marietta Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC) - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Miami-Dade Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Police Department - Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • Montgomery Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Montgomery County Department of Police - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Nashville Metro Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Navajo Nation Tribal Police - Special Operations Unit (SOU)
  • Newark Police Department - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • New Orleans Police Department - Special Weapons Assault Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Newport News Police Department - Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • New York City Police Department - Emergency Service Unit (ESU)
  • North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)(Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • North Miami Beach Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • North Texas Metro SWAT - Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team covering four counties near Dallas, Texas
  • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) - Emergency Services Team (EST)(Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • North County SWAT - Regional team operating in the Northern part of Orange County, California
  • Northwest Regional SWAT Team (NWRS) - Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team - Northwest Indiana (Lake County, IN)
  • Orlando Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Orange County Area Law Enforcement (OCALE) Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team - Regional team in Orange County, Texas
  • Orange County, California, Sheriff's Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Palm Springs Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Phoenix Police Department – Special Assignments Unit (SAU)
  • Philadelphia Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT) Unit
  • Pima Regional SWAT - (Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • Port of Seattle Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • 23x15px Portland Police Bureau - Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team (Formerly the Tactical Respopnse Unit)
  • Portsmouth, Virginia, Sheriff's Office - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Prince George's County Police Department - Emergency Services Team (EST)
  • Prince George's County Sheriff's Office - Specialized Services Team (SST)
  • Sacramento County Sheriff's Department - Special Enforcement Detail (SED)
  • Salt Lake City Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Diego Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Diego County Sheriff's Department - Special Enforcement Detail (SED)
  • San Francisco Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Francisco Sheriff's Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Savannah Police Department - Emergency Rescue Team (ERT)
  • Seattle Police Department - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Shelby County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Spartanburg Police Department - Tactical Neutralization Team (TNT)
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Spokane Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Suffolk, Virginia, Police Department - Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Transit Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT - Muli-jurisdiction team in suburban Chicago, IL)
  • Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Tacoma Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tampa Police Department - Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Tucson Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tulsa County Sheriff's Office - Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)[2]
  • Tulsa Police Department - Special Operations Team (SOT)
  • Virginia Beach Police Department - Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Washington County, Oregon, Sheriff's Office - Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT)
  • Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department - Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Metropolitan Transit Police Department - Special Response Team (SRT)
  • West County SWAT - regional Team operating in the Western part of Orange County, California
  • Westchester County Police - Special Operations Division
  • Western New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Wichita Police Department - Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Unit

- Special Weapons And Tactics - SWAT

Vietnam Vietnam

  • Mobile Police (Cảnh sát cơ động)
  • Rapid Response Police - CS113 (Cảnh sát Phản ứng nhanh)

See also

References

External links

  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • International Tactical Officers Training Associationno:Emergency Response Team
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