Basic SWAT School

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Course Coordinator:

Kevin Kazyak, Chief, Chelsea Police Department has over 28 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Kazyak has held positions as a Use of Force Instructor, Firearms Instructor and 15 years as a SWAT Operator.


Staff Instructors are highly motivated current and former operators assigned to area or regional SWAT teams. This collection of operators brings a unique opportunity to learn and gain knowledge from multiple instructors who have participated in numerous operations.

Course Description:

This dynamic course is designed to teach new or veteran tactical officers the necessary skills needed for tactical operations.

Some Topics Include:

  • Historical Perspective of SWAT
  • Firearms - primary and secondary weapons
  • The five positions of carry
  • Low light and no light
  • Wound triage
  • Vehicle assaults
  • Team movement approach
  • Team movement to contact
  • Planning for primary and secondary entry
  • Breaching and covering
  • Room clearing
  • High-Risk Warrant Service
  • Barricaded Gunmen

Recommended Equipment:

  • Kevlar helmet
  • Tactical vest kit
  • Tactical belt and holster
  • BDU’s or department tactical uniform,
  • Boots
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Tactical carbine with tactical light recommended
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gas mask with level 3 exposure flashlight separate from weapon mounted light
  • Cleaning kit for handgun and carbine
  • Camelback or hydration system
  • 1 Noise-Flash Diversionary Device (NDFF) per student
  • 1250 rds. of .223 rifle ammo
  • 1000 rds. of handgun ammo

Note: This course is physically challenging requiring participation in field craft exercises that may involve running and/or carrying equipment. There are physical fitness and firearms standards that will need to be passed. The physical fitness is 4 events, vertical jump, sit-ups, push-ups and a half-mile shuttle run. 

Students should also bring water and a lunch each day they are in the field, as they could be eating during field craft / range exercises. 

Course Details:

- 302 Funds Eligible -