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The Montgomery County Police Department’s Tactical Unit, more commonly referred to as the  Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), has been in existence since the early 1970’s.  SWAT is a life saving unit with the sole purpose of using advanced skills, training, and equipment to resolve the most dangerous and challenging of situations that occur throughout Montgomery County. Every effort is made to complete missions in the safest manner possible for community members and officers alike. The SWAT team handles a variety of missions including:

  • Hostage / Rescue operations
  • Barricaded subjects
  • High risk search and arrest warrant service
  • Surveillance
  • Dignitary protection
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments
  • Training



Armored Vehicle
Photo taken by David MacAnanny,
MCP Police Explorer


Montgomery County Department of Police · J. Thomas Manger, Chief
Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive · Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Non-emergency: 301.279.8000
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