S.W.A.T. duties

SWAT duties include:

  • Hostage rescue.
  • Crime suppression.
  • Perimeter security against snipers for visiting dignitaries.
  • Providing superior assault firepower in certain situations, e.g. barricaded suspects.
  • Rescuing officers and citizens captured or endangered by gunfire.
  • Countering terrorist operations in cities.
  • Resolving high-risk situations with a minimum loss of life, injury, or property damage.
  • Resolving situations involving barricaded subjects (specifically covered by a Hostage Barricade Team).
  • Stabilizing situations involving high-risk suicidal subjects.
  • Providing assistance on drug raids, arrest warrants, and search warrants.
  • Providing additional security at special events.
  • Stabilizing dangerous situations dealing with violent criminals (such as rapists, serial killers or gangs).
  • Armed patrols

Source: Wikipedia