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SWAT - Basic Course

Class Length: 60 hours
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The Denton Police Department SWAT Team will conduct a 60-hour Basic SWAT School in Denton, TX. The course will be taught by members of the Denton Police Department SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiations Unit. This class will provide students with the basic understanding of SWAT tactics and procedures.

This will meet the TCOLE requirements for Basic SWAT certification.
This class will focus on the basic concepts of SWAT operations, to include: 
  • History and philosophy
  • liability issues
  • operational planning and deployment
  • team movements
  • tactical firearms
  • chemical agents
  • less lethal munitions
  • diversionary devices
  • hostage operations
  • high risk warrant service
  • barricaded persons
  • tactical field care.
Equipment: All tactical related equipment to include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Mandatory equipment: 
    • body armor (either soft body armor and a load bearing vest, or a Tactical entry vest with pouches)
    • web gear
    • ballistic helmet
    • BDU’s
    • eye and ear protection
    • light sources
    • zeroed/sighted primary and secondary weapons systems (shoulder fired weapon, preferably AR-15 style rifle, and handgun), 500 rounds for long gun, 200 rounds for pistol, NO ARMOR PIERCING ammunition. Each student must have their own weapons, no sharing of weapons.
  • Optional equipment: 
    • gas mask
    • Simunition equipment
    • knee / elbow pads


Students must be certified peace officers or federal agents. There will be a pass / fail physical fitness assessment on the first day of class. Students failing the physical assessment will not be allowed to remain in the class after the first day. The test will consist of the Cooper “Single Cut-Point” standard: 1.5 mile run in 16:28 minutes or better, 300 meter run in 1:11 minutes or better, 25 push-ups in 1 minute, and 29 sit-ups in a 1 minute.




Class Minimum is 12.

Registered students should report to the Denton PD firing range (MAP) at 0900 hours on the first day of class.
Course Questions: Any specific questions about the course equipment, procedures, or content should be directed to Deputy Chief Paul Willenbrock. His email is paul.willenbrock @ (no spaces) and his office # is 940-349-7939.
Registration / Payment instructions:The fee for the course is $300.00. Class size is limited to 24 students.