List of special police units

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This list is about law enforcement units. For military, see List of special forces units

This is a list of civilian police units tasked with special duties, including:

Afghanistan Afghanistan[edit]

Interior Ministry

Albania Albania[edit]

Argentina Argentina[edit]

Argentine Federal Police
Argentine National Gendarmerie
  • Equipo Antiterrorista (Anti-Terrorist Team)
  • Escuadrón Especial de la Gendarmería Nacional
  • Scorpion Group
  • Sección Operaciones Especiales de Monte de Gendarmería Nacional "Groupe Monte" (National Gendarmarie Jungle Special Operations Section)
  • Unidad Especial de Lucha Contra Narcotraficante (UELCON)
Local and other units

Australia Australia[edit]

Australian Federal Police
New South Wales Police Force
New South Wales Department of Corrective Services
Northern Territory Police
Queensland Police
Queensland Department of Corrective Services
  • Tactical Response Unit (TRU)[4]
South Australia Police
Tasmania Police
Tasmania Corrective Services
  • Tactical Response Group (TRG)[7]
Victoria Police
Western Australia Police
Western Australia Department of Corrective Services

Austria Austria[edit]

Austrian Federal Police

The Bahamas Bahamas[edit]

Royal Bahamas Police Force
  • Security and Intelligence Branch

Bangladesh Bangladesh[edit]

Bangladesh Police

Belarus Belarus[edit]

KGB of Belarus
  • Spetsgruppa "A" (Alpha Group)

Belgium Belgium[edit]

Federal police

Bolivia Bolivia[edit]

Bolivian Police Force
  • Unidad Tactica de Operaciones Policiales - UTOP (Tactical Response Unit)
  • Fuerza especial de lucha contra el narcotráfico- FELCN (Bolivian anti-narcotics force)
  • Fuerza especial de lucha contra el crimen- FELCC (Bolivian anti-criminal force)

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Bosnian Police Force
Other units

Brazil Brazil[edit]

Military Police
Federal Police
Civil Police

Bulgaria Bulgaria[edit]

Bulgarian Gendarmerie
  • Counter-Terrorist Squads

Canada Canada[edit]

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Provincial, local and other units

Chile Chile[edit]

China China[edit]

Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China
People's Armed Police (CAPF)

Hong Kong Hong Kong[edit]

Hong Kong Police Force

Macau Macau[edit]

Macau Public Security Police Force
  • Police Intervention Tactical Unit (UTIP)
    • Intervention Group
    • Support Group
    • Instruction Platoon
    • Atlas Protection Corps
    • Special Operation Group (GOE)

Colombia Colombia[edit]

Colombian Special National Police

The Elite Operations Special Police

  • C.O.P.E.S "commando de operaciones especiales" Special Operations Command (All country Really special operations most of the operations are secret)
  • Comandos Jungla (Special Rural operations, anti-narcotics, anti-extortions specialization in irregular combat they supports the special army forces)

The Special Operations Combat Police

  • G.O.E.S "grupo especial de operaciones" Special group operations (urban operations)
  • E.M.C.A.R "Escuadrones Mobiles de Carabineros" Mobile Carabine Squadrons (Rural protection and operations)

The Special Police

  • GAULA- SIJIN "Fuerzas conjuntas anti extorción por la Paz" special task of united areas from the police for extortion, kindnapings and narcotics rural and urban operations.
  • C.T.I special unity of investigations.
  • DAS special anti-terrorism department in Colombia a special police
  • E.S.M.A.D Anti-disturbs command

Costa Rica Costa Rica[edit]

  • Unidad Especial de Intervención (UEI) - attached to the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) of Ministry of the Presidency.
  • Unidad Especial de Apoyo (UEA)from Ministry of Public Security (MSP)
  • Unidad de Intervención Policial (crowd management unit/ anti-riot) UIP (MSP)
  • Unidad Tactica Policial - MSP
  • Unidad Canina - MSP
  • Policia Antidrogas - PCD (MSP)
  • Servicio Especial de Respuesta Táctica - SERT (OIJ)

Croatia Croatia[edit]

Law Enforcement

Cuba Cuba[edit]

  • BE PNR

Czech Republic Czech Republic[edit]

  • URNA (Útvar rychlého nasazení - Rapid Reaction Unit)
  • ZJ (Zasahova jednotka) - 8 regional full-time units)

Denmark Denmark[edit]


Ecuador Ecuador[edit]

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

Egypt Egypt[edit]

Egyptian National Security

Estonia Estonia[edit]

Estonian Police
  • K-Commando (Special unit of the Central Crime Police)

Fiji Fiji[edit]

  • Police Tactical Response Unit (disbanded in 2007)[11]
  • Police National Operations Support Unit[12][13]

Finland Finland[edit]

Finnish Police

France France[edit]

National Police
Prefecture of Police of Paris
Joint unit
  • Groupement interarmées d'hélicoptères (GIH, joint air force and army light aviation helicopters unit for specialized units of Gendarmerie and Police)

Georgia (country) Georgia[edit]

Germany Germany[edit]

German Federal Police (Bundespolizei)
German police special response units
Zollkriminalamt (German Customs Investigation Bureau)

Greece Greece[edit]

Greek Police
Greek Coast Guard
  • Special Operations Teams (OEA)

Hungary Hungary[edit]

Iceland Iceland[edit]

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

India India[edit]

Indian Police Service
Protective Service Unit
  • Special Protection Group - The Special Protection Group (SPG) (Hindi: विशेष सुरक्षा दल) is an "armed force of the Union" of India formed in 1988 by an act of the Parliament of India for "providing proximate security to the Prime Minister of India and former Prime Minister of India and members of their immediate families (wife, husband, children and parents)".Family members of a serving Prime Minister (PM) may decline security. Former PMs and their immediate family members may also, if they choose, decline SPG security.
  • special weapons and tactics (new delhi)
  • Central Bureau of investigation(CBI)

Indonesia Indonesia[edit]

Indonesian National Police / POLRI
  • Brigade Mobil (National Police Special Operations Force, Police Commandos, Special Response team) POLRI

Iran Iran[edit]

Iranian Police
  • 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)
  • Police Amniat (Persian: پلیس امنیت - Security Police)

Iraq Iraq[edit]

Iraqi Police

Republic of Ireland Ireland[edit]

Garda Síochána (National Police)

Israel Israel[edit]

Israel Police
Israel Border Police
Israel Prison Service
  • Nachshon
  • Dror
  • Masada

Italy Italy[edit]

Italian Carabinieri
Italian State Police
Italian Penitentiary Police
Italian Finance Security

Japan Japan[edit]

National Police Agency
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department
  • Special Investigation Team (SIT)
  • Anti-Firearms Squad - the armed response teams
Osaka Prefectural Police Department
  • Martial Arts Attack Team (MAAT)
Japan Coast Guard
  • Special Security Team (SST) - the maritime SWAT teams
  • Special Police Team
  • Special Rescue Team - the maritime search & rescue teams
  • National Strike Team (NST) - the maritime oil pollution response teams

Jordan Jordan[edit]

Public Security Force
  • Special Police's Unit 30 (SWAT)
General Directorate Of Gendarmerie
  • Special Unit 14 (Special Intervention)
  • GID Special Unit

Kuwait Kuwait[edit]

  • Kuwait Special Force (Al Quwat Al Khasa)
  • Kuwait Swat team

Latvia Latvia[edit]

State Police of Latvia
  • Special Task Battalion ALFA (riot squad)
  • OMEGA (counter-terrorism and special operations unit)

Lebanon Lebanon[edit]

Lebanese Police Force
  • Fuhud (Panthers)(Special Police Unit)
  • internal intelligence (fast reaction force)
  • general security (special unit)

Liechtenstein Liechtenstein[edit]


Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

  • ARAS - Lithuanian Police Anti-terrorist Operations Unit (Lithuanian: Lietuvos policijos antiteroristinių operacijų rinktinė)
  • VSAT SPB (Lithuanian State Border Guard Service Rapid Reaction Squads)
  • AITVARAS - Lithuanian Special Operations Force (LITHSOF) (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Specialiųjų Operacijų Pajėgos)

Luxembourg Luxembourg[edit]

Grand Ducal Police

Malaysia Malaysia[edit]

Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia)
Malaysian Prison Department
Department of Immigration (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia)
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia)

Malta Malta[edit]

Maltese Police
  • Special Assignments Group till June 2013
  • Rapid Intervention Unit (RIU) since July 1, 2013

Mexico Mexico[edit]

Policia Federal
Procuraduria General de la Republica PGR

Mongolia Mongolia[edit]

Mongolian Police
  • Special Response Unit
  • SWAT

Morocco Morocco[edit]

Namibia Namibia[edit]

Netherlands Netherlands[edit]

Custodial Institutions Agency (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen)
  • Bijzonder Ondersteunings Team (BOT), high-risk prisoner escort, VIP escort, can also be deployed as a SWAT team (usually only operates within the prison system)
Netherlands National Police (Nationale Politie)
  • Mobiele Eenheid (ME), part-time police riot squad
  • Dienst Koninklijke & Diplomatieke Beveiliging (DK&DB), Royal and Diplomatic Security Service
  • Dienst Speciale Interventies (DSI)
    • Unit Interventie (Intervention Unit), composite police (1/3)/army (2/3) rapid assault team
    • Aanhoudings & Ondersteuning Team/Arrestatieteam (AOT/AT), police regional SWAT teams
    • Marine Special Operations Force (MSOF), highest counter-terrorism unit in the Dutch spectrum, marines have law enforcement status during DSI operations
    • Unit Expertise & Operationele Ondersteuning (UE&OO), composite police (1/2)/marine corps (1/2) sniper unit
Royal Marshals/Royal Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee)
  • Bijstands Eenheid (BE), regional full-time heavy duty riot squad, and internal security force (can be deployed as de facto light mechanized infantry)
  • Brigade Speciale Beveiligingsopdrachten (Special Protection Tasks Brigade)
    • Aanhoudings & Ondersteuning Team/Arrestatieteam (AOT/AT), Royal Marechaussee SWAT team (if involved in operations supporting the police it falls under the DSI)
    • Diplomatic Protection Group, provide close high-risk VIP protection, and security for dutch embassies

New Zealand New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand Police

Nicaragua Nicaragua[edit]

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

Nigeria Nigeria[edit]

Nigeria Police Force
  • Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), counter terrorist
State Security Service (Nigeria)
  • Department of State Security (DSS), VIP protection/counter terrorist

Norway Norway[edit]

Norwegian Police Service

Pakistan Pakistan[edit]

Panama Panama[edit]

Philippines Philippines[edit]

Philippine National Police

Poland Poland[edit]

  • BOA (Biuro Operacji Antyterrorystycznych, Bureau of Antiterrorist Operations) - police hostage rescue and tactical unit
    • Biuro Operacji Antyterrorystycznych Komendy Głównej Policji, Bureau of Antiterror Operations of the Main Policja Command - central Police CT/SWAT unit, subordinated to Main Policja Command
  • Samodzielne Pododdziały Antyterrorystyczne Policji (SPAP), Sekcje Antyterrorystyczne (SAT) - Independent Antiterrorist Subunits and Antiterrorism Sections - 9 regional full-time SWAT/CT units, subordinated Regional Police Commands.
  • Tactical teams of CBŚ (organized crime branch of Polish Police)
  • Wydział Realizacyjny (Realization Department) - tactical and EOD unit of Warsaw Police Command
  • Wydziały Zabezpieczenia Działań (Operations Support Departments) - tactical units of Border Guard

Portugal Portugal[edit]

Public Security Police (PSP)
National Republican Guard (GNR)
  • Grupo de Intervenção e Operações Especiais (Intervention and Special Operations Group)

Romania Romania[edit]

Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform
Romanian Gendarmerie
Romanian Secret Service (SRI)
  • BAT - Anti-Tero Brigade

Russia Russia[edit]

Federal Security Service
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Federal Penitentiary Service
Federal Drug Control Service of Russia
  • OSN "Grom"
Ministry of Justice
  • Dozens of various independent detachments, such as OSN Saturn.

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia[edit]

Saudi Arabian General Security

Serbia Serbia[edit]

Law enforcement

Somalia Somalia[edit]

National Intelligence and Security Agency
  • Gaashaan ("Shield") - CT unit
    • Alfa group
    • Bravo group
  • Danab commando ("Lightning") - Ranger type unit

Singapore Singapore[edit]

Singapore Police Force
Singapore Prison Service
Police Coast Guard

Slovenia Slovenia[edit]

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

  • 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[edit]

South African Police Service

South Korea South Korea[edit]

National Police Agency
  • Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT)
    • Seoul Metropolitan Police SWAT Unit (Unit 868)
    • Incheon Metropolitan Police SWAT Unit (Unit 313)
    • Busan Metropolitan Police SWAT Unit (Unit 431)
    • Daegu Metropolitan Police SWAT Unit
    • Jeju Metropolitan Police SWAT Unit
Republic of Korea Coast Guard
  • Sea Special Assault Team (SSAT)
    • Busan SSAT Unit
    • Incheon SSAT Unit
    • Donghae SSAT Unit

Spain Spain[edit]

Guardia Civil
National Police Corps of Spain
Mossos d'Esquadra
  • Grup Especial d'Intervenció (GEI)

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka[edit]

Sri Lanka Police Service

Sweden Sweden[edit]

Swedish Police Service

Switzerland Switzerland[edit]

Switzerland has around 1000 Police SWAT members, each State (canton) has a group with at least 14 members, the Federal Police also has its own SWAT group. The Swiss Army also provides a SWAT team, around 300-400 people are in that team

Federal Office of Police (FedPol)
Swiss Army
Vaud State Police
Zurich State Police
Bern State Police
Geneva State Police
Valais State Police
Jura State Police
Fribourg State Police
Neuchatel State Police

Taiwan Taiwan[edit]

National Police Agency (NPA)
  • Air Police Corps
  • Special Police Corps
    • Wei-An Special Services Commando
  • Thunder Squad (Special Weapons And Tactics Police Counter-Terrorism unit)
Coast Guard Administration
  • Special Task Unit

Thailand Thailand[edit]

Border Patrol Police
  • Police Aerial Reinforcement Unit (PARU)
Royal Thai Police

Turkey Turkey[edit]

General Directorate of Security
Turkish Gendarmerie

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates[edit]

Dubai Police Force

United Kingdom United Kingdom[edit]

  • Firearms units
  • Counter terrorism units
    • South East Counter Terrorism Unit (South East)
    • South West Counter Terrorism Unit (South West)
    • Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command (London)
    • East Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit (East)
    • East Midlands Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit (East Midlands)
    • West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit (West Midlands)
    • Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (Wales)
    • North West Counter Terrorism Unit (North West)
    • North East Counter Terrorism Unit (North East and Yorkshire and the Humber)
    • Police Scotland Specialist Crime Division (Scotland)
    • Police Service of Northern Ireland Crime Operations Department (Northern Ireland)

United States United States of America[edit]

Federal agencies
  • National Park Service
    • Special Response Teams (SRT)
      • Grand Canyon Special Response Team
      • Yellowstone Special Response Team
      • Western Region Special Response Team
    • Special Event and Tactical Teams (SETT)
      • Midwest Special Event and Tactical Team
      • Pacific West Region Special Event and Tactical Team
      • Southeast Region Special Event and Tactical Team
    • U.S. Park Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team
    • United States Park Police, New York Field Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
Independent federal agencies
State agencies
Local/County Agencies

The police departments of many counties and most major cities have special police units.

Vietnam Vietnam[edit]

  • Vietnam People's Public Security
    • Vietnam Mobile Police (Cảnh sát cơ động) - Counter-terrorist and riot police
    • Vietnam Rapid Response Police (Cảnh sát Phản ứng nhanh), also known as CS113 - Counter criminal police

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  11. ^ "Fiji’s military disbands Police Tactical Response Unit". Radio New Zealand International. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Fiji Times: New police unit to replace response squad
  13. ^ New life for elite police unit
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