Firearms and tactics

SWAT Basic

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July 15 - July 19, 2024   |   Academy - 1595 Bonham Rd. Bristol, VA 24201

SWAT Announcement 2024

Basic SWAT School

The Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy will be conducting a Basic SWAT School from July 15th – July 19th, 2024. This school will be taught by experienced SWAT Operators from our member agencies who will address various tactical training topics in our region.

Course Topics: 

This class will focus on the basic understanding of SWAT operations to include:

  • Liability Issues
  • Intelligence Gathering / Operational Planning
  • Mechanical Breaching
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Use and Deployment of Distraction Devices / Chemical Munitions
  • Building Clearing
  • Outdoor Operations
  • Combatives Training
  • Rapid Deployment / Rapid Rescue
  • Barricaded Persons
  • Execution of High-Risk Warrants
  • Vehicle Assaults
  • Force on Force Scenarios 

Required Equipment: 

All normal tactical equipment including:

  • BDU or other similar tactical uniform
  • Body Armor
  • Gas Mask
  • Nomex Gloves for flashbang deployments
  • Eye and Ear protection
  • Hat with a brim
  • Pistol and 600 rounds
  • Rifle and 600 rounds
  • 1 flashbang per attendee.

(If you have any questions regarding the required equipment, contact the academy to discuss options). 

Entry Requirements: 

All participants must attend and successfully complete the physical fitness requirements and firearms qualification courses to be accepted into the school. 

Physical Fitness Assessments and Firearms Pre-quals to be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 starting at 9:00 am at the academy. After completing the physical fitness assessments, the officers will travel to the Firearms Range for weapons qualifications.

Physical Fitness Requirements 

  • 1.5 mile run in under 15:00
  • 35 pushups in 1 minute
  • 37 sit-ups in 1 minute

Firearms Pre-qual Requirements 

  • 85% or higher on 50 round Pistol Course
  • 85% or higher on 60 round Patrol Rifle Course
  • Additional Information:


This course is intended for officers who are currently assigned to a tactical team or for agencies without a team to give their officers an opportunity for advanced tactical training. Please note, this is not a marksmanship school. All attendees are expected to be proficient in their shooting and gun handing skills.

  • The registration fee will include all chemical munitions, additional distraction devices and simunitions to be used by the attendee during the training.
  • The training will consist of 12-hour days and will run from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm each day. (60 hours total)
  • The training will be conducted at various training sites throughout the area to include Bristol, Smyth, Washington and Wise Counties.

Course Fee:    

  • $100.00 per officer for members
  • $500.00 per officer for non-members
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