SWAT Tactical Training for Police & Sheriff Departments | Onyx Training Group


Basic and Advanced Operator

Course Overview

The basic 40-hour course is for new SWAT team members or even officers who want advanced decision-making and tactical knowledge. This class matches strong foundational principles with time-tested proven tactics in the three main critical events most SWAT teams encounter, Barricade operation, High Risk Warrant Service, and Hostage Rescue. Included in the course is in-depth and extensive exposure to less lethal decision-making, tools, and tactics.

The advanced course is for veteran SWAT operators who want additional and perhaps new knowledge in the fundamentals, and additional practice resolving Hostage Rescue problems. In this course we discuss, demonstrate, then practice how the decision-making and tactics used in Barricaded Suspect searches and High-Risk Warrants can be used to supplement the traditional deliberate hostage movement, depending on the situation. This course is dynamic, with the field exercise portion changing speeds, and changing dynamics frequently. This is definitely a "brain on" course. 

These are intensive critical thinking and practical application classes, with real time decision-making. In these courses you will have the chance to test run the information you learn during the lectures. 

The foundation of these courses, as with all Onyx Training courses, is a human-centered, principle based approach to decision making and problem solving. We believe police officers must be competent in their critical thinking and problem solving skills, or they can never be the best version of a guardian they can be for the community they serve.

Deescalation and communication training is a foundation in all our tactical courses


"The Situation Dictates the Tactics"


We Don't Do T-Shirts...

We know T Shirts are great gifts to get from trainings, but you can't prop a door, pull a door, flag your gun barrel for training, take notes, and chalk our your hostage rescue with a T shirt. 

All attendees receive these items for their tactical kit.

Each day of class, we do a raffle to give away more useful gear. 


useful training, useful prizes

Course Contents

Principle-based decision-making and tactics

      Barricade Operations

      High Risk Warrant Service

      Hostage Rescue 

Deescalation, effective communication


Less Lethal Munitions/Decision-Making

Court testimony and report considerations

Tabletop discussions & incident debriefs

Daily Scenario/force on force Training

And much more!



Course Length

40 Hours

Can be 4-5 Days in length, depending on scheduling requirements and specific course hosted

Course Cost


Costs: Per/Attendee, Min=8, MAX=30

Host: 5% off course fee, 1 free spot for each 10 paid

David W.
I had a great time and learned a few things. I thought you hit the right tone with your teaching style, which is perfect for that environment and kept the course moving along and challenging. The build up of the deliberate plan at the end was very good.
5 / 5 stars

Training For Your Community


What works in Big City, USA may not work in Small Town, America. Because of our extensive, national training experience, we can tailor instruction to fit your team, your philosophy, your community. Onyx takes complex tactics and makes them simple to learn and implement.

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