SWAT Team Leader Course



Course Overview

This 24-hour course includes approximately 50% practical field exercises and scenario-based training. The focus of the scenario training is practicing the function and role of the TL in planning, decision making, team management, and contingency planning and execution, along with other critical aspects for resolving high stress critical incidents.

This is an intensive critical thinking and practical application class, with real time decision-making. You won’t be sitting around wondering when they will refill the coffee, or how you will stay awake around 3-4pm. In this course you will have the chance to test run the information you learn during the lectures. There will also be mini projects and class presentations, with several projects performed as field training exercises.

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 practiced as a foundation of all courses

Course Contents

Roles/Responsibilities of Team Leader in:

      Barricade Operations

      High Risk Warrant Service

      Hostage Rescue, crisis/deliberate

Team Logistics and Training Considerations

Deescalation, effective communication


Less Lethal Munitions/Decision-Making

Legal considerations in the SWAT environment

Course projects

Tabletop discussions and critical incident debriefs

Daily Scenario Training

And much more!

We don't do T-shirts


All participants will receive one of the gifts pictured, in addition to useful items we hand out in our other tactical courses.

We also have daily and one weekly raffle, where we give away more gear.

(gifts shown for illustration purposes only. Actual gifts may vary by brand or model)

Course Length


24 Hours


Course Cost


Costs: Per/Attendee, Min=8, Max=20

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

Join Our Newsletter for Monthly Training Insights

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Onyx Training:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.