BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW
The world's first SWAT unit was set up by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1968 to carry out operations too dangerous or specialized for ordinary officers.
Typical SWAT operations include hostage rescue, counter-terrorism and tackling heavily armed suspects—work that requires an array of weapons including submachine guns, assault rifles, stun grenades and sniper rifles.
The idea originally came from an LAPD officer called John Nelson. In the wake of 1965's Watts race riots, Nelson realized that a small squad of highly trained officers, modeled after the US Marines' reconnaisance units, would be more effective in similar situations than large numbers of regular cops.rnFormed in 1968, the LAPD's SWAT unit was originally known as the "Special Weapons Assault Team" but it was decided that this sounded too militaristic and a new acronym, "Special Weapons And Tactics", was adopted—a name that's since been copied by police units around the world.
MORE ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE
Your group of five will enjoy the rare opportunity to become a member of a special response unit for a day, learning how to handle weapons, defend your team against attack & take out the bad guys from the former commander of an international anti-terrorism unit!
This thrilling five-to-six-hour experience teaches you and four of your friends the basic techniques needed to survive a real life mission in the firing line, and ends with a series of authentic training exercises based on real-world scenarios. For the session, your team of five will be provided with between 20 and 30 kilograms of protective equipment each plus clothing, including bulletproof jackets, helmets, knee and elbow protection, and masks, plus short- and long-range weapons.
To begin with, you'll be given an introductory briefing and shown an instructional video. Next comes the fun part, beginning with an introduction to various SWAT team tactics and techniques involving groups and individuals. You'll also learn shooting positions, first aid and the special hand and arm signals SWAT teams use to communicate with each other in the field without alerting their target to their presence. Finally, your team will put your newly learned skills into practice, taking part in a range of authentic training scenarios—including the chance to visit a firing range and test a variety of weapons for real including a pump action shotgun, AK47 and M16!
This offer is unsuitable for people with heart/circulation problems and only available to people aged 18 or over. Spectators not permitted.
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