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For the 3D Universe counterpart, see SWAT.
"Let's tighten the noose!"
―NOOSE agents battling the player in Grand Theft Auto V.

The National Office of Security Enforcement (NOOSE) is a law enforcement agency in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing in all of the HD Universe games.


The NOOSE is based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams.

The NOOSE replaces the SWAT from previous games.

Grand Theft Auto IV


An early artwork showing a NOOSE Tactical Response Unit in action. Note they are using M16A1-style rifles.

The NOOSE is called upon to assist the police when the player has a wanted level of at least three stars or four stars in single-player and in any multiplayer mode (excluding Cops 'n' Crooks). There are two known divisions:

  • The first one is the NOOSE Patriotism And Immigration Authority, responsible for keeping the city from illegal immigrants. Their agents are the same as the LCPD and as the ASP (only in single player) in behavior, weapons, appearance and mannerisms.
  • The second one is the NOOSE Tactical Response Unit, providing heavily-armed police responses. Their agents are middle-aged Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic officers, equipped with Body Armor to withstand more gunfire before going down. TRU agents are the only units wearing specialized gear, consisting of a dark grey uniform with the ballistic armor, displaying "POLICE" on the front right and "N.O.O.S.E." on the back. Numerous protective accessories can be seen as well, being protective caps on their elbows and knees, along with layers on their arms displaying the NOOSE logo. NOOSE agents may be seen wearing different combinations of headgear (balaclava, gas mask, helmets, goggles on their faces or over the helmets), although they may sometimes appear with no headgear. Similarly to FIB agents, TRU officers are equipped with Body Armor, allowing them to withstand more gunfire before going down.

In Multiplayer, NOOSE is the main rival force during Hangman's NOOSE, in which players must escort Kenny Petrovic from the airport to Charge Island.

In The Lost and Damned's Multiplayer game mode, Witness Protection, a team of players take charge of the NOOSE Team to protect (and escort) the Prison Bus and its occupants to a few police stations in Liberty City. This game mode is the only time players work for the NOOSE Team (as the NOOSE Team normally attacks players in almost all of their appearances).

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

NOOSE Tactical Response Unit officers are deployed when the player has a three-star wanted level, they chase the player in Enforcers (which each one deploys only on unit). They will shot Huang with their Micro SMG.

Their agents always wear blue tactic helmets and equipment with a black T-shirt.

Grand Theft Auto V

The NOOSE returns in Grand Theft Auto V, although only as Tactical Response Unit officers. They begin to assist the LSPD when the player has a wanted level of three stars and above.

On ground, NOOSE agents are dispatched in FIB Grangers (in Los Santos) or Sheriff SUVs (in Blaine County), with two agents hanging off the side of the SUV and using their pistols to shoot the player at four stars. If the player barricades himself in a building, or tight cover, the agents will begin to use Tear Gas to force them out; they also use gas on streets, and in open spaces.

In the air, NOOSE agents will begin to appear in Police Maverick helicopters that will be sent after the player at three stars (they will shoot at the player using Carbine Rifles), and at four stars, some helicopters may carry four NOOSE members who will rappel down to the ground, or the helicopter may land and they will get out on the ground.

All NOOSE members wear balaclavas, goggles and tactical helmets, along with blue and black uniforms in addition to their ballistic armor. They are usually African-American, Hispanic, or Caucasian.

Basic Behavior

  • After the suspect is killed or arrested, the NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents will remain in the combat area for at least 5 minutes. This is the same as in reality, as SWAT officers and other law enforcement officers are trained to remain at crime scenes in case there is another potentially dangerous suspect.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents are well protected with Body Armour and do not lose health very quickly. Even if they wear helmets, a single headshot will instantly kill them like all pedestrians, however. It is the same thing with the FIB agents, but unlike the NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents, they do not wear helmets. (However, it is notable that the pilots of the Police Mavericks used by NOOSE in shootouts sometimes do not wear helmets).
    • In Grand Theft Auto V, NOOSE agents are especially vulnerable on their legs, as any gunshot to the legs will result in them dying, either instantly or via blood loss. The same thing can occur with LSPD/LSSD officers.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents always use good cover (behind cars, behind walls, etc.)
    • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents will also hide in unseen places to capture the suspect when they are off guard.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents always move together as a unit and pursue the player more aggressively than LCPD officers on foot.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents are usually in a crouched position, making it harder to get a headshot.
  • Like FIB agents, Tactical Response Unit agents will disappear off camera when the player has no Wanted Level.
  • When firing their weapons, NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents always scream or show anger until they stop firing.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit agents can drag the player out of their escape vehicle exposing the player to law enforcement.
  • Like the LCPD and the FIB, NOOSE officers in GTA IV can make use of civilian vehicles when there are no available police cars. Similarly, they may get inside other police cars driven by an officer from the aforementioned agencies.

Employees and Associates

  • Mitch † - Officer seen escorting a convoy. Killed in an ambush.
  • Jeff † - Officer seen escorting a convoy. Killed in an ambush.

Image Gallery



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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V and Online


Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V & Online

NOOSE Stations

Main article: Police Stations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • A noose is a type of self-tightening knot, most commonly known for the Hangman's knot used in public hangings. A reference to the Hangman's knot is depicted on the eagle's shield within the NOOSE seal, also, there is a multiplayer mode named "Hangman's NOOSE". There is also an idiom, "to tighten the noose on [subject of sentence]", which means to enforce or clamp down on incorrect or illegal behavior, fitting the organization's role as law enforcers.
  • The NOOSE seal is a combination of the seals of the U.S Department Of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. The primary design (the color scheme, the border and the eagle) is based on the Department of Homeland Security seal while the shield and key the eagle is holding is similar to the National Security Agency's seal.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the player throws a grenade under or near a NOOSE Enforcer, it will not even try to move away from that area, as normal police cars would.
  • NOOSE Tactical Response Unit peds are programmed to remain in a crouched position. This can be proven by spawning NOOSE TRU agents using trainers. However, NOOSE helicopter pilots can walk freely without crouching.
  • A NOOSE poster can be seen around Liberty City; it shows a Hispanic pedestrian with a Pistol in his pants. The Hispanic pedestrian is also wearing a shirt bearing the NOOSE logo. His face bears strong resemblance to the Hispanic NOOSE TRU agents.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • NOOSE drive more aggressively than the LSPD or the LSSD, more actively ramming into the player's vehicle. This will often result in car crashes, or the two agents hanging on the side getting knocked off the vehicle.
  • In the enhanced version, the NOOSE agents' helmet design was changed. The goggles, which are no longer worn, are now on the helmet.
  • In the enhanced version, NOOSE agents' helmets are considered props, which can be knocked off. As a side effect of this change, NOOSE appearing in missions often do not have helmets.
  • NOOSE Agents will sometimes counter a melee attack, knocking over the attacker and shooting them while they are down.
  • The uniforms used by the crew during the Casino Heist as their disguises have "N.O.O.S.E." stamped on the back and chest, instead of "POLICE".
  • The FIB tactical team agents seen in the mission The Wrap Up are essentially res-skinned NOOSE agents. In fact, killing them count towards the "number of NOOSE agents killed" in the statistics.
  • The NOOSE employs Gruppe Sechs guards, as they can be seen guarding the NOOSE headquarters and the server farm inside.
  • In Heist Prep: Hacking Device (NOOSE HQ mission variant) Lester Crest refers to an IAA ped model as a NOOSE agent.

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