For the vehicle sharing the same name, see S.W.A.T. (vehicle).
For the HD Universe counterpart, see National Office of Security Enforcement.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) are tactical units of many law-enforcement agencies featured in the Grand Theft Auto series. They first appeared in Grand Theft Auto 2, and they appeared in every 3D Universe game.


The SWAT is the second level of law enforcement that pursues the player. They appear once the player has reached a three-star wanted level.

SWAT officers in Grand Theft Auto III wear a Gen X helmet and goggles on top in case of fogging during tear gas release like a real life S.W.A.T. team.

They wear black sunglasses and turquoise coloured clothing. Their vests are blue and the helmets have "POLICE" printed on the front.

SWAT officers in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City wear dark blue clothing with a tactical vest and kneepads. They also have a blue helmet and a mask covering their face. SWAT Team members in GTA: Vice City wield the Uzi 9mm.

SWAT officers in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas have a very dark blue appearance and wear a helmet with goggles, a mask and a tactical vest with "POLICE" decals on the front and back. GTA: San Andreas SWAT Officers also have kneepads and a holster containing a Glock pistol, though the Glock is never used in the game and is only seen in cutscenes.


Once the player has gained a three-star wanted level, they will rappel down from the police helicopters, and at a four-star level they will chase the player in their vans. They will also deploy spike strips to slow the player down. They will be deployed out of the helicopters by means of grappling, but only four at a time. Only in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories will they attack the player while stationed in a roadblock. They are also well armored. Their vans are heavy, and are just a little slower than the Police Car. SWAT Teams always seem to aim for the player's tires and blow them out, making it extremely difficult to escape.

However, the dialogue in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas suggests that the SWAT Officers are quite unprofessional. This is reinforced when the officers make quotes such as "Ouch, rope burning my hands", when they are roping from a chopper.

VCPD Crime Tree Record


We are currently investigating allegations of corruption within rogue SWAT units in Vice City. Bribery thought to be rife. Remember to make sure this is covered up effectively to avoid voter dissatisfaction.




Grand Theft Auto 2

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories


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  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, there are some missions where SWAT team members use MP5s instead of Micro SMGs. However, the actual SWAT members that pursue players when they have wanted levels use Micro SMGs, and the MP5 is saved for the FBI.
  • Despite wearing helmets, SWAT Officers will die instantly if the player shoots them in the head.
  • Despite being an elite unit, SWAT Officers in GTA: San Andreas hold their weapons sideways when firing, similar to that of the gang members in the game.
  • In the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Xbox trailer, one of the SWAT members had a Golden Micro SMG.
  • The S.W.A.T. tank is only used by the SWAT once.

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