Grand Forks Police Department
122 S. 5th Street
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 701-787-8000
Business hours: M-F, 8 to 5 pm
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Press 3: GF County Jail
701-780-8253 (FAX)

Bicycle Patrol
Bomb Squad
Office of Professional Standards
Police Honor Guard
Service Dog Program
Snowmobile and ATV Patrol

    Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

    Statistics have proven out the fact that the establishment and proper deployment of highly trained, highly skilled police tactical units has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects alike. Injuries, loss of life, continued violence and use of firearms and other weapons of violence have all been shown to be dramatically reduced once tactical units have arrived on the scene of a critical incident. In addition, statistics have also shown that a well managed "team" response to critical incidents will usually result in a safe and successful resolution to these types of incidents.

    Due to these facts, the Grand Forks Police Department established its first "SWAT" or tactical team in the early 1980s using just a handful of officers. Today, the Grand Forks Police Department's "SWAT" or Special Weapons and Tactics Team is comprised of 18 team members. The Special Weapons and Tactics Team is headed up by a Team Leader, Sgt. Bill Macki. SWAT has fifteen operators who fulfill various duties within the team, such as; Sniper, Breacher, Entry, Chemical Munitions, Less-Lethal, etc. Lastly, SWAT has three Tactical Medics from Altru Hospital assigned to the team.

    A long-time goal of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team has been to integrate with officers of other agencies in the area and form a regional tactical team. This goal seems well within reach at this point.

    The Special Weapons and Tactics Team currently is one of only six tactical teams in the state who have met minimum certification standards established by the North Dakota Peace Officers Association's Special Operations Committee. The Grand Forks Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team responds to requests for tactical assistance all over the northeast corner of North Dakota.

    The Special Weapons and Tactics Team trains one ten-hour day a month, and maintains its own certified cadre of instructors in various tactical areas such as; chemical munitions, light sound diversionary devices, specialty impact munitions, etc.

    The Special Weapons and Tactics Team is fortunate to be equipped with modern and up-to-date equipment. The team has access to night vision, IR pole cameras, fiber-optics, micro-wave sensor systems, modern weapon systems and ballistic protection.

    The Special Weapons and Tactics Team responds to and is active in barricaded subject incidents, high risk warrant service, hostage rescue incidents, dignitary protection duty, crowd and riot control situations, outdoor area searches, and any other type of activity where their skill and talents may be exploited.

    Contact Sgt. Bill Macki for more information regarding the Special Weapons and Tactics Team.