Agents Training in Helicopter


When a dangerous suspect in a federal crime is on the run or there’s a crisis requiring FBI attention, we have tools, teams, and tactics at the ready to protect the American people and support the FBI’s law enforcement partners in their own work.

Hostage Rescue Team

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is an elite group of agents who pass a challenging selection process and training course. They deploy in any environment or conditions to respond to hostage situations, barricaded suspects, high-risk arrests, undercover operations, and surveillance operations.

The Hostage Rescue Team: 30 Years of Service

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)—federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit—is a highly trained group of special agents often called upon during the toughest times.

Getting Them to the Fight

Get an interactive look at how the mobility operators within the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team train to get to any location, under any conditions.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team

FBI SWAT agents pass a rigorous fitness and marksmanship process to join the SWAT team.

Once on the team, these agents do difficult and dangerous work, including:

  • storming barricaded buildings
  • breaching locks
  • arresting dangerous suspects
  • rescuing hostages
  • climbing or rappelling in difficult terrain

Because the work is so dangerous, SWAT team members are heavily equipped with pistols, assault and sniper rifles, and shotguns.

Breaking Barriers

A special agent in the San Juan Division is one of just a few African American women in the Bureau’s history to be selected for an FBI SWAT team.

Behavioral Analysis

The FBI uses cutting-edge psychology practices to get inside the minds of criminals. The five Behavioral Analysis Units (BAU) in the FBI work cases ranging from terrorism to cybercrime to violent crimes against children. One unit is dedicated to research, strategy, and instruction. BAU experts provide on-site support in complex investigations, and they offer expertise and consultations on new, active, and cold cases.

Some of the services BAU offers include:

  • Crime analysis
  • Profiles of unknown offenders
  • Investigative suggestions
  • Threat assessments
  • Interview strategies
  • Expert testimony
  • Critical incident analysis

Tactical Helicopters

Sometimes FBI investigations take flight. When an investigator needs to make an arrest in difficult terrain, conduct a medical evacuation, or track a suspect’s vehicle, FBI helicopter pilots answer the call.

These pilots are trained to fly in difficult environments and weather conditions.

Technical Hazards Response

The FBI’s technical hazards team makes sure the FBI can access complex, dangerous crime scenes. These professionals ensure the health and safety of these scenes and make sure responders can gather evidence safely. They help the FBI work treacherous or difficult-to-access crime scenes like those in rocky terrain or even under water.