DMP (Dhaka Metropolitan Police) SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) is an elite tactical unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police. They operated under the Detective Branch of DMP.
The manpower size of the DMP SWAT is estimated to be in the region of less than a thousand personnel. Though they operate under the DMP they can be called to perform their duties in any part of Bangladesh.
They are considered to be the most highly trained and best equipped SWAT/counter-terrorism unit in the South Asian region according to their American trainers.
The force is based in the Detective Branch Headquarters located in Minto Road, Dhaka.
- Hostage rescue.
- Crime suppression.
- Perimeter security against snipers for visiting dignitaries.
- Providing superior assault firepower in certain situations, e.g. barricaded suspects.
- Rescuing officers and citizens captured or endangered by gunfire.
- Countering terrorist operations in Bangladeshi cities.
- Resolve high-risk situations with a minimum loss of life, injury or property damage.
- Resolve situations involving barricaded subjects, (specifically covered by a Hostage Barricade Team).
- Stabilise situations involving high-risk suicidal subjects.
- Provide assistance on drug raids, arrest warrant and search warrant service.
- Provide additional security at special events.
- Stabilising dangerous situations dealing with violent criminals (such as serial killers or gangs).
Basic training for the DMP SWAT personnel is conducted locally in Dhaka and Tangail. SWAT members are sent to the North Carolina based Blackwater Training Academy, United States for six weeks advanced training after completion of the basic local training. US agencies such as the FBI, US Police and US Army provide training locally also.
In addition DMP SWAT has trained with a South Korean counter-terrorist unit too.
The DMP SWAT is equipped with the latest weapons including SR-25 Sniper Rifle (.308 cal), M4 Carbines, Colt 9mm submachine guns, Remington 870 shotguns, Glock 17 pistols and other typical weapons associated with Western SWAT teams.
Usually SWAT members are transported by soft skin Toyota Hilux utility vehicles. Command vehicles and APCs are also used during operations. There are plans to procure Humvees as well.
Police helicopters provide air transportation for SWAT for operations and aerial insertions via rappelling or fast-roping.