Revere Police Department
Special Operations Unit
400 Revere Beach Pkwy
Revere, MA 02151
Lt. Carl Ruggiero
Special Operations Unit (S.O.U.)
The mission of the Revere Police Department's Special Operations Unit (SOU) is to maintain a team of highly-trained officers who are prepared and equipped to resolve critical incidents which go beyond the scope of normal police operations. Commonly known as a SWAT team, the SOU's primary objective is to save lives by resolving critical incidents with decisiveness and precision. Utilizing a variety of specialized tools, weapons, and team-based tactics SOU is prepared to respond to any threat facing Revere.
Team members are selected from the ranks of the department and serve on SOU as a collateral duty in addition to their regular assignments. SOU Team members must stay in excellent physical condition and must demonstrate superior marksmanship. After an intense selection process, officers must successfully complete a two-week SWAT Academy prior to deployment. To maintain their fitness and skills, the SOU Team trains once a month on a variety of weapons and tactics. Each member must pass quarterly qualifications on all weapons. The team must also pass a quaterly fitness test. The SOU fitness standards consists of the following (NOTE: all requiremnts are to be completed while wearing full tactical gear, including tactical footwear, and weapons)
The SOU Team has always considered the safety of students in Revere to be extremely important. Being the first unit to conduct and train RPD Officers in Active Shooter Training, the SOU continues to routinely train in area schools. Following the incidents in Newtown, CT, the SOU, has been in constant contact with Revere School supervisors to assure that they are ready for any instance that may come.
More recently, the SOU has been featured in the media as one of the SWAT Teams that responded to Boston to assist in the Marathon Day Bombings and was responsible for the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown as part of a joint effort with the 30 members of the North metro SWAT team. Being a highly trained unit, the SOU is vital to responding to dangerous emergency situations. To read a recollection of events of the day, see an interview and full article here.