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Special Operations Unit (SOU)

Revere Police Department
Special Operations Unit
400 Revere Beach Pkwy
Revere, MA 02151


Police officers search house to house for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in a neighborhood of Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013. Black Hawk helicopters and heavily armed police descended on a Boston suburb Friday in a massive search for an ethnic Chechen suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, hours after his brother was killed by police in a late-night shootout. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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)

  • 20160115_092806_resizedOne-mile run within 12 minutes
  • 60 yard dash within 15 seconds while carrying a battering ram and wearing a gas mask
  • 30 yard low crawl within 60 seconds while wearing a gas mask
  • Navigate over a six foot fence within 10 seconds
  • Five vertical raises (pull-ups)
  • Five vertical pushes (dips)
  • Run up eight flights of stairs (four floors) within 30 seconds while carrying a battering ram
  • Move an adult male twenty yards within 40 seconds (Downed Officer Drill)

The SOU Team routinely trains in area schools.  Pictured on this page is the most recent training exercise:  A gunmen inside the The Beachmont School

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