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Monte Cervino - Italy
The highest decorated regiment of the Italian Army, the 4th Alpini Parachutist Regiment is an Airborne Ranger unit specialized in mountain combat. To this day it is the only “mountain paratroopers” unit in the world. It is also one of three Special Forces regiments of the Italian Army and has served both in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BSIJ - Romania
The Special Intervention Brigade is an elite unit with national jurisdiction and a mission to intervene whenever Romania’s security is at threat. Handling special and high-risk situations, such as hostage rescue and counter-terrorism operations, the unit carries the name “Vlad Tepes” after the legendary Romanian ruler, “Vlad the Impaler”, the son of Vlad Dracul, also known as “Dracula”…

USMS SOG - United States
On Sept. 24, 2014 the U.S. Marshals Service commemorated its 225th anniversary. As the oldest US federal law enforcement agency, the Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. Within the agency, the Special Operations Group is a specially trained and equipped tactical unit deployed in high-risk and sensitive law enforcement situations including homeland security, national emergencies, domestic crises and natural disasters.

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TEK - Hungary
TEK is the newest (September 2010), the most professional, best financed and well-equipped state agency in Hungary. Under the direct supervision of the Hungarian Ministry of Interior, the Counter Terrorism Centre is tasked with preventing terrorist attacks, solving national and international hostage crises, capturing and arresting dangerous armed criminals, fighting organized crime and protecting the Hungarian government. They are also a member of the Atlas Network, a grouping of the special police units of the 27 states of the European Union.

LASD SEB - United States
The fourth largest local policing agency and the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, or LASD, is home of one of the most experienced and respected SWAT units in the country. The SEB is often looked to by national and international law enforcement agencies for training and advice. Responsible for a territory of 4,752 sq mi, with a population of 3,000,000+, they are also one of the busiest teams in the United States.

GRUMEC - Brazil
From the small island of Mocanguê, in the Rio de Jainero bay, the Brazilian Navy Combat Divers Group can strike anywhere. Whether in the huge Amazon river and its surrounding hostile jungle, or in the oceanic strip of the Brazilian coast, they are ready for any maritime interdiction actions, hostage rescues or facility recovery situations that may arise. They are the tip of the spear of the Brazilian Navy and will play a central security role during the soccer world cup in June and then of the Olympics games in 2016.

The Special Response Team of the ATF was formed to manage the inherent risks associated with the investigation and apprehension of some of the United States most violent criminals. SRT operations involves arrest and search warrants, home invasion investigations, robberies, undercover operations, rural operations, tracking of personnel in rural areas by human and canine operators, high-risk surveillance, quick response to natural disasters and high threat protection detail assignments.
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This issue includes :
- Special Forces Group (Belgium)
- EKO Cobra (Austria)
- Zásahová jednotka (Chech Republic)
- BORTAC (USA)
- NOCS (Italy)
- RCMP ERT (Canada)
SCO19 - UK
SCO19 (Specialist Crime & Operations 19) CTSFO (Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officer) is the special operations unit of London’s Metropolitan Police (MET). This elite cadre of highly-trained police officers are on standby to respond to any terrorist or major crime incident that would occur in London or at a national level.

GEO - SPAIN
The Grupo Especial de Operaciones (Special Operations Group) is the police tactical unit of the Spanish Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (National Police Corps). The GEO is responsible for countering/responding to terrorism and VIP protection duties and but it can also be used in a support role for police operations outside the realm of terrorism. The GEO is part of the national police tactical units of European Union countries network known as “ATLAS”.

BOPE - BRAZIL
In the front line of local violent crime fighting in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, BOPE is a highly experienced and motivated special unit of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State (PMERJ) whose infamous “skull” badge is respected and feared. Due to the specific nature of crime in favelas, BOPE have an extensive and sough after experience in urban warfare and progression in confined and restricted environments.