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Arm patch of Thunder Squad
|Active||1985 - Present|
|Branch||National Police Agency, ROC (Taiwan)|
|Role||Domestic Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement|
|Part of||Respective County/Municipality-level police departments|
Thunder Squad (Chinese : 霹靂 小組 ; pinyin :Pīlì Xiǎozǔ) is a special services unit of Taiwan's National Police Agency, a highly trained SWAT counter-terrorism Special Forces tactical unit established in 1985 to conduct high-risk arrests and other dangerous law enforcement duties. This 200 man group is organized into small four-man elements, three of which make up an operating group.
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Thunder Squad is also the name given to the SWAT tactical units of the county level police departments in the ROC (Taiwan).
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