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Blog - SWAT - February 2009

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SWAT Raids and Searches Part Five: The Hit  Law Enforcement Only

February 26, 2009

Dynamic entries depend on “surprise, shock, and speed” and you go to the suspects. With deliberate entries like “surround and callout” the suspects come to you. Knock and announce requirements vary for each jurisdiction and must be followed.

SWAT Raids and Searches Part Four: Containment and Cover  Law Enforcement Only

February 18, 2009

Remember Murphy's Law. Unexpected obstacles, dogs, darkness, etc., can throw off even the best-laid plans. Effective perimeters don't happen by accident. They require tactics, planning, and precision coordination.

SWAT Raids and Searches Part Three: Staging and Target Approaches  Law Enforcement Only

February 18, 2009

Knowing the route is critical. Some years ago I participated in a major raid where the lead vehicle had trouble finding the target because they’d never seen it, and darkness obscured the address.

SWAT Raids and Searches Part Two: Search and Raid Preparations  Law Enforcement Only

February 4, 2009

Preparation for searches and raids starts long before SWAT is ever requested. It begins with deciding which warrants service SWAT will do. Some teams handle all of their agency’s raids, while others only handle the highest risk. My guess is that the majority of SWAT teams fall somewhere in between.

SWAT Raids and Searches—Part One  Law Enforcement Only

February 4, 2009

It could be said that a raid is a raid and a search is a search. However, that would be entirely wrong. The raid and search techniques and tactics of patrol officers differ from those of detectives. And the techniques and tactics of SWAT raids and searches are substantially different from those of both patrol officers and detectives.

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