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Bob Parker

Lt. Robert Parker served with the Omaha (Neb.) PD for 30 years and commanded the Emergency Response Unit. He is responsible for training thousands of law enforcement instructors in NTOA's Patrol Response to Active Shooters courses.



Jose Medina

Jose Medina

Officer Jose Medina is an active member of the Piscataway (N.J.) Police Department's SWAT team and runs Awareness Protective Consultants (Team APC) tactical training.
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One Year After the Oakland Police Murders  

March 30, 2010
For two months after the tragic shootings, OPD SWAT went into "stand down" mode, to regroup and train replacement Sergeants. Oakland is part of Alameda County, so Alameda County's tactical team handled any callouts while the OPD team regrouped. In May 2009, OPD SWAT became operational again and has since handled dozens of missions, successfully.
Image via OregonDOT (Flickr.com).

What Can You Do to Help Your Tactical Team Survive the Recession?  

March 25, 2010
Even with federal stimulus money, many agencies continue to struggle financially. Far fewer new officers are being recruited or hired. Personnel layoffs and demotions are becoming more common. Less equipment and vehicles are being purchased. And more programs are falling into the "nice to have" category, meaning they'll soon be cut out entirely.

Is Your SWAT Team Really Ready?  

March 23, 2010
Two Lenco Bearcat armored rescue vehicles (ARVs) were used to move perimeter personnel farther back and out of the suspect's line of fire. Ultimately as many as 200 officers from many LE agencies responded to the mutual aid calls for assistance. A number of SWAT teams answered the call and worked the inner perimeter.

Can Your SWAT Team Survive the Great Recession?  

March 5, 2010
As a growing number of LE agencies struggle to stay afloat, it's logical that SWAT teams will feel the impact. Expect continuing cutbacks in personnel (especially full-time teams), equipment, training, and even callouts. All will be scrutinized for their "necessity." So what can SWAT do about it?

Ohio Police Must Defend Justifiable OIS  

February 19, 2010
The shooting of the 72-year-old homeowner by Mentor (Ohio) police created an instant storm of community controversy that hasn't been quelled by an investigation calling it justifiable.

Officer Survival 2010: How Can SWAT Prevent Duty Deaths?  

February 2, 2010
So what can SWAT do to help? For the answer, we should look at SWAT's role in diffusing two of the deadliest threats to society in modern times: snipers and active shooters.

The Oakland Police Murders: What We Think We Know  

January 12, 2010
Start with the OPD board of inquiry after-action report and definitely include the OPD radio transmissions from March 21. Follow up on these by reading as many news and LE articles, blogs, commentaries that you can find, especially via the Internet. And if you have access to any "inside intel," that's better yet.
Image via Mike Rosati Photography (Flickr.com).

Oakland SWAT Ambush: After-Action Report  

January 7, 2010
The report details a cascade of mistakes that led to the tragic deaths of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai. It faults the Oakland PD for poor communication, weak command and control, and poor planning.

Live to Fight Another Day  

January 5, 2010
Impossible? Maybe. But zero deaths is our goal and mission that we must strive for each and every day we don the uniform and badge.

SWAT's 2009 Christmas Wish List  

December 23, 2009
What LE administrators need to remember is that even during bad economic times society's protectors also need to be protected. But it's your duty to tell them.
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