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Bob Parker

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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Blog - SWAT

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How Long is Too Long to Remain in SWAT?   

December 3, 2008

Arbitrary rotation has nothing to do with the job of SWAT itself. Instead, it’s about the—in my opinion, wrong—belief that staying too long in SWAT results in becoming “insular.”

Verbal Commands  

November 26, 2008
Verbal commands very often set the tone for the ultimate outcome of police encounters, including SWAT operations.

Talking Strategy and Tactics   

November 26, 2008
I’m a strong believer that once SWAT takes over a situation, SWAT should determine and carry out the tactics. Period. There are many horror stories where interference and micro managing resulted in bad outcomes and tragedies.

Bulletproofing SWAT  

November 12, 2008

Ballistic protection has a single purpose: keeping YOU alive and injury free so you can accomplish your mission. The way I feel about the protection vs. comfort issue is protection wins every time. Period.

No Excuses: Wear Your Body Armor  

November 7, 2008
I find it inconceivable that in 2008 there are so many police not wearing protective vests. Body armor needs to be considered as standard and essential as the gun, badge, and uniform.

A Tough Year for SWAT Teams  

October 28, 2008
How is your SWAT team doing so far this year? At one extreme, some teams have been called out only a few times this year. Other teams have been called out for hundreds of incidents and operations. Some of these callouts have turned out well, others not so well.

Honor Fallen Officers by Staying Alive  

October 24, 2008

The dangers of our profession range from the obvious—hostage rescue attempts and active shooters—to the hidden—vehicle crashes and physical training. And any one of them can happen to any of us at any time.

Cops, Casualties of an Undeclared War  

October 14, 2008
It is disturbingly clear that despite the many improvements in officer safety, law enforcement remains a deadly dangerous profession.

Active Shooters Can Kill Cops, Too  

October 1, 2008
Every tick of the clock means more victims. The faster the response, the fewer the victims.

SWAT’s Role in the War on Terror   

September 24, 2008
There is plenty that all SWAT teams can and should be doing right now to prepare for the next 9/11. If SWAT doesn’t lead the tactical way, then who will?
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