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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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SWAT: Yesterday, Today…Tomorrow?  

February 6, 2008

Cash-strapped agencies cannot afford larger SWAT teams. As a result, today we expect rapid intervention by first responders, who are oftentimes trained by SWAT, and must meet the brunt of the challenge.

Where is SWAT Heading?  

January 23, 2008

Response to high-risk situations is like emergency medical response. Both require similar levels of training, equipment, and specialty.

Readers Focus on Active Shooter Response by SWAT and Patrol  

January 23, 2008

Not surprisingly, most responses dealt with the issue of how active shooters have changed the roles of both patrol and SWAT. Patrol cannot afford to wait for SWAT while innocent people are dying. Columbine was the "wake-up call" that changed everything.

Call for Comments  

January 9, 2008
I'd like to hear your thoughts, views, and opinions about SWAT in general, and your agency's team in particular.
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Happy New Year! Let's Make It Better than Last Year  

January 3, 2008

Learn from the past, live in the present, look to the future.

As we transition from 2007 to 2008, this wise saying rings truer than ever.

Sometimes Home for the Holidays  

December 27, 2007

I understand how it feels having to work on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's, patrolling and responding to calls from people not enjoying their holidays with their families. To all who serve and protect the rest of us, we salute you. 

SWAT Operations: Who’s in Charge—Part 2  

December 18, 2007

Micromanaging SWAT is a challenge for many teams, and sometimes the solution is to outlast the micromanagers. I recall the frustration of one SWAT commander over his chief’s micromanaging. The solution arrived when the chief finally retired, and the SWAT commander became the new chief.
 

Who's In Charge?  

December 13, 2007

At many agencies SWAT isn't allowed to do anything "aggressive" without direct authorization from the chief, sheriff, or field commander. Additionally, any and all SWAT tactics must be pre-approved before being implemented. To me, this sounds like a big step backward.

The Hammer and the Anvil  Law Enforcement Only

December 6, 2007
The recent shooting of a Dallas SWAT lieutenant on cover/containment during a drug raid serves as a reminder of the many dangers of cover/containment. Often overshadowed by its more "glamorous" entry counterpart, cover/containment is essential to successful SWAT operations, especially raids and searches.

Make Yours a Winning Team  

November 28, 2007

Have you noticed how certain teams—military, police, or sports—are consistent winners, year after year? What is the secret to their longterm success? Have they discovered a secret fountain of success or some magic formula? Whatever their secrets, there are lessons the rest of us can learn from their success.

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