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August 07, 2008  | 

Consider this your opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions about SWAT with a large law enforcement audience. Robert O'Brien wants your ideas, thoughts, and opinions to lead to an open dialogue about SWAT on the SWAT Channel. 

It’s high time for us to share what we really think about SWAT, about our strategies and tactics, and about how the brass sees us.

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ringrose4 @ 8/7/2008 8:23 PM

Why does it seem that whenever someone make a SWAT team,do they automatically know how to do the "SWAT Nod" with their old school Oakley sunglasses on. Is that part of the physical agility?

PUNISHER @ 8/11/2008 9:18 PM

SWAT varies from town to city to rural to state to yadda yadda yadda. Most have their way of operating and have their guidelines on how to handle missions and given situations. I've found some of the most successful and best teams and groups are those that do not flaunt their prowess or abilities. Those teams that train together and know what and where the others on the team are doing. The trend is slowly (albeit painfully slow in some areas) going toward a more "SWAT" trained and oriented patrol officer with similar tactics and operating tactics for the everyday beat cop. School shootings, critical incidents, and "run of the mill" domestic fights or incidents can be and are being, handled with SWAT tactics and operations in mind. First responders are no longer perimeter establishment people awaiting the "gods of war" to show and handle the problem. First responders are tasked with knowing basic SWAT tactics and techniques on building clearing, entry, two and three person movement, and even first aide and response. Training across the board needs to envelope these tactics to ALL officers, including brass, so that everyone is on the same page and knows without a doubt, this is what I need to do and this is how others are going to respond. Granted, SWAT is still a much needed entity and the best and most dedicated need to be wearing the helmets and have the best tools. More universal training needs to be maintained for today's ever rising violence in crimes and incidents. That is all...carry on.

Cordle, Dave @ 12/5/2011 3:05 PM

I am trying to locate a Ronald O'Brien, former Portsmouth, VA SWAT Team Member on an important matter. If you know how to reach him would you ask him to email or call me 410-320-0301. Thanks.

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