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Origins of SWAT  

May 1, 2003

SWAT teams have been part of the capabilities of police agencies since 1967 when the Los Angeles Police Department organized its special weapons and tactics unit to respond to critical incidents.

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TREXPO West: Tactical Tools  

May 1, 2003

The motto of the Law Enforcement Tactical Response Show & Conference (TREXPO) is, "Well armed, well prepared, and well informed."

Outgunned—The Politics of Being Outgunned  

March 1, 2003

One of the problems that all SWAT teams and all police departments face is that their need for weaponry or equipment conflicts with their local governments' desire to avoid the appearance of "heavy-handed" law enforcement.

Unleashing the Warrior Spirit  

March 1, 2003

What about learning how to become the aggressor? That's right, you need to know how to become the attacker and let your assailant react to you.

The Stuff of Life  

March 1, 2003

It may seem obvious to everyone but old-fashioned football coaches, drill sergeants, and police academy PT instructors, but people exerting themselves in the hot sun need water. You need water for your body to function normally, and therefore to do your job.

Starting from Scratch  

March 1, 2003

Founding a police department is a challenge that not many people would want to assume. But that's the task that faced the civic leaders of Federal Way, Washington.

How to...Start a SWAT Team  

March 1, 2003

Somewhere between the images, the perceptions, and accusations lies a truth: If ever an entity embodied the philosophy of "hope for the best, but plan for the worst," it is the SWAT unit.

Battlefield Medicine  

March 1, 2003

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

Outgunned  

March 1, 2003

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

Upon impact, your body should be in the PFL position so you can roll safely on your side.

Falling Down on the Job  

February 1, 2003

Using training including how to fall properly without injury, a French special ops unit successfully completed a dynamic hostage rescue.

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