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Putting a Good Bite into K-9 Deployment  

April 1, 1999

As the law enforcement community is well aware, police service dogs have proven to be a valuable tool to law enforcement over the last 15 to 20 years. The key word to this statement is "tool." Many SWAT's personnel are not aware of their K-9's capabilities in certain situations and some of the handlers have never been trained in SWAT tactics.

COVER PHOTO: TERRI CAVOLI (© 1999)

Genesis of a Sports Riot  

June 1, 1998

Any department, in any city in the United States, either has experienced or may experience a situation when otherwise law-abiding citizens become lawless, out-of-control fans. Such a circumstance, if not properly prepared for, can be a nightmare for local law enforcement.

SWAT's Small-Town Question  

April 1, 1998

Whether you work for a metropolitan police department with thousands of officers or small-town agency with only a handful of personel, an incident requiring the response of a special weapons team can happen in your town. How prepared are you and your agency?

SWAT Teams Need Strong Leadership  

April 1, 1998

No police department would ever consider sending police officers onto the street without proper training or equipment to handle routine calls.  Without hesitation, police department send their officers to state-of-the-art equipment. This is equally true when it comes to training and equipping high-risk or specialty units such as SWAT teams, gang units, repeat offender units and emergency response teams.

The Birth and Evolution of the SWAT Unit  

April 1, 1997

It wasn't the tower sniper incident alone, however, that finally convinced America's police departments that SWAT teams were needed. Other events occuring across the country also had their breath.

LAPD Faces Urban Warfare In North Hollywood Bank Shoot-Out  

April 1, 1997

Imagine yourself working uniformed patrol at 9:15 a.m. on a warm sunny day and you suddenly find yourself in Beirut, Bosnia, or back in the Mekong Delta. You go from thinking about where you'll stop for the next cup of coffee, to having your black-and-white shot up with full automatic AK-47 rounds.

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