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Tactical Texting Ends Utah Hostage Standoff

November 28, 2012
SWAT officers with the Roy (Utah) Police Department ended a hostage standoff late Tuesday by sending a series of text messages to the suspect using another man's cell phone.

St. Louis County Acquires SWAT Vehicle, Truck

November 28, 2012
The St. Louis County (Mo.) Police Department acquired a Lenco Bearcat and Farber equipment truck to provide a regional resource for tactical officers.
<p>Photo courtesy of Safariland.</p>

Safariland Introduces Protech Ballistic Helmet System

November 8, 2012
Safariland has introduced the Protech R2S system (Ratchet Retention Suspension System) for Protech ballistic helmets to provide better stability on an officer's head.
<p>Logo courtesy of Streamlight.</p>

Streamlight Sponsors Team In SWAT Reality Show

November 8, 2012
Streamlight Inc. will sponsor the Blue Team in Outdoor Channel's "Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T. (ETU)" reality series, scheduled to premiere at 9 p.m. on Jan. 9.
<p>Screenshot via Bounce Imaging.</p>

Tactical 'Bounce' Camera Scouts Out Unseen Hazards

October 30, 2012
A "bouncy-ball" camera being developed by a Massachusetts company would help SWAT officers uncover hidden threats before entering a dangerous situation.

Man Shot After 5-Hour Standoff In Fort Worth

October 30, 2012
A man who had threatened his family and pointed a weapon at responding officers was shot by a Fort Worth Police Department SWAT operator after a five-hour standoff.

Fla. SWAT Team Called Out To Deputy's Home

October 24, 2012
The Putnam County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office SWAT team was called out over the weekend to detain a drunken sheriff's deputy upset about a break-up, authorities say.
<p>Photo courtesy of ARA.</p>

ARA Pointman Tactical Robot Survives Four Point Blank Shotgun Blasts

October 19, 2012
An Applied Research Associates' Pointman tactical robot was hit four times by 12-gauge shotgun shells at close range during a Bellevue (Neb.) Police Department SWAT callout, and survived the encounter, according to the company.
<p>Photo courtesy of Shieldspike.</p>

Shieldspike Introduces Break-and-Rake Tool with Scout Mount

October 19, 2012
Shieldspike has introduced the Hammerspike XL break and rake tool with Scout Mount attachment that enables tactical teams to convert it into a pole camera.

Mich. Law Targets 'Swatting' Prank

October 17, 2012
Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation targeting "swatting," where pranksters make 911 calls that result in tactical units responding to fake emergencies.
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