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NYPD/NYFD Task Force Helps Haitian Relief Effort

January 18, 2010
New York Task Force One is managed by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and is equipped with the latest technology and equipment, trained to respond to catastrophic events involving the collapse of heavy steel and concrete.
The Back-Up Entry Tool prevents an apartment door from locking so that back-up officers can arrive more quickly.

Tool Invented by Officer Allows Back-Up to Respond More Rapidly

January 15, 2010
Invented by a Chicago Police Officer, the B.E.T. allows an officer to hold a locking entry door at a multi-unit building open so that back-up officers can enter without having to be buzzed in.

Oakland SWAT Gets Additional Review

January 13, 2010
The Oakland Police Department's SWAT unit will get an additional third-party review, following a Board of Inquiry report that harshly criticized its handling of a desperate parolee's killing of four officers in March.

Minneapolis SWAT Officer Charged In Bank Robberies

January 8, 2010
Police have charged a Minneapolis SWAT officer, who may be connected with as many as a dozen bank robberies during the past two weeks.

Probe: Missteps Led to Oakland Police Killings

January 7, 2010
An independent report on the March 2009 slayings of four Oakland police officers released Wednesday concluded that two SWAT team members lost their lives in a poorly planned "ad hoc" raid in search of the killer that should have been called off.

Oakland Police Arrest Two, Seek One After Chase and Neighborhood Lockdown

December 29, 2009
Two teenagers were arrested, a third released, and a fourth is still being sought after a police chase over a stolen car ended in a crash and the possible firing of a gun at officers Monday night in Oakland, Calif., authorities said.

15 Officers Shot Suicidal Dallas-Area Robbery Suspect

December 29, 2009
Fifteen police officers shot at a robbery suspect who was killed Sunday night in Pleasant Grove after he refused to drop a gun and told his mother by phone he wanted to die, police said.

Federal Judges Set Standard for TASER Use, Specify Believable Threat

December 29, 2009
Police need reasons to believe a suspect is dangerous before firing a TASER and can't use their stun gun simply because the person is disobeying orders or acting erratically, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday.

Washington State Reps Seek Ban on Semi-Auto Military-Style Rifles

December 17, 2009
The bill is backed by Seattle's police department, spokeswoman Renee Witt said. Also pushing it is Washington Ceasefire, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce gun violence. The group plans a news conference today to announce the proposal.

Calif. Tactical Unit Kills Bank Robber Who Took Hostages And Shot Customers

December 16, 2009
The shooting of the 47-year-old man by Shasta County sheriff's SWAT deputies ended a three-hour stand-off that involved the suspect dragging a female hostage into the bank vault.
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