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Also by Robert O'Brien

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Cops, Casualties of an Undeclared War

October 14, 2008
It is disturbingly clear that despite the many improvements in officer safety, law enforcement remains a deadly dangerous profession.

Active Shooters Can Kill Cops, Too

October 1, 2008
Every tick of the clock means more victims. The faster the response, the fewer the victims.

SWAT’s Role in the War on Terror

September 24, 2008
There is plenty that all SWAT teams can and should be doing right now to prepare for the next 9/11. If SWAT doesn’t lead the tactical way, then who will?

Another School Year, Another School Shooting

September 12, 2008
With the school year barely begun, there has already been another school shooting to report. This time, at South High School in Willoughby, Ohio. Fortunately, this time, no one was shot. However, the close call sent shockwaves of fear throughout this suburban Cleveland community.

Prove SWAT's Necessity to Your Agency

September 12, 2008

For the first time in its 40-year history, SWAT isn't always the answer for what are clearly dangerous, high-risk situations. Some even question if there's any need for SWAT at all.

SWAT and Patrol Grow Closer

September 3, 2008

The active shooter track courses I sat in on at TREXPO East indicate active shooter strategy continues to evolve.

SWAT Teams Take Cues from LAPD

September 3, 2008

Whether you're a SWAT commander, supervisor, team leader, or operator. Whether you're at the front, middle, or back end of your career. Whether you're a current, former, or aspiring SWAT member. Every single one of you has a stake in what happens within SWAT.

Get Ready for Riots

August 20, 2008

Despite the many advancements and improvements in police riot response, major riots remain among the most devastating and dangerous events any city and its police force can face. When it comes to riots, it’s far better to prevent them than to cure them. However, that’s not always possible, and the reality is police must always be prepared and capable of controlling riots with rapid, effective police response.

Sound Off About SWAT

August 6, 2008

Consider this your opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions about SWAT with a large law enforcement audience. I want your ideas, thoughts, and opinions to lead to an open dialogue about SWAT. 

A Tale of Two SWAT Shootings

August 5, 2008

While the vast majority of SWAT operations are resolved peacefully, a few end in violence. What follows are two tales of tragic SWAT-involved incidents: one in upstate New York and the other in Lima, Ohio. Details of both incidents come from published news reports.

The 40th Anniversary of the Glenville Riot and Shootout

July 23, 2008
It's rare to receive a formal invitation to remember a shootout and riot. But that's what participants, like myself, received for this year's 40th anniversary commemoration of the Glenville Shootout and Riot.

2008 Officer Survival Midterm Report

July 22, 2008

The preliminary 2008 midterm report on U.S. law enforcement deaths by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund shows a significant, 41 percent, reduction compared to the same period in 2007—the lowest total in more than four decades. On the surface, this is very good news for us—the fewer police deaths the better. But does this mean that police work is 40 percent safer in 2008?

The Power of the Team

July 9, 2008

The magnetism of the team is so powerful that those who miss the "big one" for any reason will often feel badly about it for many years.

Recovery and Recuperation

July 7, 2008

Law enforcement is replete with stories of true warriors whose will to prevail often defies even the most daunting odds.

Terror and Tragedy in Turlock

June 18, 2008

The pilot made a skillful, night emergency landing as closely as possible in a field. It was a cow pasture separated from the road by a daunting obstacle electrified, barbed wire fencing.
Immediately upon landing, the Modesto officer sprinted 20 yards to the fence – commanding the suspect to cease his brutal attack against the helpless baby. The suspect’s response was to say “I’m not going to prison.” He raised his middle finger to the officer and continued kicking and stomping the

Active Shooters and SWAT

June 11, 2008
In Columbine’s wake, the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) developed the rapid deployment first-responder team tactic currently in use throughout the nation. But in many, if not most, departments, officers from the SWAT team conduct the active shooter training program.

Active Shooter Response Revisited – PART 2

June 6, 2008

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own actions. And there will be times in our careers when we have to take exceptional risks. The outcomes, however, will be based on far more than dedication and courage. It takes sound tactics to win. Absent sound tactics, the outcome is left to luck.

Active Shooter Response Revisited: Part 1

May 28, 2008
After Columbine, American law enforcement was forced to take a long, hard look at active shooter response. Now a new report challenges our current thinking on response to such incidents.

Train to Keep Your Name Off the Wall

May 20, 2008
Law Enforcement Memorial Week just ended. So I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on this time of remembrance for our fallen brothers and sisters and what it really means to us.

Illegal Street Performances – Coming to a Town Near You

May 14, 2008

If you haven't heard of illegal street performances called "sideshows," read on. Law enforcement needs to be aware of the potential dangers resulting from these increasingly popular gatherings.

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