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Also by Robert O'Brien

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Crime Blooms in the Spring and SWAT Answers the Call for Crime Suppression

May 7, 2008

A growing number of tactical teams are increasingly becoming involved in crime suppression. Some established teams have been doing crime suppression for many years, including LAPD SWAT, SFPD SWAT, and NYPD ESU. Advantages of using SWAT for crime suppression include putting them out on the street, available to respond to crime and assist patrol. SWAT’s presence, tactics, and teamwork are highly effective in diffusing potential street confrontations, and are reassuring to patrol officers

Why You Should Attend Tactical Conferences

April 28, 2008

Those who attend police and tactical conferences, courses, seminars, workshops seem to be cut from the same cloth. No matter what their agency, position, or geographic location, they share a common purpose. They want to not only better themselves, but also improve their agencies, and ultimately the law enforcement profession.

There's a Lot to Learn at a TREXPO Conference

April 25, 2008

I’ve been going to TREXPO East and TREXPO West for 10 years, and the conferences never disappoint me. They are always timely, relevant, and taught by some of the best, most qualified experts anywhere. This year’s TREXPO West held in Long Beach, Calif., in February ranks at the top of all the TREXPO’s I have attended so far.

Death and Taxes

April 16, 2008

I checked the Officer Down Memorial Page (odmp.com) to see if there have been any law enforcement fatalities on April 15th. Sure enough, when I clicked on the Website for April 15th, there were 59 law enforcement officer line-of-duty deaths listed from 1857 to 2004—32 from gunfire.

More on Four SWAT Teams in Trouble

April 10, 2008
Unfortunately, the ones caught in the middle of most controversies are the good guys, the hard-working police officers who only want to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

Four SWAT Teams in Trouble

April 2, 2008

The knee-jerk reactions of authorities in adopting Draconian practices for their SWAT units are endangering the units, the officers, and the community.

How to Improve the Morale of Your SWAT Team

March 28, 2008

Recently, I was asked by a SWAT team leader for suggestions on how to “keep his team together.” His concern stems from his team having fallen into a “rut,” with the potential for “falling apart.” Doubly disconcerting is that this was a good team, one of the best in the state.

Sleep Fast

March 20, 2008

Why is sleep deprivation an issue for police? Because, just like the military, police have unpredictable, changeable, sporadic work and sleep patterns.

Reading Between the Lines of Police Casualty Stats

March 13, 2008

The fact is the vast majority of law enforcement officers are not killed, assaulted, or injured in the line of duty. The overwhelming majority make it through their careers intact and go on to enjoy richly-deserved retirements.

Officers Down: Three Case Studies

March 5, 2008

Officer Simmons did what he was trained to do, interjected himself between his downed partner and the threat, and was shot and killed by a bullet to the face. Other LAPD SWAT officers courageously rescued both officers, and also a downed hostage under fire by the suspect.

Take Action in Active Shooter Response

February 28, 2008
The active shooter phenomenon has a certain "copycat" quality to it — a deadly game won by causing the highest body count in the shortest amount of time before police can stop them.

Can We Stop School Shooters?

February 19, 2008

At NIU, police responded within two minutes of the first reports. However, the shooter still managed to kill five people then turn the gun on himself all before police could stop him.
It’s difficult to fathom how police can respond faster.

Time and Again

February 6, 2008

The point is all of us were once new, and someday, we'll all retire. But try telling that to a rookie.

SWAT: Yesterday, Today…Tomorrow?

February 6, 2008

Cash-strapped agencies cannot afford larger SWAT teams. As a result, today we expect rapid intervention by first responders, who are oftentimes trained by SWAT, and must meet the brunt of the challenge.

War Wagons

February 1, 2008

One of the first times I realized the need for armored vehicles in police operations was during the 1968 Glenville Shootout and riot in Cleveland. Here's what happened.

Where is SWAT Heading?

January 23, 2008

Response to high-risk situations is like emergency medical response. Both require similar levels of training, equipment, and specialty.

Readers Focus on Active Shooter Response by SWAT and Patrol

January 23, 2008

Not surprisingly, most responses dealt with the issue of how active shooters have changed the roles of both patrol and SWAT. Patrol cannot afford to wait for SWAT while innocent people are dying. Columbine was the "wake-up call" that changed everything.

Call for Comments

January 9, 2008
I'd like to hear your thoughts, views, and opinions about SWAT in general, and your agency's team in particular.

Happy New Year! Let's Make It Better than Last Year

January 3, 2008

Learn from the past, live in the present, look to the future.

As we transition from 2007 to 2008, this wise saying rings truer than ever.

Sometimes Home for the Holidays

December 27, 2007

I understand how it feels having to work on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's, patrolling and responding to calls from people not enjoying their holidays with their families. To all who serve and protect the rest of us, we salute you. 

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