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SWAT Response to the War on Police

August 9, 2016

The questions many in the SWAT community are asking is what can SWAT-trained officers do to help protect fellow officers during demonstrations and other incidents and how this might affect the way SWAT teams operate in the future.

'Helluva' Shot Stopped Gunman in Baton Rouge, Officials Say

July 18, 2016
On Sunday, the Baton Rouge SWAT team's training kicked in and the team performed flawlessly in responding to an ambush on officers, an emotional Dabadie said at a press conference.

Video: Utah Police K-9 Killed, Suspect Shot in SWAT Standoff

April 28, 2016
A Unified (UT) Police Department K-9 was shot and killed in a SWAT standoff that also sent a suspect to the hospital with critical injuries Thursday morning.

Video: Austin SWAT Officer Shot Executing Search Warrant

April 14, 2016
An Austin, TX, SWAT officer was shot while executing a search warrant at a home in North Austin early Thursday. Another SWAT team member exchanged fire with the 18-year-old shooter, who surrendered to police within minutes.

Austin SWAT Officer Shot Executing Search Warrant

April 14, 2016
An Austin, TX, SWAT officer was shot while executing a search warrant at a home in North Austin early Thursday. Another SWAT team member exchanged fire with the 18-year-old shooter, who surrendered to police within minutes. More Here.

Police Robots on Land and Sea

December 28, 2015

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

Laser Technology: Finding Your Target

October 22, 2015

Many patrol officers know Laser Technology Inc. for its speed measurement devices. But using lasers to make detailed calculations from a distance is also ideal for shooters.

The Last Time

October 22, 2015

To ensure the next time doesn't turn into your last time, you need to reflect and learn from the other last time.

Rappelling: Stopping the Fall

August 24, 2015

Rappelling is an important skill for law enforcement tactical teams, but improper training can lead to fatalities. 

Texas Car Chase Ends in Crash With SWAT Vehicle

May 28, 2015
A two-hour police chase ended in a crash with Fort Worth SWAT in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday. More Here.

Seattle SWAT Tiptoes into House to Rescue Abducted Baby

April 2, 2015
The boy's mother reported that the child's father, Daniel Lopez-Andino, physically assaulted her and drove off with the boy. More Here.

Video: Seattle SWAT Tiptoes into House to Rescue Abducted Baby

April 2, 2015
The boy's mother reported that the child's father, Daniel Lopez-Andino, physically assaulted her and drove off with the boy.

Planned Operations and Dogs

November 4, 2014

Some SWAT teams have become very adept at using non-lethal tools to neutralize the threat presented by dogs. Retired Cleveland SWAT entry team leader Robert O'Brien says that long before the Hells Angels case and its nearly $2 million in settlements his SWAT team always considered the presence of dogs in its planning. O'Brien's tool of choice for getting the dogs out of the way was the fire extinguisher.

Taking Down Tsarnaev

April 3, 2014

Last April 19, Revere, Mass., Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli was leading the North Metro SWAT team as it participated in a massive manhunt. Units from federal, state, and local agencies—including North Metro SWAT—were literally going street to street and even building to building searching for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber.

Police Cell Phones and Social Media

March 20, 2014

Unbelievable as it may sound, this was probably the first recorded tactical law enforcement call-out conducted over Facebook. Even though I rarely use Facebook, I knew my officers did and better yet they monitored it. The call-out was successful and the suspect was apprehended.

Police Product Test: Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

December 23, 2013

Gerber has deemed the Downrange Tomahawk a "three tiered" breaching tool. The axe head serves as a hammer, chopper, and leverage point for prying.

Video: Ark. Man, 107, Shot at Officers Before Being Killed

November 25, 2013
The Pine Bluff, Ark., officer who fired the shots that killed 107-year-old Monroe Isadore on Sept. 7 told the special prosecutors assigned to the case he did not know how many rounds he fired, but said he had no other choice because the man was shooting at him and fellow officers,

Escape International AirTEP Platform

November 4, 2013

Even when the AirTEP is deployed and hanging from a helicopter carrying a full load of passengers, it's possible to fly the craft at up to 100 knots for several miles until everyone can be brought to safety.

Suicidal Active Shooter: The Answer

October 17, 2013
You've only got two options with the information you've received. Shoot the suspect or get him to place his weapon on the floor and submit to arrest.

Suicidal Active Shooter: What Would You Do?

September 12, 2013
Your team responds to a suicidal teenager at the local high school. When he points a gun at his head, it's decision time. Give us your solution to this dilemma.
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