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Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future

December 15, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, this would be a good time to reflect on SWAT's past, present and future (apologies to Charles Dickens). While we can't accurately predict the future, we can trace the evolution of tactical units from yesteryear, understand today's challenged, and perhaps glimpse tomorrow's trend.

How to Improve Back-up for Undercover Units

October 18, 2011
To understand the complexities of mounting a take-down operation such as rescuing an undercover agent from a secure location under the control of armed violators, undercover agents must be trained as a SWAT operator. There's no in-between here.

The High Cost of a Dynamic Entry

September 30, 2011
In an earlier blog post, we asked you to consider a scenario and decide whether to forcibly enter a residence to remove a high-risk suspect. Here's how the scenario played out and what lessons can be learned.

Sports Riots: The Other IED

September 22, 2011
Sports violence has even been identified by some as a medical disorder called Intermittent Explosive Disorder—"the other IED." It may be fueled by unusually high amounts of testosterone and caused by "idiots acting like fools."

One Team's Innovative Barricade Tactic

August 26, 2011
Just when we might think all the innovative SWAT tactics have already been tried, a SWAT team comes up with an imaginative, simple and exceptionally effective tactic. It comes under the heading of "why didn't someone else think of this before?"

Is Dynamic Entry Worth the Risk?

August 24, 2011
We have the signed no-knock. Do we serve it by initiating a dynamic entry? Or do we explore other options to take the suspect into custody and secure the evidence?

Perception: The Difference Between Heroes and Villains

June 17, 2011
The Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department's May 5 SWAT raid resulted in the death of a Marine at home in front of his family. This tragedy has exploded into one of the most criticized, controversial SWAT incidents in memory.

A Plan Is a Plan, Until...

May 27, 2011
The Osama bin Laden raid ranks among the most significant raids in modern military history. History is replete with similar military raids — some have been successful, others less so — that reinforce the reality that the vast majority of such operations are rarely ever known outside a circle of the select few on a need-to-know basis.

Friendly Fire: Operational Considerations

May 20, 2011
Operational friendly fire erupts suddenly without warning, and once bullets start flying, it's too late. In the old days, before we were trained with "finger OFF the trigger" unless you're shooting, virtually all LEOs had their finger ON the trigger when they had their guns out.

Friendly Fire: A Devastating LODD

April 26, 2011
He responded "as is" in his gym shorts. Yet there was absolutely no question in anyone's mind that he was "SWAT." That's because he had the presence of mind to don his tactical vest and helmet, which made him instantly recognizable as SWAT.

No-Knock Searches: Reasonable or Deadly?

March 7, 2011
Incidents like the Todd Blair shooting put pressure on judges to deny requests for no-knock warrants. Don't ask for a no-knock warrant unless it really is necessary.

Why High-Risk Encounters Require SWAT

February 25, 2011
The murders of Florida officers with the Miami-Dade Police Department and St. Petersburg Police Department rocked their communities, as well as all of law enforcement. In both instances, officers entered buildings to search for suspects without calling for backup from tactical units.

The Hidden Dangers of Suspect Searches

February 2, 2011
POLICE SWAT expert and retired LEO Bob O'Brien tells you seven tales from his experiences to teach about the danger of missing a hidden suspect during a search.

Are Tunnel Rats Born or Made?

January 7, 2011
Tunnel rats during the Vietnam War invented and perfected the most effective tunnel tactics and techniques. In law enforcement, you need the right person with the right mindset, training, equipment, weaponry, and lots of experience to be effective.

Confined Spaces and Tunnel Rats

December 22, 2010
It takes a special officer to willingly, capably, and effectively search confined spaces for suspects. During the Vietnam War, "tunnel rats" were employed to search the often elaborate, always extremely hazardous NVA/VC tunnel systems.

Searching for Hidden Suspects

December 13, 2010
I'd say every SWAT team trains extensively on suspect searches with special emphasis on the terrain they're dealing with. Regardless of terrain type, every SWAT team must be adept at searching buildings and outdoor terrain.

Urban Shield Tests Police Responders

October 29, 2010

Twenty nine tactical teams, including three international, participated in Urban Shield 2010, the nation's largest first-responder training hosted by the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office. Organizers roll out scenario-based exercises at a variety of venues that teams must respond to during a 48-hour period. With each exercise, the teams must manage and respond to an ongoing critical incident. The exercises "provide opportunities to enhance response efforts and identify training needs in a simulated environment," according to organizers. Photos courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Active Shooter Response: POLICE-TREXPO East

August 17, 2010

POLICE-TREXPO East started today in Chantilly, Va., and one of the highlights was the class on the Mumbai massacre taught by Don Alwes. Alwes is a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association who specializes in active shooters and homeland security. Police Magazine's Editor David Griffith interviewed Alwes about active shooter response tactics and what the bad guys are doing to counter.

How SWAT Handled the Sacramento Standoff

June 14, 2010
Sacramento County Sheriff's SWAT was called out to what turned into a 56-hour standoff—the longest in Sacramento history—at an 82-unit apartment complex. The suspect shot at SWAT officers, a robot, and the Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV) on at least eight occasions.

Sacramento Officers Rescue Infant After 56-Hour Standoff

June 13, 2010
On Friday at 7 p.m., the tactical team used explosives to open a side wall of the apartment where 26-year-old Anthony Alvarez was holding his cousin's son. Officers then used improved sight lines to shoot Alvarez and safely rescue the infant.
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