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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.

Avon Protection Sponsors U.S. National SWAT Championships

April 26, 2010
Avon Protection Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of respiratory protection products, will once again sponsor the 2010 U.S. National SWAT Championships (USNSC) held June 21-26 at the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Okla.

Breaking and Entering

March 31, 2010

Wall is the inventor of the WallBanger DoorKey, a device distributed by Safariland that uses the explosive element of a flash-bang grenade to breach even some of the toughest doors.

Not Going for the Kill

March 31, 2010

A SWAT team is called out to a barricade situation. A man holed up in his house claims to have a hostage, and negotiators are getting nowhere as the subject refuses to surrender. Now tactical teams can employ multiple less-lethal options to help end such a situation at different points throughout an incident without employing lethal force.

See Safariland's New WallBanger Bang Pole on Video

February 2, 2010
Retired Houston SWAT officer Sandy Wall demonstrated his new The WallBanger bang pole for POLICE Magazine at the Safariland booth at SHOT Show 2010. Wall gives us a hands-on demo of this tactical equipment that deploys distraction devices prior to a building raid.

Dallas SWAT Takes Down a Pair of Crack Houses

January 8, 2010
The Dallas PD's SWAT unit takes down a pair of fortified crack houses and overwhelms the suspects, who have little time to react before they find themselves wearing handcuffs.

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 SWAT Ambush: After-Action Report

January 7, 2010
The report details a cascade of mistakes that led to the tragic deaths of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai. It faults the Oakland PD for poor communication, weak command and control, and poor planning.

Urban Shield: Super SWAT Shape Required

November 23, 2009
Each scenario designed to test officers' tactical skills and teamwork to the limit was scored and timed, with points deducted for mistakes. Exercise #1,SWAT Fitness Assessment, tested the mettle of even those in "Super SWAT Shape."

Urban Shield: Training for the Unthinkable

November 19, 2009
Training for the "unthinkable" is what Urban Shield is all about because the "unthinkable" can, and does, happen. And like lightning in a thunderstorm, you never know where or when the next strike will occur.
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