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Risk Management

Risk Management

Things are not technologically stagnant in the SWAT community. New versions of the tried and true, as well as innovative uses of modern mechanisms, simultaneously bring SWAT teams closer to suspects in the safest way possible and bring situations to safer conclusions.

August 20, 2010

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

May 13, 2010

Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007
Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 02/23/1984

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 02/23/1984

Hastings walked to the Fireside Lounge on the corner of Fourth and Lake Streets, dialed up his favorite federal agent on a pay phone, and fessed up to having some 13 stolen antique knives and a stolen Beretta on his person. Oh, and he wanted to turn himself in.

February 23, 2010

Shots Fired: San Antonio, Texas 09•08•2008
Shots Fired: Brownsville, Oregon 02•16•2008
Shots Fired: College Park, Maryland 11•06•2006
What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

Four officers murdered. A fifth wounded. One suspect dead. A police department in shock. Not since the 1970 Newhall shooting has an officer-involved shooting reverberated so strongly throughout the law enforcement community.

May 1, 2009

Shots Fired: Ogden, Utah 05-26-2006

Shots Fired: Ogden, Utah 05-26-2006

Sgt. Burnett had worn the vest religiously throughout his career, but on this day he told his wife that for the first time he would go to work without it. She wasn't happy with his decision.

August 1, 2008

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 07•15•1999

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 07•15•1999

Lessman inched forward. Beyond the refrigerator and deeper into the kitchen was a large table that had been upended on its side. He suspected that the table was shielding someone behind it.

July 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?

How to Develop Informants

Some cops could use a hug. Others could use a Huggy Bear. Like Starsky and Hutch's trusty tattletale, reliable informants provide us with a worm's eye view of their sordid social circles, a heads up on threats to officer safety, and the groundwork for search warrants. They hang in circles we wouldn't want to enter. There is no question that the access they have and the intelligence they acquire is often invaluable to law enforcement.

August 1, 2007

Shots Fired: Laurel, Maryland 05/14/2003

Sims pulled into the parking lot of the apartment complex. As he keyed the microphone to advise dispatch of his arrival the environment around him suddenly changed. A cacophony of screams and gunfire erupted around him.

April 1, 2006

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How much is a cop’s safety worth? Despite safety concerns, due to shrinking budgets it’s becoming increasingly common for police departments to require officers to purchase their own body armor. Even when agencies pony up some money for ballistic vests, it’s usually not enough to buy the best of the best—which is what most officers want protecting them from bodily harm.

March 1, 2006

Shots Fired: Melbourne, Florida 01/11/2004

It was a damned cold night for central Florida. Officer Keith Cowart wasn’t getting any argument from Smokey Stapleter or Gary Markowski on that score. His fellow Melbourne, Fla., police officers had congregated with him for a windshield conference and coffee. Stapleter rubbed his arms to get his blood circulating.

December 1, 2005

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