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Urban Shield 2011: Enhancing Mutual Aid

Urban Shield 2011: Enhancing Mutual Aid

When a law enforcement agency calls for mutual aid help in northern California, arriving responders are usually on the same page, due to their participation in tactical training at Urban Shield.

November 21, 2011

Urban Shield 2011: Bound by Duty

Urban Shield 2011: Bound by Duty

Leadership starts at the top, and spreads throughout the entire Alameda County Sheriff's Office. This is the reason Urban Shield continues to offer the "best of the best" training for first responders.

October 31, 2011

Urban Shield: Debriefing the Teams

Urban Shield: Debriefing the Teams

SWAT competitions give the teams an opportunity to compete against other tactical teams in events designed to test their competency and mettle. Among the many excellent SWAT competitions to choose from, Urban Shield's "full-scale exercise" format is widely considered the most realistically challenging.

November 3, 2010

Urban Shield: Planning and Logistics

Urban Shield: Planning and Logistics

I refer to Urban Shield as a "gruelathon," and this year proved even tougher than 2009. Although there are a number of outstanding SWAT competitions throughout America, I can think of none more realistic, encompassing, massive and demanding than Urban Shield.

October 26, 2010

Urban Shield: Super SWAT Shape Required

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."

November 23, 2009

Urban Shield: Training for the Unthinkable

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.

November 19, 2009

Urban Shield 2009 Dedicated to Oakland’s Fallen Officers