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Suicidal Active Shooter: The Answer

Suicidal Active Shooter: The Answer

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.

October 17, 2013

Suicidal Active Shooter: What Would You Do?

Suicidal Active Shooter: What Would You Do?

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.

September 12, 2013

Campus IED Attack: The Answer

Campus IED Attack: The Answer

With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the May 29 blog, "Campus IED Attack: What Would You Do?" You told us how you would handle the scenario of a campus active shooter suspect with IEDs. Here's the answer.

June 14, 2013

Inside the FBI's Alabama Bunker Raid

Inside the FBI's Alabama Bunker Raid

The carefully orchestrated raid that ended a hostage standoff at a survivalist's bunker in Midland City, Ala., was a SWAT tactic of last resort for the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team (HRT).

February 5, 2013

Every Officer Should Be Trained In SWAT Basics

Every Officer Should Be Trained In SWAT Basics

Shouldn't every good basic cop have the ability to quickly stack, flow into a room, hold a position if a SWAT team leader stated, "you two post this hallway," and back-clear or secondary search several rooms?

January 31, 2013

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

The Mumbai terror attacks still hold potent lessons for police responders four years after they raised the ante on counter-terrorism response and active-shooter training.

November 27, 2012

Domestic Hostage Barricade: The Answer

With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the earlier blog, "Domestic Hostage Barricade: What Would You Do?" You told us how you would handle the scenario of a suspect who has taken his ex-girlfriend hostage in a residence. Now, we'll give you the actual outcome from the incident.

June 4, 2012

Domestic Hostage Barricade: What Would You Do?

An ex-boyfriend holds a female hostage at gunpoint as deputies decide whether to enter the house or contain, control, and call SWAT. Tell us how you would handle the situation by adding a comment below.

May 9, 2012

5 (More) Active Shooter Training Scenarios

5 (More) Active Shooter Training Scenarios

In an earlier blog post, we presented five training scenarios to help your team better prepare to meet the threat of the active shooter, or active killer if you prefer. Here are five additional training scenarios.

January 12, 2012

5 Active Shooter Training Scenarios

5 Active Shooter Training Scenarios

Staying ready to meet the threat of an active shooter should be one of the primary goals of your tactical unit. With that in mind, let's cover five training scenarios to sharpen your saw.

December 29, 2011

Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future

Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future

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.

December 15, 2011

How to Improve Back-up for Undercover Units

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.

October 18, 2011

The High Cost of a Dynamic Entry

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.

September 30, 2011

Sports Riots: The Other IED

Sports Riots: The Other IED

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."

September 22, 2011

One Team's Innovative Barricade Tactic

One Team's Innovative Barricade Tactic

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?"

August 26, 2011