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Improving SWAT Operations

Improving SWAT Operations

Experts say the chance for positive outcomes during tactical team callouts will increase with better selection of team members, organization of teams, training of operators and commanders; and with more effective use of equipment and technology.

August 8, 2018

SWAT in the 21st Century

SWAT in the 21st Century

Equipment, tactics, and technology are obvious changes in SWAT, but there have been much more subtle developments in SWAT philosophy, especially in terms of training and standards.

August 3, 2017

6 Second Tactical's APB Door

6 Second Tactical's APB Door

The All Purpose Breaching (APB) Door can be used to train officers and firefighters to perform almost any form of breaching, using rams, hammers, shotguns, Hurst tools, and even door spreaders.

August 21, 2012

Urban Shield: The Best Training Anywhere

Urban Shield: The Best Training Anywhere

For two years the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department has organized and hosted Urban Shield, the nation’s largest SWAT exercise. The 48-hour competition involves 25 tactical teams working 24 realistic scenarios. This year’s event was held Sept. 12–15, and POLICE editor David Griffith was on the scene.

November 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

LAPD brass is still trying to mold SWAT into a softer, gentler special unit that won't offend the politically correct sensibilities of community activists. But now for one of the few times in its distinguished history, SWAT is actually vulnerable to such pressure.

August 1, 2008

Riot Act

Riot Act

R Block of the West Virginia State Penitentiary at Moundsville. Inmates are holding a hostage. His hands are bound with a strip of cloth that's tied around the crossbars of one of the cells. A negotiator has been called in to hear the inmates' demands and to try to secure release of the hostage. The ringleader of the riot, a young loudmouth called K-Dog, yells at the negotiator who is on the stairs above the showers, "You better take care of your boy!"

August 1, 2007