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Killing Urban Shield

Last month activists and politicians in Northern California pulled the plug on America's best scenario-based SWAT training exercise.

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1 Thing to be More Outraged Over than the Jussie Smollett Debacle

Am I outraged about the 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett being summarily dropped? Sure, but I'm also utterly unsurprised. Here's something that recently happened which did surprise me, and has me pretty hot under the collar.

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.

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.

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.

Urban Shield Tests Police Responders

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.

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.

Urban Shield 2010

About 30 tactical teams from around the world participated in the 2010 edition of Urban Shield, a grueling first-responder simulation coordinated by the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office to train and prepare tactical teams. Source: The Daily Californian.

Urban Shield 2009

Urban Shield is a premier SWAT, fire and EMS training event that occurs annually in northern California. It was developed by Sheriff Ahern of the Alameda County Sheriffs Department and is widely attended by law enforcement agencies across the nation.

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."