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Answering SWAT Critics

Is SWAT overused? What missions should it be assigned? Is it too costly? And now that patrol officers have rifles and other special gear, is it still needed?

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(Video) Tactics for Surviving an Ambush Attack

Don Alwes discusses how increased officer situational awareness, proper tactical response, and knowledge of John Boyd's OODA Loop can keep officers safer in the event of an ambush attack.

(Video) Train and Equip Officers for Self-Care/Buddy Care

Don Alwes emphasizes the critical life-saving nature of first-aid equipment and training so wounded LEOs can treat themselves and fellow officers.

(Video) How to Outfit a Police Department with Patrol Rifles

Don Alwes discusses how a department should approach implementing a patrol rifle program. Alwes shares the questions that need to be answered before such a program is begun, and some best practices for getting it up and running.

(Video) Police Trainer Don Alwes on Active Shooter Response

Don Alwes discusses some of the pre-attack behaviors that might indicate an imminent attack, as well as ways in which law enforcement can improve its response when an active shooter event does occur.

Looking Back: Semi-Autos, Shootouts, and SWAT Standards

In past March issues, POLICE has covered how to transition from revolvers to semi-automatics, awards for outgunned officers, and the first national tactical standards.

National Tactical Officers Association Announces First Ever Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium

Developing strong leadership is a challenging task for police agencies. In recognition, the NTOA is offering this weeklong training event that will provide an array of its most sought-after leadership courses, led by some of the nation’s best instructors in law enforcement leadership training.

NTOA to Hold Annual Conference in Milwaukee Next Month

More than 70 courses will be offered, including seminars, practical tracks and several contemporary incident debriefs. Topics include team management, risk mitigation, current case law and emerging trends in tactical operations. Attendees can choose from an outstanding selection of incident debriefs and seminars on patrol, leadership, current legal issues and many other topics.

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.

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Father of Student Murdered by Parkland Shooter Calls for National School Safety Standards

At a news conference Wednesday in Washington, DC, Schacter announced that the Foundation is working with some of the nation's leading law enforcement organizations.