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Louisville SWAT Team Criticized Breonna Taylor Raid During Internal Interview

Lt. Dale Massey and other members of LMPD's SWAT team told the Profession Integrity Unit in interviews after Taylor’s death the three officers involved violated a basic rule of policing — identifying your target and what's in the background before you shoot.

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Philadelphia Officer Shot, Killed During Warrant Service

A member of the Philadelphia Police SWAT team was shot and killed while serving a warrant and attempting to arrest a murder suspect at a residence on Friday morning.

(Video) Lenco Shows X3 FireCat for Tac Teams at SHOT Show 2020

In the Lenco SHOT Show booth, a company rep explains how its X3 FireCat armored vehicle allows a tactical team to enter a hostile situation and put out a fire started by a suspect without needing to bring in the fire department.

Denver Woman Sues Police Over House Fire During Standoff

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the Denver Police Department one year after her home was destroyed by fire reportedly started by a SWAT team attempting to arrest her 35-year-old son, Joseph Quintana.

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?

Looking Back: Tragedy, Invisible Killers, and the Death Penalty

POLICE has covered lessons learned, weapons of mass destruction, and capital punishment.

Transcend Tactical Introduces Mobile Gas Deployment System for Robots

Transcend Tactical has launched a gas deployment system that can be added to its Vantage robot to deploy two hot or cold gas grenades remotely and with mobility.

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.

Responding to the Active Shooter

Nearly two decades after Columbine there shouldn't be any question as to what we as law enforcement should do in an active shooter situation. We have to respond as safely as possible, grab what we have with us, and stop the killing.

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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.