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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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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.

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.

Video: 2 Texas Officers Injured Responding to 911 Call, Suspect Dead

One police officer was shot and a second was hurt while running for safety after a gunman fired at them from inside a southeast Austin, TX, home Sunday night. The SWAT team then reportedly fatally shot the suspected shooter as he tried to run away from the home with a woman.

2 Texas Officers Injured Responding to 911 Call, Suspect Dead

One police officer was shot and a second was hurt while running for safety after a gunman fired at them from inside a southeast Austin, TX, home Sunday night. The SWAT team then reportedly fatally shot the suspected shooter as he tried to run away from the home with a woman. More Here.

What Law Enforcement Needs to Know About Criminal Snipers

The American Sniper Association has been providing information and training on criminal snipers in classes for nearly 20 years. This article includes some updates reflecting the lessons re-learned in Las Vegas.

Lessons Learned from the Vegas Sniper Attack

A criminal sniper shooting people from an elevated "hide" presents an extreme tactical challenge for law enforcement.