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SWAT “Professional E-Magazine” Advocates Abuse Of Power

SWAT teams, even the better ones, are going to make operations errors. The key, then, is getting everyone up the chain of command familiar with SWAT operations. That especially includes the PIO, who gets to talk to that crime reporter.

Team commanders must raise the profile of their teams. Stay active. Yes, I mean do warrant service and drug raids even if you have to poach the work. First, your team needs the training time under true callout conditions. If all your team does is train, but seldom deploy, you will end up training just to train. You need to train to fight. You already know that.

Second, make SWAT familiar to senior police staff. Everyone fears the unknown. Don’t let SWAT be that unknown. Make deploying SWAT something that is routine, not something only done after much hand-wringing. “Oh, no! You mean we have to call SWAT? Oh, I don’t know, I just don’t know. Really? Call SWAT? Really?”

Yes, you should have clear guidelines for activating the team. But how many times has the callout of a part-time team been delayed or denied when those callout criteria were met? We really do need to explain that SWAT is less of a threat than the people in the calls we are responding to—you know, those vewy, vewy bad people.

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Call SWAT out for raids on ordinary calls for the dual purposes of training and publicity to their superiors?

Protect and serve?

More like Protect our jobs and be Self-Serving. Keep the people thoroughly cowed and properly humbled by unnecessary force. It sure as hell sounds like “abuse under color of power” to me.

We better speak now, or forever hold our peace. After the police state is completed, speaking out will NOT be an option.


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