Keys to ensuring safety during training

Research from OpTac International shows that from 2004-2008, 71 percent of SWAT officer deaths occurred in training or from friendly fire.


Learning from the mistakes of the past will make us all safer during SWAT operations in the future. OpTac International recently released research on deaths among SWAT operators while on SWAT operations and during training accidents.

Their research found that from 2004-2008, 71 percent of SWAT officer deaths occurred in training or from friendly fire. During that period, 12 SWAT operators died while training or when accidentally shot by another SWAT operator. For that same period, five SWAT operators died on SWAT operations as a result of a suspect fatally shooting the operator.

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