7 vital lessons for every officer

Culled from a series of dramatic SWAT debriefs, these truths are worthy of reinforcement at roll call or posting on the squad room bulletin board

A dramatic series of dicey SWAT call-outs — ranging from a drunken military vet brandishing a live hand grenade in his front yard to a barricaded felon who coldly wrapped his shirt around a baby and thrust the infant into view to test if police would shoot — were critiqued in detail recently at the annual conference of the Assn. of SWAT Personnel-Wisconsin.

The debriefings were designed to sharpen the skills of team leaders, snipers, and tactical operators. But embedded in discussions of their specialized arcanery — like the challenges of shooting through glass and the tactics for manhunting at night with infrared gear — were vital lessons any officer should remember.

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