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August 12, 2014
Prepare your SWAT team for a crisis on a plane Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Prepare your SWAT team for a crisis on a plane

Imagine the radio in your squad or on your belt suddenly squawks: “Respond to the airport — there is a man on board flight 111 who says he has a bomb.” - Full Story
August 12, 2014
Why your newest SWAT team member is a drone Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Why your newest SWAT team member is a drone

The requirement for SWAT teams to seek a warrant for the use of drones is smart and good policy - Full Story
July 30, 2014
6 arguments against the ACLU's flawed 'police militarization' report Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

6 arguments against the ACLU's flawed 'police militarization' report

The ACLU’s 98-page report “The War Comes Home” highlights SWAT calls with bad outcomes and totally ignores SWAT successes - Full Story
May 29, 2014
Project aims to improve planning and training for SWAT operations the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - TechBeat

Project aims to improve planning and training for SWAT operations

Several years ago, the Tactical Operations Technology Working Group identified the need for an affordable and realistic training environment specifically focused on SWAT operations - Full Story
May 06, 2014
4 must-have abilities of an aspiring SWAT officer Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

4 must-have abilities of an aspiring SWAT officer

Tactical teams vary from one agency to the next, but there are some consistencies I’ve observed in my non-SWAT law enforcement career - Full Story
May 06, 2014
8 things for leaders to consider when scouting for SWAT members Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

8 things for leaders to consider when scouting for SWAT members

SWAT is a specialized unit and those selected to be members of that unit should be special people who possess extraordinary skills and abilities - Full Story
May 06, 2014
9 ways to increase your chances of making SWAT Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

9 ways to increase your chances of making SWAT

In most tactical responses, 10 people working as a team can accomplish more than 20 working as individuals - Full Story
April 28, 2014
Safely transport flash bangs with compact Bang Box Loraine Burger - For Cops, By Cops

Safely transport flash bangs with compact Bang Box

The Original Bang Box is a heavy-duty and powder-coated wood-interior box designed to legally transport 2 flash bangs - Full Story
April 04, 2014
15 years after Columbine: How the media turned me into a 'gun control advocate' Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

15 years after Columbine: How the media turned me into a 'gun control advocate'

If an active shooter is not stopped as they progress through the first four phases, the only way they can be stopped is by my version of gun control during the fifth phase — here’s my definition of gun control - Full Story
February 24, 2014
How words can help improve active-shooter response Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

How words can help improve active-shooter response

Three police trainers agree that forging a common terminology can help police, fire, and EMS agencies implement a truly multi-disciplinary response to active-shooter incidents - Full Story



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