P1 First Person: To SWAT or not SWAT

By Scott Barlow, Deputy Director
Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy

The heading of this essay goes right to the heart of the issue regarding Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams, also known as Emergency Response Teams (ERT). As with most chief executive officers of a policing agency I stressed every time we had a team deployment. There are a number of reasons for this, the most prevalent one being that I have served as a Team Commander and know what can happen, most of the outcomes being negative.

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