03/22/2008

LAPD wants to open SWAT to women

By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — The union representing the Los Angeles Police Department's 9,300 rank-and-file officers filed an unfair labor practices claim Friday that seeks to overturn recent changes in the SWAT team's rigorous selection process — changes that were partly intended to open the elite unit to female officers.

The claim is the latest challenge to Chief William J. Bratton's efforts to expand the SWAT selection process.

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