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The SWAT topic page gives tactical officers and cops who want to join the ranks of the elite special units in their departments wide variety of news, tips, columns, commentary, and articles to achieve the objective. The latest techniques being tested by leading edge departments and the tried-and-true tactics upon which the foundations of SWAT were built can be found here.
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Man kills woman, himself in Calif. office shooting

Man kills woman, himself in Calif. office shooting

To help people inside the building get out, police smashed windows and helped people climb to safety - Full Story

Videos

Ex-firefighter in custody after taking hostages inside firehouse

The unidentified former firefighter took three to five individuals hostage; there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

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Ex-firefighter in custody after taking hostages inside firehouse

Ex-firefighter in custody after taking hostages inside firehouse

A just-terminated volunteer firefighter returned to his firehouse with a 9mm handgun Tuesday and held four firefighters hostage - Full Story

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Prisoner caught after taking guard's gun, escaping Va. hospital

Prisoner caught after taking guard's gun, escaping Va. hospital

A prisoner being treated wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle - Full Story

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Police: Calif. cop killer shot dead by officer

Police: Calif. cop killer shot dead by officer

The suicidal man found dead after he shot and killed a veteran San Jose police officer was killed by police gunfire - Full Story

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5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper

5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper

If you aspire to be a police counter-sniper, you can do all of these things outlined here and still not be selected, so be prepared to stay the course and try again - Full Story

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Calif. officer shot to death, suspect dead

Calif. officer shot to death, suspect dead

A man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on officers called to check on him, killing a 14-year veteran of the San Jose department - Full Story

Columns

How visualization and contingency planning help SWAT operations Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

How visualization and contingency planning help SWAT operations

All SWAT officers should use pre-mission visualization and try to plan for every contingency — both as a team and as individual SWAT operators — because it can mean the difference between life and death - Full Story

Columns

The C-Clamp: Are SWAT cops using a sub-optimal technique? Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

The C-Clamp: Are SWAT cops using a sub-optimal technique?

Advocates of this technique claim that it is more accurate, more ergonomic, reduces recoil, increases target transition speed, and squares off the body armor toward your adversary - Full Story

Columns

5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper

If you aspire to be a police counter-sniper, you can do all of these things outlined here and still not be selected, so be prepared to stay the course and try again - Full Story



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