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Countering terrorist teams, part 3: The second wave response

Editor's note: Two weeks after the attacks in Mumbai, India—in which fewer than a dozen militants held at bay some 800 police for 60 hours—PoliceOne presented a special report including articles from PoliceOne Columnists Lt. Dan Marcou and Sgt. Glenn French, as well as analysis from Stratfor and opinion from P1 members. Today we present the final installment in this three-part series from PoliceOne Columnist Dick Fairburn on the important subject of police readiness and training for a Mumbai-style attack. Be sure to check out part one here, and part two here.

In the first two parts of this series, we discussed the new type of threat posed by multiple teams of terrorists attacking a city with small arms (automatic rifles and grenades). A response tactic was also proposed, that being an infantry-style variation of a Rapid Deployment team, already familiar to us from previous training for Active Shooter response. No doubt, some of you strongly disagree that we should ever consider sending teams of patrol officers to counterattack terrorist teams.

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