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Why SWAT needs black helicopters; Specialties of modern SWAT

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Dear P1 Member,

The mainstream media has focused a lot lately on SWAT operations in their ongoing coverage of the "militarization" of American law enforcement.

In this month's eNews, we address the topic from the perspective of individuals with decades of SWAT and police experience under their belts. Dick Fairburn talks about the way in which the evolution of SWAT ties into the current debate, and recently retired SWAT Operator Glenn French chimes in with an argument in favor of black helicopters and balaclavas.

Lastly, Dan Marcou explains the specialties of a modern SWAT team, showing the vast array of skillsets required to ensure a team's success.

Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

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