Is it time to reinvent SWAT?

Why have we increased our reliance on SWAT teams to perform duties that for a long time were an integral part of a police officer’s job description?

By Nick Jacobellis, P1 Contributor

Before you read this article I want to be crystal clear about my position on specialized tactical teams known as SWAT, SRT or ESU. SWAT cops are some of the most dedicated and highly trained law enforcement officers in our profession. Any comments I make about the need to modify or change the way law enforcement provides tactical response are meant to encourage a healthy debate.

How cops used to handle enforcement actions

This may sound like a strange concept but every sworn/commissioned law enforcement officer should be capable of making any arrest under any set of circumstances without being “SWAT” qualified.


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