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"Operation Ghetto Storm": The Rise of Paramilitary Policing by Peter Cassidy
Selling SWAT by Lynne Wilson
All over the country local police forces are fielding high-tech, heavily armed SWAT teams to handle non-crisis situations. Within the police, these elite, highly militarized units have fueled a culture of violence and racial antagonism. Two articles appearing in the Fall 1997 issue of Covert Action Quarterly available in the Special Collections unit of the MSU Main Library.
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Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America
Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home. These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects. This paper presents a history and overview of the issue of paramilitary drug raids, provides an extensive catalogue of abuses and mistaken raids, and offers recommendations for reform. By Radley Balko. July 2006. 98pp.
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Police SWAT Teams Directory
A directory of swat teams with web sites hosted by Police Guide.
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Police : The Law Enforcement Magazine SWAT Channel
A collection of articles about SWAT, but some items are limited to verified law enforcement officers.
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SWAT Entry from the Wikipedia
SWAT is an acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics. In the United States, it is the most commonly known name to the public of a specialized paramilitary police unit in major city police departments who are trained to perform dangerous operations. These can include coordinated attacks on selected targets such as heavily armed criminals in secure locations. They are typically equipped with heavier armaments than ordinary police officers with available arms including submachine guns, carbines, specialized tear gas and concussion grenades, and high power rifles for "marksmen" (snipers)....
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SWAT Hand Signal Directory
Never again be confused by those subtle hand signals when you’re at the center of a major drug bust or hostage situation. After diligently studying this guide to S.W.A.T. hand signals, you’ll know exactly when the officer is trying to convey to his colleagues that he’s out of ammunition (a swaying motion around the gun) or that you’re a crybaby (wiping near the eyes) or that he’s near-sighted (the peephole signal with his fingers.) We can’t guarantee that this data will get you out of a sticky situation, but at least you’ll know what they’re saying about you. (Some strong language included; reader beware.)
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Swat Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies
For the past two years, the NTOA’s executive director and other NTOA members have joined with various committees in Washington D.C. to revise and develop SWAT standards. These standards will have a direct effect on state and local SWAT teams. During this process, it has become very clear that in order to ensure that SWAT/tactical teams meet minimum capabilities, standards for employment, training and equipping SWAT teams should be written by practitioners who perform these duties on a daily basis. NTOA has taken the initiative and written SWAT standards which are grounded in the philosophy and practices NTOA has been teaching for over 25 years. September 2008.
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The Official Web Site of the National Tactical Officers Association, the only national nonprofit organization in America established by and for SWAT officers to advance the Special Weapons And Tactics profession.
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Training the SWAT Mind
Article by Corporal David Blosser, City of Kennewick, Washington.
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