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NCJ Number: 182252 Find in a Library
Title: Gearing Up for SWAT
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:March 2000  Pages:34-39
Author(s): Ronnie L. Paynter
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because the nature of crime has changed, proper equipment is needed by police special weapons and tactical (SWAT) units to effectively respond to crime.
Abstract: Police officers assigned to a SWAT unit should be trained and equipped to fulfill their mission. For example, rappelling equipment is required by urban-based SWAT units due to multi-floor buildings. The nature of the SWAT unit mission is critical, and police administrators should consider how the SWAT unit will manage its response in each mission. An equipment list should be prepared for the SWAT unit, adequate training is essential, and proper attention should be paid to liability issues. Minimum equipment needs to handle a basic mission include a good communications system, basic body armor, low-level pistols to protect SWAT unit members, and mid-range weapons to hold the perimeter. Additional equipment that may be essential in certain missions include knives, binoculars, and medical equipment. Types of equipment all SWAT units should have are briefly described, and a tactical equipment checklist is provided. 7 photographs
Main Term(s): Specialized police operations
Index Term(s): Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police equipment; Police policies and procedures; Police specialized training; Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
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