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Title: SWAT in Small Towns
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:48  Issue:3  Dated:March 2000  Pages:75-78
Author(s): Dale Stockton
Date Published: March 2000
Page Count: 4
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Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police agencies in small towns should consider the use of a regional approach to developing a SWAT team and should recognize both the start-up costs and the ongoing costs and training that a SWAT team requires.
Abstract: The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is probably the best single resource for an agency considering the formation of a tactical team or concerned about the effectiveness of an existing team. The NTOA president estimates the approximate start-up costs per officer at $6,000-7,000. A SWAT team requires a minimum of 10 members. Therefore, small agencies should adopt a regional approach involving multiple police agencies in the area. Careful selection of team members is crucial. Ongoing training is a significant budget consideration. The NTOA recommends 2 training days per month for agency SWAT teams. Important training topics are stealth entries and working with crisis negotiators. Enhanced training of patrol officers who are first responders is a new area of training in response to trends in shooting incidents. In addition, a recent tactical trend supports the idea of better equipping the first responder. Photograph
Main Term(s): Police specialized training
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Law Enforcement Tactical Units; Police personnel selection; Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) Training
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