An American police officer works a battlefield every day he patrols his sector

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An American police officer works a battlefield every day he patrols his sector

Post  Anti Federalist on Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:06 pm

You are not soldiers, you are peace officers.

This is not occupied territory, behind enemy lines, this is your home, and my home.

You are not here to kill people and break stuff, you are here to protect and serve, while acknowledging the rights we all possess.

We are not enemy combatants, living in "ALPHA SECTOR 9", we are your neighbors.





Police militarization and an argument in favor of black helicopters

http://www.policeone.com/SWAT/articles/6385683-Police-militarization-An-argument-for-black-helicopters/

Every time a SWAT operation goes south, the anti-SWAT crowd bloviates, so we must do everything we can to minimize the chance of mistakes
 
Men dressed like futuristic soldiers rappel from a helicopter with speed and determination. As they clear their rooftop objective, witnesses post on popular social media the presence of black helicopters in their neighborhood. Comments are numerous and rumors of a government takeover take root.

“Entry team leader to command post, objective clear, two in custody, weapons secure.”

This tactical operation wasn’t a government takeover, but a warrant service on a homicide suspect.

What Overkill?

After this operation, I was fascinated by the social media discussion that blossomed among ill-informed knuckleheads who were certain that the government was taking over. As they came to learn that the black helicopter had delivered a SWAT team, the conversation turned to the topic of “overkill” on the part of the police.

While reading a recent article on the website of a popular mainstream publication, the tenor was similar.

“What would it take to dial back such excessive police measures?” the author wrote. “The obvious place to start would be ending the federal grants that encourage police forces to acquire gear that is more appropriate for the battlefield. Beyond that, it is crucial to change the culture of militarization in American law enforcement.”



We trainers have spent the past decade trying to ingrain in our students the concept that the American police officer works a battlefield every day he patrols his sector.

(War on us. There it is. Can't be more clear. It's battle, and we are enemy combatants to be "neutralized". - AF)




The fact is, more American police officers have died fighting crime in the United States over the past 12 years than American soldiers were killed in action at war in Afghanistan. According to ODMP.org, 1,831 cops have been killed in the line of duty since 2001. According to iCasualties.org, the number of our military personnel killed in action in Afghanistan is 1,789.

(Nonsense. First, over half that number are deaths from accidents and heart attacks. Second, there are over a million cops in the land of the free, there are about 65,000 combat troops in Afghanistan. Apples and bowling balls. Cop wasn't even listed in the top ten of most dangerous jobs in 2012. - AF)

Cops on the beat are facing the same dangers on the streets as our brave soldiers do in war. That is why commanders and tactical trainers stress the fact that even on the most uneventful portion of your tour, you can be subjected to combat at a moment’s notice.

What is it with this growing concept that SWAT teams shouldn’t exist? Why shouldn’t officers utilize the same technologies, weapon systems, and tactics that our military comrades do?

We should, and we will.

Quiet Professionals

I do believe to some degree that we SWAT operators should swathe ourselves in a cloak of mysteriousness. We are (or should be) unassuming, quiet professionals operating without the need for recognition. For example, I always required my SWAT cops to conduct the operation, clear the objective, turn over the scene quickly, and depart in an orderly and professional manner. By the time we leave a scene a crowd has usually gathered, and the glimpse of the men in black as they slip away will leave an impression with the onlookers.

(We are the boss, Mundane, and you'd better not forget it, or we'll be lighting you up next time. Yup, sounds like freedom to me. - AF)

Where many SWAT commanders have failed is in deploying SWAT teams when a tactical team is unnecessary and, more importantly, unjustified.

Critical to success is the focus on detail. A warrant service by your tactical team should require a lengthy (16 pages for my team) document known as an “Operation Plan” to be prepared by the team commander prior to briefing the team.

A significant advantage of this document is detailing the need for the tactical team and justifying its use. Before the team commander even starts his operation plan, he should receive a “threat matrix” from a detective indicating what level of response (if any) would be required from the team. The document we used on my team had a numbered scoring system that dictated the level of response from the SWAT team. Utilizing such documents will reduce your exposure to mistakes and litigation.

Safe and Efficient

SWAT teams are safe and efficient. When facing a high-risk warrant service, barricaded gunmen, suicidal subject(s), hostage situation, or acts of terrorism, a well-trained, well-equipped tactical team can save your city a lot of grief.

The negative press comes on the rare occasion when commanders make mistakes such as using a NFDD (flash bang) when young children are known to be in the home, or deploying the team to apprehend a person that isn’t a threat just to get your team some practice serving warrants.  The most common mistake is hitting the wrong door.
 
These mistakes grab headlines and feed the anti-SWAT crowd, but they are also avoidable with proper tactical planning (hence the threat matrix and 16-page operation plan).

Black helicopters and mysterious warriors exist. They are America’s answer to the evil men that the anti-SWAT crowd wouldn’t dare face. We will make mistakes but we are duty-bound to do what we can to minimize the chances of mistakes occurring.

Stay safe!
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Post  Anti Federalist on Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:15 pm

So far, in 2013, there have been 22 cops shot.

That is down 29 percent from 2012, which was record low.

It has never been safer to be a cop.

A very simple reason for that and for the record low level of violent crime?

Millions more people are armed.
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Post  Anti Federalist on Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:18 pm

Now, for us Mundanes?

Maybe not so much.

Oh, and BTW...a "distraction device" is a grenade.

107-year-old Arkansas man dies in shootout with S.W.A.T.

9:59 AM, Sep 8, 2013

http://www.thv11.com/news/article/278849/2/107-year-old-Arkansas-man-dies-in-shootout-with-SWAT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A 107-year old Pine Bluff man died Saturday after a shootout with officers and S.W.A.T. members. The Pine Bluff Police Dept. released the following information about the incident on Saturday evening.

"On September 7, 2013, at approximately 4:25 p.m., Officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department responded to a disturbance at 1411 W. 16th.

When they arrived, they were able to determine that an Aggravated Assault had occurred against two people at the residence. The suspect, Monroe Isadore (M, 107 years old), had pointed a weapon at them. The officers had the two victims leave the residence, for their safety, and approached the door to the bedroom where Isadore was supposed to be.

When officers announced themselves, Isadore shot through the door at them. No officer was hit or injured by the gunfire. The officers retreated to a safer area and supervisors and additional help were called. Supervisors began negotiating with Isadore as soon as they arrived. S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) was also called out.

Negotiations continued for some time and when S.W.A.T arrived, negotiations still continued. S.W.A.T. was able to insert a camera into the room, where Isadore was, and confirmed he was armed with a handgun. S.W.A.T. inserted gas into the room, after it was evident negotiations were unsuccessful, in hopes Isadore would surrender peacefully. When the gas was inserted into the room, Isadore fired rounds at the S.W.A.T. officers that had inserted the gas from outside a bedroom window.

Shortly afterwards, a S.W.A.T. entry team, inside the residence, breached the door to the bedroom and threw a distraction device into the bedroom. Isadore then began to fire on the entry team and the entry team engaged Isadore, killing him.

The investigation is still ongoing."
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Post  News Hawk on Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:15 am

It's been 20 years, but I recall a police chase in Puerto Rico that ended at a "Section-8" multi-story housing compound. The police officers were being fired upon by the residents!

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In some places in the US, fire departments won't respond to a fire call without a police escort.

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Post  WHL on Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:21 am

I thought of you when I read that about the 107 year old man, Anti.
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Post  News Hawk on Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:46 am

This puts him out of the running for "America's Oldest Man". They could have starved him out—turned off the water and electricity. Since this began with a report of "aggravated assault", 'wonder if dementia was involved?

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Post  Anti Federalist on Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:11 am

News Hawk wrote:This puts him out of the running for "America's Oldest Man".  They could have starved him out—turned off the water and electricity. Since this began with a report of "aggravated assault", 'wonder if dementia was involved?

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They could have, had they looked at their role properly.

But since cops are now a standing army of occupation, things like this happen on a daily basis.



"While on patrol outside the Green Zone, Squad Delta-7 encountered an armed hostile.

Hostile was ordered to comply.

Compliance was not immediate.

Hostile was terminated, using established Circular Force Continuum model.

After Action and Clean Up team notified.

No asset casualties reported.

Mission accomplished.

Return to Base"
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