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Posted: 12/7/2001 9:04:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/7/2001 8:57:12 PM EDT by AFARR]
I read through most of the posts on "SWAT are useless thread", and have seen repeats of the same for a while here. OK--honest opinions from LEO's and others: Should there be Local Control of the situation--the SWAT senior guy on the scene, or the "brass" back at the police station? I can see problems with both scenarios-- The SWAT leader on the scene may push it too far, and you run into a "Ruby Ridge" scenario--Shoot the people you see, even if they are not a threat. Or, he gets a possibly erronious report of an officer down, and has everyone go in with guns blazing--in the end, the bad guys killed, some hostages shot, and possibly some officers now shot also. The Brass may wait too long--fear of lawsuits, looking bad in the press, etc, may keep the officers out of the building while people are dying. I would venture a guess that a happy medium may be the answer--a non-SWAT commander on the scene that calls the shots. He trains with the team to see their capabilities, but is not allowed to go in with them. He can balance the needs to keep the people in the building alive with the need to keep the shooting to a minimum if that is what is indicated. He has complete control locally during the situation--no outside interference, but he has to answer to the brass afterwards. They (more than one is needed) are on call the same as the SWAT members are, and are expected to show up at the scene when the team does.
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 12:08:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/10/2001 12:18:40 AM EDT
Most of the incidents I know of the "brass" shows up at the SWAT CP (command post). So it's locally controlled by the brass. I would imagine that is less of an issue in LEA's that have full time SWAT teams that are used to multiple call outs per week and "planned" type incidents. SWAT usaully has a commander, that is in charge of the team, but who stay in the CP. Then there are squad leaders, and element leaders. Most teams break down their tasks so that people have assigned roles, sniper, scout, breacher, perimeter, shield man, and so on. Some teams also incorpoarate K-9, EMS, and EOD into the team structure.
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