SWAT Team Gone Wild (Part III- The Theory)

This is a little article from The North America SWAT Training Association by one James J. Scanlon entitled Dynamic Entries: Leasons Learned (yes, apparently SWAT experts cannot spell either).

It is hard to believe the Prince George County SWAT Team followed ANY of the guidelines listed before they broke into an elected MAYOR’S home and shot his dogs.

I wonder if the Maryland mission would be considered a success or failure? Maybe some intrepid reader will call the North American SWAT Training Association and ask for their professional appraisal.

Complete link:

Tantalizing Excerpt:

Tactical Response
March/April 2005
Dynamic Entries: Leasons Learned:
By: James J. Scanlon

Scouting Phase: The mission begins when we receive the request. We demand a great deal of information from the detectives, but we do so diplomatically. Most detectives don’t understand our needs, so we have to educate them. Many detectives think that we only need an address, when we actually need to know everything from the wording in the warrant to the backgrounds of the suspects. Are there kids in the house? Are there guns or dogs? Are there barricaded doors or lookouts? We have to sometimes pry this information out of the detectives, but our tactics will depend on the information they provide. Obviously, mission success depends on our tactics. Do we execute the mission during the day, or under cover of darkness? Do we deploy diversions and where should they be deployed? Will a ram work, or should we take a chain saw? Information is the key to success! Encourage your detectives to provide this information early, so you can complete a thorough scout. Some detectives wait until the warrant is signed, before informing their tactical team of an impending entry. Then, it’s rush-rush-rush! We need to convince them that we can better serve them, if we have plenty of notice.


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