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21st Aug '16 4:02:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* BritishCoppers have these as well, easily recognisable because they're the ''only'' uniformed police who openly carry firearms (Officers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary[[note]]who guard Britain's Nuclear reactors - Britain' [[UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm nuclear weapons]] are guarded by the Miltiary, rather than Civlian, police[[/note]] or Protection Command[[note]]whose remit is the protection of senior politicians, members of the Royal Family, and Diplomats[[/note]] may also carry weapons, but you're pretty unlikely to see one in your day-to-day life). The Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime and Operations Specialist Firearms Command, [=SCO19=] (Previously known as S019 or C019) is probably the most famous, thanks to BritainIsOnlyLondon. Of about 130,000 police officers in the United Kingdom, only about 6,600 are Authorised Firearms Officers, and Specialist Firearms Officers who train on SWAT-type tactics are even rarer - London only has about 70.

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* BritishCoppers have these as well, easily recognisable because they're the ''only'' uniformed police who openly carry firearms (Officers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary[[note]]who guard Britain's Nuclear reactors - Britain' [[UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm [[UsefulNotes/UltimateDefenceOfTheRealm nuclear weapons]] are guarded by the Miltiary, rather than Civlian, police[[/note]] or Protection Command[[note]]whose remit is the protection of senior politicians, members of the Royal Family, and Diplomats[[/note]] may also carry weapons, but you're pretty unlikely to see one in your day-to-day life). The Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime and Operations Specialist Firearms Command, [=SCO19=] (Previously known as S019 or C019) is probably the most famous, thanks to BritainIsOnlyLondon. Of about 130,000 police officers in the United Kingdom, only about 6,600 are Authorised Firearms Officers, and Specialist Firearms Officers who train on SWAT-type tactics are even rarer - London only has about 70.
17th Aug '16 11:38:20 PM Cinereous
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* Japan's Special Assault Team is featured in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' in the introduction to several characters' story modes foiling an attempted hijacking of an airliner. Naoto's story mode begin with the hijacking, but the SAT members are not actually seen as she isn't actually out on the runway. Aigis's story mode also begins with the hijacking, and it is only in her mode that we actually see the SAT operation as it unfolds. [[PoliceAreUseless They are completely useless compared to the Shadow Operatives.]]
14th Aug '16 12:34:28 AM Wooboo
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* The closest analogue to a SWAT team in Russia and the Former Soviet Union are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMON OMON]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMSN OMSN]] spetsnaz (formerly known as SOBR) which are under the authority of the MVD. Like many special purpose police units, they were formed after the Munich Olympics tragedy. There is at least one OMON unit in every oblast of Russia, as well in major cities. Like SWAT, they are rapid response paramilitary police units specializing in high-risk criminal arrests, counter-terrorism and cordoning. Unlike most SWAT teams however, OMON and OMSN can be called upon by the Russian authorities to serve in a war zone (OMON and SOBR/OMSN units saw service in both Chechen Wars and South Ossetian OMON took part in the 2008 war with Georgia). Outside of Russia, they have been largely disbanded in the post-Soviet era, but some nations (such as Belarus) still have OMON units.

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* The closest analogue to a SWAT team in Russia and the Former Soviet Union are the is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMON OMON]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMSN OMSN]] spetsnaz (formerly known as SOBR) which are is under the authority of the MVD. Like many special purpose police units, they were formed after the Munich Olympics tragedy. There is at least one OMON unit in every oblast of Russia, as well in major cities. Like SWAT, they are rapid response paramilitary police units specializing in high-risk criminal arrests, counter-terrorism and cordoning. Unlike most SWAT teams however, OMON and OMSN can be called upon by the Russian authorities to serve in a war zone (OMON and SOBR/OMSN units saw service in both Chechen Wars and South Ossetian OMON took part in the 2008 war zone, with Georgia). Outside of Russia, they SOBR being called to serve during the war in Chechnya. A former organization was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMON OMON]], an organization that acted as a special police unit with similar duties, but have since been largely disbanded replaced in Russia by the post-Soviet era, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Guard_of_Russia National Guard of Russia (FSVNG RF)]], which has taken over OMON's role, but some nations (such also takes on a wider scope of duties such as Belarus) still have OMON units.border patrol and security at state facilities.
3rd Aug '16 7:55:13 PM TheAussieBlue
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* ''VideoGame/ThisIsThePolice'' has SWAT Teams, along with many other types of officer.
26th Jul '16 8:53:45 PM Ominae
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* And the PNP also has a specialized counter-terrorism team, the Special Action Force.

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* *** And the PNP also has a specialized counter-terrorism team, the Special Action Force.
3rd Jul '16 6:54:09 AM dmcreif
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One of the more iconic, recognizable, and dramatic images of law enforcement, a '''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''nd '''T'''actics '''Team''' cuts an immediate and dramatic figure in any crime drama, police serial, or other story that immediately tells everyone present that the situation is deadly serious. They are usually called in for hostage scenarios, fortified and armed suspects, high-risk warrant raids, and terrorist threats. SWAT teams are easily recognizable, clad in black/blue clothing, helmets, body armor, and wielding heavy weaponry, special tactical gear, and armored vehicles. They usually wear masks, be they balaclavas or gas masks, both for practical reasons (most balaclavas are fireproof, and gas masks help when dealing with tear gas) and to help keep them anonymous and impossible to read.

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One of the more iconic, recognizable, and dramatic images of law enforcement, a '''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''nd '''T'''actics '''Team''' cuts an immediate and dramatic figure in any crime drama, police serial, or other story that immediately tells everyone present that the situation is deadly serious. They are usually called in for hostage scenarios, fortified and armed suspects, high-risk warrant raids, riot control, and terrorist threats. SWAT teams are easily recognizable, clad in black/blue clothing, helmets, body armor, and wielding heavy weaponry, special tactical gear, and armored vehicles. They usually wear masks, be they balaclavas or gas masks, both for practical reasons (most balaclavas are fireproof, and gas masks help when dealing with tear gas) and to help keep them anonymous and impossible to read.
30th Jun '16 6:34:06 AM dmcreif
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** In season 1's "Condemned", it's shown that one ESU team [[DirtyCop is in Wilson Fisk's pocket]]. And its members are so corrupt that they murder fellow officers who are not on the take.
** In season 2's "Dogs to a Gunfight," ESU is shown coordinating a police operation using Grotto as bait to lure the Punisher into a trap. They later try to shoot at the Punisher while he and Matt Murdock are engaged in fisticuffs on the rooftop.
** In a later season 2 episode, Frank Castle is considered a high enough risk prisoner (both to himself and other people) that an entire ESU team is assigned to guard him while he's recovering in the hospital.

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** In season 1's "Condemned", it's shown that one ESU team a [[DirtyCop corrupt ESU squad]] is in shown to be working for Wilson Fisk's pocket]]. Fisk. And its members are so corrupt that they murder fellow officers who are not on the take.
take, with an ESU sniper gunning down Detective Blake (who had become a liability to Fisk) and two other cops (to cover it up), while the team that enters the building stab and kill a patrol cop Matt Murdock had left tied up, and then kill off Vladimir.
** In season 2's "Dogs to a Gunfight," ESU is shown coordinating a police operation using Grotto as bait to lure the Punisher into a trap. They later try to shoot at the Punisher while he and Matt Murdock are engaged in fisticuffs on the rooftop.
** In a later season 2 episode, **ESU are shown on scene when Frank Castle is arrested in the cemetery. While he's recovering in the hospital from being tortured by the Kitchen Irish, he's considered a high enough risk prisoner (both to himself and other people) that an entire floor is cordoned off for him and guarded by an ESU team is assigned to guard him while he's recovering in squad.
**ESU are later shown standing outside
the hospital.courthouse after Frank Castle escapes from prison and DA Reyes gets killed.
24th Jun '16 7:58:10 AM dmcreif
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* ESU teams appear at times throughout ''Series/BlueBloods'', responding to a variety of situations (including guarding Frank after he's been shot).

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* As a show that revolves around the NYPD, ESU teams appear at times throughout are a regular feature of ''Series/BlueBloods'', responding to a variety of situations (including guarding Frank after he's been shot).



* The [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] and the Port Authority don't have a dedicated SWAT unit. Instead, the functions of a SWAT team (high risk warrant raids, hostage situations, counterterrorism, security details, etc.) are one of many duties given to the Emergency Services Unit. ESU is assigned to handle any situation that requires advanced equipment and expertise, which include SWAT, serious car accidents (rollovers and extrications), building collapses and more.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] and the Port Authority don't have a dedicated SWAT unit. Instead, are unique for law enforcement entities, in that the functions of a SWAT team (high risk warrant raids, hostage situations, counterterrorism, security details, etc.) are one of many duties given to the Emergency Services Unit. ESU is assigned to handle any situation that requires advanced equipment and expertise, which include SWAT, serious car accidents (rollovers and extrications), building collapses and more.
**That said, the NYPD does have one ESU team that is strictly SWAT operations. It's known as the Apprehension Tactical Team or the "A-Team". It was founded in 1989 in order to supplement the ESU's sometimes overwhelming requirement to perform raids throughout the city (at the height of the crack epidemic). The A-Team strictly performs tactical missions which, on a day-to-day basis are typically High-Risk search warrants. The A-Team is widely considered to have the highest operational tempo of any US tactical team, sometimes performing as many as 8001000 missions per year. The team can be called upon to support any unit within the NYPD, federal law enforcement agencies or outside police departments upon official request for tactical entries. Members of the A-Team are also utilized as tactical and firearms trainers both within ESU and to other NYPD units. The A-Team has participated in many of the city's most notable criminal take-down operations. Members of the team are recruited from within ESU, based on team needs and assignment to the team is highly selective. A-Team members are still required to maintain all of their periodic ESU certifications and proficiencies, and must be able to support the ESU on any type of operation should the need arise.
22nd May '16 9:16:42 PM dmcreif
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* SWAT teams first came into existence in the 1960s. The first SWAT team was a 100-man specialized unit established by the Philadelphia Police Department in 1964 in response to an alarming increase in bank robberies. The police wanted to be able to react quickly and decisively to bank robberies while they were in progress, by utilizing a large number of specially trained officers who had at their disposal a great amount of firepower. The tactic worked and was later soon to resolve other types of incidents involving heavily-armed criminals.
*SWAT as we currently know them in municipal law enforcement was best refined by the LAPD. After the Watts Riots in Los Angeles in 1965, the LAPD began considering tactics it could use when faced with urban unrest, rioting or widespread violence. Daryl Gates, who led the LAPD response to the riots, would later write that police at the time didn't face a single mob, but rather "people attacking from all directions." There was the fear of lone or barricaded gunmen who might outperform police in a shootout, as happened in Austin with Charles Whitman.
22nd May '16 8:59:21 PM dmcreif
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One of the more iconic, recognizable, and dramatic images of law enforcement, the Special Weapons And Tactics Team cuts an immediate and dramatic figure in any crime drama, police serial, or other story that immediately tells everyone present that the situation is deadly serious. They are usually called in for hostage scenarios, fortified and armed suspects, high-risk warrant raids, and terrorist threats. SWAT teams are easily recognizable, clad in black/blue clothing, helmets, body armor, and wielding heavy weaponry, special tactical gear, and armored vehicles. They usually wear masks, be they balaclavas or gas masks, both for practical reasons (most balaclavas are fireproof, and gas masks help when dealing with tear gas) and to help keep them anonymous and impossible to read.

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One of the more iconic, recognizable, and dramatic images of law enforcement, the Special Weapons And Tactics Team a '''S'''pecial '''W'''eapons '''A'''nd '''T'''actics '''Team''' cuts an immediate and dramatic figure in any crime drama, police serial, or other story that immediately tells everyone present that the situation is deadly serious. They are usually called in for hostage scenarios, fortified and armed suspects, high-risk warrant raids, and terrorist threats. SWAT teams are easily recognizable, clad in black/blue clothing, helmets, body armor, and wielding heavy weaponry, special tactical gear, and armored vehicles. They usually wear masks, be they balaclavas or gas masks, both for practical reasons (most balaclavas are fireproof, and gas masks help when dealing with tear gas) and to help keep them anonymous and impossible to read.



SWAT teams in fiction are often inaccurately portrayed as opening fire immediately on suspects, or otherwise being TriggerHappy, or even deliberately killing suspects who present no immediate threat. In reality, SWAT serves as a life-saving police unit. The ideal objective when a SWAT team is sent in is that ''everyone''--hostage, bystander, operator, and suspect--comes out alive. SWAT officers have very specific procedures they usually have to follow; for example, a SWAT officer is supposed to clearly identify himself to a suspect, and can only open fire if the suspect raises a weapon or otherwise presents a threat to the life or safety of another.

In recent years, the deployment of SWAT teams in real life has been increasingly called into question. Originally intended to respond to situations that, typically, would be unlikely to be encountered even once in any given officer's entire career, the vast majority of SWAT deployments are now to execute arrest and search warrants, often against non-violent offenders. Radley Balko's non-fiction book ''Rise Of The Warrior Cop'' covers a lot of the history of SWAT - noting that in the standoff with the Symbionese Liberation Army, the SWAT team asked for a Grenade Launcher and were told in no uncertain terms that they did not have permission to obtain or use one. Fastforward to the present day, and ''hundreds'' of surplus grenade launchers, fifty-calibre machine guns, and armoured vehicles have been [[http://www.vice.com/read/the-pentagon-is-giving-grenade-launchers-to-campus-police-904 given to Police forces across America]] - despite the fact that [[http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence violent crime has been declining for decades]].

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SWAT teams in fiction are often inaccurately portrayed as opening fire immediately on suspects, or otherwise being TriggerHappy, or even deliberately killing suspects who present no immediate threat. In reality, as the page quote shows, SWAT serves as a life-saving police unit. The ideal objective when a SWAT team is sent in is that ''everyone''--hostage, bystander, operator, and suspect--comes out alive. SWAT officers have very specific procedures they usually have to follow; for example, a SWAT officer is supposed to clearly identify himself to a suspect, and can only open fire if the suspect raises a weapon or otherwise presents a threat to the life or safety of another.

In recent years, the deployment of SWAT teams in real life has been increasingly called into question. Originally intended to respond to situations that, typically, would be unlikely to be encountered even once in any given officer's entire career, the vast majority of SWAT deployments are now to execute arrest and search warrants, often against non-violent offenders. Radley Balko's non-fiction book ''Rise Of The Warrior Cop'' covers a lot of the history of SWAT - noting that in the LAPD standoff with the Symbionese Liberation Army, the SWAT team asked for a Grenade Launcher and were told in no uncertain terms that they did not have permission to obtain or use one. Fastforward to the present day, and ''hundreds'' of surplus grenade launchers, fifty-calibre machine guns, and armoured vehicles have been [[http://www.vice.com/read/the-pentagon-is-giving-grenade-launchers-to-campus-police-904 given to Police forces across America]] - despite the fact that [[http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker_on_the_myth_of_violence violent crime has been declining for decades]].



** In India, the city of Delhi has a SWAT unit of its own in 2009 (Officially in action by 2010) to counter potential terrorist attacks in the city after the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 with the first of its officer trained by the National Security Guards and Israeli security contractors. The state of Punjab also has a SWAT unit, whose existence was officially announced to the public in 2009 with its first officers also trained by Israeli security contractors. In 2010, Aligarh has established a [=SWAT=] team within its own police force.
* Many U.S. cities don't use the term "SWAT". The [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] and the Port Authority have SWAT teams, just not under that name. There, SWAT team functions are one of many jobs undertaken by these forces' Emergency Service Units, which handle any situation that requires advanced equipment and expertise, such as car accidents, building collapses and hostage situations. Common titles in other jurisdictions include Emergency Response Team, Special Response Team, or Tactical Response Team.

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** In India, the city of Delhi has a SWAT unit of its own in 2009 (Officially in action by 2010) to counter potential terrorist attacks in the city after the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 with the first of its officer officers trained by the National Security Guards and Israeli security contractors. The state of Punjab also has a SWAT unit, whose existence was officially announced to the public in 2009 with its first officers also trained by Israeli security contractors. In 2010, Aligarh has established a [=SWAT=] team within its own police force.
* Many U.S. cities don't use the term "SWAT". The [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] and the Port Authority have SWAT teams, just not under that name. There, SWAT team functions are one of many jobs undertaken by these forces' Emergency Service Units, which handle any situation that requires advanced equipment and expertise, such as car accidents, building collapses and hostage situations. Common titles in other jurisdictions include Emergency Response Team, Special Response Team, or Tactical Response Team.Team.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] and the Port Authority don't have a dedicated SWAT unit. Instead, the functions of a SWAT team (high risk warrant raids, hostage situations, counterterrorism, security details, etc.) are one of many duties given to the Emergency Services Unit. ESU is assigned to handle any situation that requires advanced equipment and expertise, which include SWAT, serious car accidents (rollovers and extrications), building collapses and more.
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