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19th Jan '16 10:47:33 AM nightkiller
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* "SWAT" is the term used to refer to special response units belong to local county governments in the United States, with federal law enforcement branches having their own equivalents (for example, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team). The SWAT name has also been used in the following countries:
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* "SWAT" is the term used to refer to special response units belong to local county governments in the United States, with federal law enforcement branches having their own equivalents (for example, the FBI field office SWAT teams and the Quantico-based FBI Hostage Rescue Team). The SWAT name has also been used in the following countries:

* The only exception where the SWAT name is not utilized in the United States is in New York City. 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.
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* The only exception where Many U.S. cities don't use the SWAT name is not utilized in the United States is in New York City.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.
6th Dec '15 4:15:42 PM Nohbody
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* The ''{{VideoGame/SWAT}}'' installments of the ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' games obviously involve this, eventually progressing from a point-and-click adventure game to a top-down tactical simulator to tactical squad-based [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 3}} first-person]] [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 4}} shooters]]. The ''SWAT'' games heavily emphasize the use of proper police procedure: cuff every enemy, collect evidence, report all injured or dead people, always announce your presence and demand surrender before firing, and ''especially'' emphasis on trying to take down suspects alive. The latest game in the series is ''SWAT 4'', made by {{Creator/Irrational Games}} (the team behind ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock'').
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* The ''{{VideoGame/SWAT}}'' installments of the ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' games obviously involve this, eventually progressing from a point-and-click adventure game to a top-down tactical simulator to tactical squad-based [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 3}} first-person]] [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 4}} shooters]]. The ''SWAT'' games heavily emphasize the use of proper police procedure: cuff every enemy, collect evidence, report all injured or dead people, always announce your presence and demand surrender before firing, and ''especially'' emphasis on trying to take down suspects alive. The latest game in the series is ''SWAT 4'', made by {{Creator/Irrational Games}} Creator/IrrationalGames (the team behind ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock'').''VideoGame/SystemShock 2'').
6th Dec '15 5:43:14 AM Ominae
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* Japan does not have any units formally called "SWAT," but their closest equivalents would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Assault_Team Special Assault Team]] under the National Police Agency. They operate as a mixture of regional/city-based SWAT teams and the FBI's HRT as they're deployed in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, Fukuouka and Okinawa on a case-by-case basis if the local special police unit need assistance or the [=NPA=] deems it necessary for their intervention. Most of the time in the said places, they act as the city/prefectural SWAT unit. ** Other cities/prefectures have their own special police units to act in the place of the SAT in a local situation. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police has the Special Investigation Team. The Osaka Prefectural Police has the Martial Arts Attack Team. Chiba Prefectural Police has the Assault Response Team. Saitama Prefectural Police has the Special Tactical Section. The Kanagawa Prefectural Police has the Special Investigation Section and the Aomori Prefectural Police has the Technical Special Team with the Hiroshima Prefectural Police has the Hostage Rescue Team. *** For the Akita/Iwate/Ibaraki/Miyagi/Fukushima/Tochigi/Shizuoka/Aichi/Mie/Fukuoka/Nagasaki Prefectural Police, their local SWAT-style units are also called the SIT, named after the [=TMPD=]'s own unit. ** The Japan Coast Guard has the Special Security Team, its own anti-crime/terrorist unit that operate in Japanese territorial waters.

* Japan does not have any units formally called "SWAT," but their closest equivalents would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Assault_Team Special Assault Team]] and the Special Investigative Team under the National Police Agency.
4th Dec '15 12:31:49 AM JackTheHammer
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* Japan does not have any units formally called "SWAT," but their closest equivalents would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Assault_Team Special Assault Team]] and the Special Investigative Team under the National Police Agency.
4th Dec '15 12:28:28 AM JackTheHammer
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* The Japanese drama ''S: The Last Policeman'' (which is based off of a manga) features a fictional police squad called NPS ([[WordSaladTitle National Police Safety Rescue]]) which is stated to have the ideal combination of the mobility of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Assault_Team SAT]] and the investigative skills of the SIT (Special Investigative Team). The movie sequel ''S: The Last Policeman - Recovery of our Future'' also has SAT, SIT, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Security_Team SST]] units in it as well.
21st Oct '15 4:24:16 AM Ominae
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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]].

* 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]].
17th Oct '15 4:17:00 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{VideoGame/SWAT}}'' installments of the ''PoliceQuest'' games obviously involve this, eventually progressing from a point-and-click adventure game to a top-down tactical simulator to tactical squad-based [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 3}} first-person]] [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 4}} shooters]]. The ''SWAT'' games heavily emphasize the use of proper police procedure: cuff every enemy, collect evidence, report all injured or dead people, always announce your presence and demand surrender before firing, and ''especially'' emphasis on trying to take down suspects alive. The latest game in the series is ''SWAT 4'', made by {{Creator/Irrational Games}} (the team behind ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock'').
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* The ''{{VideoGame/SWAT}}'' installments of the ''PoliceQuest'' ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest'' games obviously involve this, eventually progressing from a point-and-click adventure game to a top-down tactical simulator to tactical squad-based [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 3}} first-person]] [[{{VideoGame/SWAT 4}} shooters]]. The ''SWAT'' games heavily emphasize the use of proper police procedure: cuff every enemy, collect evidence, report all injured or dead people, always announce your presence and demand surrender before firing, and ''especially'' emphasis on trying to take down suspects alive. The latest game in the series is ''SWAT 4'', made by {{Creator/Irrational Games}} (the team behind ''Franchise/{{BioShock}}'' and ''VideoGame/SystemShock'').
4th Oct '15 12:54:56 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' is about the Strategic Response Unit, which is an Emergency Response Team-type unit.
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* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' is about the Strategic Response Unit, which is an Emergency Response Team-type unit.unit based in a CityWithNoName (filmed in Toronto, Canada). Much like the original ''Series/{{SWAT}}'', nearly every episode has them responding to a major incident that in real life would be a rare event.

* The TV series ''[[Series/{{SWAT}} S.W.A.T.]]'', which the above-mentioned film was based on. Generally what happens is a crisis goes down that requires SWAT attention, the SWAT team gears up and piles into its infamous "War Wagon", and the criminals give up the second they see SWAT on the scene.
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* The TV series ''[[Series/{{SWAT}} S.W.A.T.]]'', ''Series/{{SWAT}}'', which the above-mentioned film was based on. Generally what happens is a crisis goes down that requires SWAT attention, the SWAT team gears up and piles into its infamous "War Wagon", and the criminals give up the second they see SWAT on the scene.
3rd Oct '15 8:27:41 AM StarSword
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better quote, same movie
->''"You're either SWAT or you're not."''
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->''"You're either SWAT or you're not.->''"S.W.A.T. is a life-''saving'' organization, not a life-''taking'' one. That's why the FBI and Secret Service come here to train with us."''
3rd Oct '15 8:07:16 AM StarSword
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May also be referred to as ESU (Emergency Service Unit) in the many shows about NewYorkCityCops.
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