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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.
22nd May '16 8:53:29 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'', being set in New York City, does make use of the NYPD ESU teams very liberally.
**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.
22nd May '16 5:41:51 PM R1ck
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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 [[FacelessGoons anonymous]] and [[RedshirtArmy disposable]].

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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 [[FacelessGoons anonymous]] anonymous and [[RedshirtArmy disposable]].
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16th May '16 10:11:54 PM rodsantos
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* And the PNP also has a specialized counter-terrorism team, the Special Action Force.
19th Mar '16 3:47:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Both SWAT teams and FBI Hostage Rescue Teams appear in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' frequently, when police and the FBI close in on either the Connors or the machines hunting them. It almost always ends ''badly'' for them. Their usage here falls under WrongGenreSavvy in that Ellison knew he was against a serious threat and called out the HRT, assuming they could deal with any reasonable enemy. Unfortunately he was dealing with a [[ImmuneToBullets Terminator]] and SWAT teams don't bring anti-tank weapons.

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* Both SWAT teams and FBI Hostage Rescue Teams appear in ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' frequently, when police and the FBI close in on either the Connors or the machines hunting them. It almost always ends ''badly'' for them. Their usage here falls under WrongGenreSavvy in that Ellison knew he was against a serious threat and called out the HRT, assuming they could deal with any reasonable enemy. Unfortunately he was dealing with a [[ImmuneToBullets Terminator]] and SWAT teams don't bring anti-tank weapons.
18th Mar '16 10:53:27 AM KD
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* ''Series/{{SWAT}}'' is centered on one of these.
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'').
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