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AUG 2018

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36 POLICE AUGUST 2018 Command College offers three levels of certification in SWAT leadership. e program consists of both self-paced online mod- ules and some class work. Students gain a huge breadth of tac- tical law enforcement knowledge, according to Eells. Courses cover the dynamics and capabilities of SWAT teams, the differ- ent types of tactics teams can use, and decision-making mod- els. "e program teaches commanders how to "sift through the noise and make informed and timely decisions," Eells says. One of the topics discussed in detail in the Command College program is the concept of time during SWAT missions. "ey learn how to use time and about good time vs. bad time and how to distinguish good time vs. bad time," Eells explains. To learn more about the NTOA Academy's Command Col- lege program, including courses offered and pricing, go to www. NTOA.org. EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY T he very concept of SWAT was developed around the idea of giving select officers special equipment and training so that they can accomplish particularly dangerous missions. at "W" in the acronym stands for weapons, and the special weapons available to SWAT have long been a focus of the popular imagi- nation regarding law enforcement tactical teams. But today, many of the weapons carried by SWAT, including rifles, are com- monly available to patrol officers. So the weapons are no longer that unique to SWAT. ColumbiaSouthern.edu/CJ ยป 877.347.6050 Located in Orange Beach, Alabama. Gainful employment information available at ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Disclosure. Accredited Online Criminal Justice Degrees Police officers face new challenges every day. At Columbia Southern University, we get it. at's why we offer flexible online criminal justice degrees that allow you to earn the promotion you deserve at your own pace, while keeping your current job a priority. Tony Tindell CSU Graduate Today, the equipment available to SWAT that's uncommon to patrol officers is primarily defensive. SWAT officers (and some patrol officers) now have very sophisticated gear to protect themselves from gunfire, including ballistic helmets; tactical vests with rifle plates; and ballistic shields, bunkers, and blan- kets. Eells says the increased access to rifle-rated armor is one of the most important improvements in SWAT operations. Gal- legos agrees and he lauds the manufacturers for making it more comfortable and easier to use. "It just keeps getting better and better," he says. Access to mobile rifle-rated armor in the form of armored res- cue vehicles is another area of SWAT operations that is improv- ing. rough grants and through the Department of Defense's 1033 program that makes surplus military gear available to law enforcement agencies, more teams have access to armored cars. In many areas of the country, multiagency SWAT teams share ar- mored vehicles through memoranda of understanding. High-technology tools are also improving SWAT operations, Improving SWAT Operations PHOTOS: FRANKLIN RAU

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