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MAR 2019

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46 P O L I C E M A R C H 2 019 2009 STANDARDIZING SWAT e National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) had just established guide- lines for SWAT officers to follow on tactical operations when veteran SWAT officer Bob O'Brien explained in his article what they were and how they would affect officers. He wrote, "40 years after the creation of SWAT teams, the NTOA established the first-ever national SWAT standards. at's some- thing that many SWAT practitioners and observers consider long overdue." In 2015, the NTOA updated its SWAT standards and announced that "e new SWAT Standard has been renamed the NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard due to expansion beyond SWAT teams." is speaks to the evolution of incident response and the blurring of lines between tac- tical teams and patrol when it comes to not just who will respond to inci- dents but how and when. While there is no formal national set of guidelines for tactical operations that all officers must follow by law, the NTOA and other organizations con- tinue to update recommendations to improve law enforcement response as the concept continues to evolve. SEMI-AUTOS, SHOOTOUTS, AND SWAT STANDARDS IN PAST MARCH ISSUES, POLICE HAS COVERED HOW TO TRANSITION FROM REVOLVERS TO SEMI-AUTOMATICS, AWARDS FOR OUTGUNNED OFFICERS, AND THE FIRST NATIONAL TACTICAL STANDARDS. H MELANIE BASICH LOOKING BACK T oday's law enforcement officers conduct operations with certain strategies and equipment because of les- sons learned in previous generations. Let's take a peek at articles that mark major law enforcement changes in March issues of POLICE 10, 20, and 30 years ago. 1999 OFFICERS KEPT COOL IN SHOOT-OUT WITH ROBBERS e North Hollywood Bank Robbery in February 1997 is still remembered for its impact on law enforcement tactics and equipment. "Seven civilians and 11 officers were injured, and 350 officers were called to the scene. As the bullets bounced off the robbers, it became clear that they were wearing body armor and had plenty of semiautomatic weapons and bullets." e article goes on to say that the National Association of Po- lice Organizations (NAPO) "recognized 10 officers for their heroic efforts that day" during the Top Cops ceremony. Largely because of this televised and very public incident, law enforce- ment agencies nationwide recognized the need to equip more officers with long guns and armor-piercing ammunition so they would not be caught un- prepared for a similar situation in the future.

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