POLICE Magazine

AUG 2019

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26 POLICE AUGUST 2019 PHOTO: FR ANKLIN R AU/HT TPS://FSR AU.SMUGMUG.COM O ANSWERING SWAT CRITICS ANSWERING SWAT CRITICS IS SWAT OVERUSED? WHAT MISSIONS SHOULD IT BE ASSIGNED? IS IT TOO COSTLY? AND NOW THAT PATROL OFFICERS HAVE RIFLES AND OTHER SPECIAL GEAR, IS IT STILL NEEDED? DAVID GRIFFITH ne of the most common criticisms of contemporary law enforcement operations is that it is too milita- rized. Many libertarians, progressives, and activists oppose outfitting officers in tactical apparel, armor, and helmets and equipping them with rifles. So it's no surprise that they especially don't like the concept of SWAT. g

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