Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Birth of a SWAT Team

Yesterday, there was a press conference to announce the formation of "a combined special force that will respond to high-profile crimes and emergencies." Arthur Cusano reports on the event in today's Register-Star: "Shared tactical response team unveiled." 

The article reports that HPD Chief Edward Moore is "aware of concerns voiced by some city residents about a perceived militarization of his department." The chief is quoted as saying, "I am in tune with their sensitivities about militarization, but I think just like a fire department has a specialized team to attack certain dangers, this is a team that's trained to attack certain dangers. It's not an issue of military-style police patrolling the streets, it's more or less getting a higher level of training."

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