Special Weapons And Tactics TePaper Rating: Word Count: 1427 Approx Pages: 6
Special Weapons and Tactics Teams, or SWAT Teams began in the 1960's, due to the increasing number of hostage situations and of barricaded suspect incidents. Many law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have implemented or have access to some form of SWAT team. Contrary to the view the media has depicted of SWAT teams, they are highly disciplined, well-trained law enforcement officers, who will only use deadly force when absolutely necessary. "When people think of SWAT, they think of what they see in the movies and on TV. In a half-hour show, they'll kill five or six people ” and most SWAT teams won't do that in an entire lifetime. SWAT teams use tactics to prevent shootings, and SWAT, if anything, is a life-saving organization. That's the thing the public doesn't understand (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1999/05/06/ loc_swat_teams_sharpen.html). They are committed to protecting the lives of innocent victims (Kolman ix).
In response to violence in the early 1960's, American police services began to use some military strategies against armed and barricaded suspects. SWAT teams originated at the Los Angeles Police Department under the command of Daryl F. Gates. After the Watt's r