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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

L.A. Times: Report Urges LAPD to change SWAT unit

Report urges LAPD to change SWAT unit

Some officers criticize its call to ease rigorous training so women can join and to reduce reliance on using force.
By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
March 18, 2008
A panel of law enforcement experts convened by Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to examine the department's elite SWAT unit concluded in an undisclosed report that the rigorous testing to get into the unit should be changed to make it more open to women, called for tighter supervision and criticized officers for relying too heavily on force over negotiations.

Those conclusions and others, included in a draft of the panel's confidential report obtained by The Times, have deeply angered several Special Weapons and Tactics Team members, who say the changes -- some of which already have been imposed -- are misguided and will probably weaken the specialized unit that is charged with handling hostage situations and other high-risk operations.

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Response: This is absolutely ridiculas! lowering standards so women can join! are you kidding me?! This is prime example of what a liberal does. Lowering the standards so a person who wasn't qualified physically or mentally to join an elite unit like SWAT because they think it isn't fair! If the LAPD goes with this, they minds well paint their black and whites, pink and white and change their uniforms to maids outfits.

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