SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams stand at the forefront of modern law enforcement, merging daring, life-or-death tactics with cutting-edge police technology. These elite units conduct paramilitary operations in full view of the media, performing missions ranging from hostage rescue and apprehension of violent felons to drug raids and natural-disaster relief. SWAT Teams traces the history of special police teams worldwide, examining their techniques, tools, successes, and failures.
Modern law enforcement agencies fight crime on many levels, from the street to the boardroom to cyberspace. In many ways the history of modern civilization is the history of crime and the battle against it. As society and technology have become more complex and connected, so have criminal enterprises and the police organizations that oppose them. Each book in the Law Enforcement Agencies series traces the evolution of a specific police force or unit from its inception to the present. The series explores the full range of crime fighting tactics in use today, from the cop on the beat to high-tech surveillance and computer forensics.