Ever since Charles Whitman was stopped by police after fatally shooting over a dozen innocent people in 1966 from his perch atop the University of Texas clock tower, "SWAT team" has become a household word. In this compelling book, police veteran Robert L. Snow takes us into the midst of the nation's heroic SWAT teams, allowing us to eavesdrop on harrowing negotiations between killers and cops. He gives us a balanced look at what SWAT teams do right and what they do wrong and recommends ways to improve their tactics in future hostage situations. While he gives no-holds-barred analyses of such dire failures as Waco, he also celebrates SWAT's greatest triumphs -- thousands of incidents in which no one was hurt. No policeman or citizen can afford to miss this harrowing yet hopeful look at society's main weapon against sudden terror.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.96(d)|
About the Author
Captain Robert L. Snow is presently head of the Homicide Branch of the Indianapolis Police Department and has been a police officer in Indianapolis for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a field officer, field sergeant, field lieutenant, field captain, Coordinator for the Field Training Officer Program, Commander of the Planning and Research Branch, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police, Police Department Executive Officer, and Captain of Detectives. He is the acclaimed author of STOPPING A STALKER; FAMILY ABUSE; SWAT TEAMS; and PROTECTING YOUR LIFE, HOME AND PROPERTY; and has contributed articles to a wide variety of publications, including Reader's Digest, the Writer, Action Digest, the National Enquirer, the Saint Magazine, Law and Order, and Police, among others. Captain Snow graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University with degrees in criminal justice and psychology. He lives with his wife Melanie, a narcotics detective, in Indianapolis.
Table of Contents
|1.||Why Have a SWAT Team?||1|
|2.||Qualities and Selection of SWAT Team Members||19|
|4.||Intelligence and Planning||51|
|5.||Command Post Operations||71|
|6.||Discipline and Teamwork||81|
|9.||Perimeters and Security||145|
|10.||Hostages and Hostage Negotiations||157|
|12.||Mobile Threats and Hijackings||203|
|13.||High-Risk Warrant Service||219|
|15.||Some Failures of SWAT||249|
|16.||The Many Successes of SWAT||273|
|17.||The Future of SWAT||289|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Captain Robert L. Snow gives great insight into what SWAT teams are really like in this book. He gives chilling details of actual hostage situations and standoffs. He tells what a police officer’s life is like and the problems that they have to deal with like media and victims’ families when things do not turn out well. I like how he gives the reasons why we need swat teams and then goes into some of the tactics that they use to neutralize targets. This book was very informative and once I started to read it I had a hard time being able to put it down. I did a ethnography on swat teams and this book was a great help because it gave us real facts into the teams and what they do and also the pressures that a lot of them have going into situations. It was also helpful because it made it so that I could ask them legitimate questions that weren’t just boilerplate questions. Overall this is a good book to read if you are interested in law enforcement.