Originally Posted by etbob9
My main point about using so called SWAT teams is, to make them useful doing
things other than serving misdemeanor warrants, etc., and breaking down doors
of houses at the wrong address. These are usually locally self proclaimed poorly
trained part time posses.
I don't know of any SWAT teams in this area that are self proclaimed. All SWAT team members here go through 1 of 3 SWAT schools and get excellent training in all 3. They must all continue training after SWAT school throughout the year.
These standards are adopted from national standards across the USA. This means that MOST SWAT teams in other areas operate the same way as the SWAT teams here.
No SWAT team in this area serves misdemeanor warrants.
Nor has any SWAT team this area ever broken down a door of a house at the wrong address. Some of the members of our SWAT teams are reserve/part time, but they are required to receive the same training and participate in the same missions that all other members participate in.
SWAT is not a gang task force. It is a tactical team that responds to specific situations involving individuals who have barricaded themselves inside of a vehicle or structure, who are in the process of inflicting mass casualties, or who are holding hostages. They do not normally serve warrants. (Though some teams "practice" by assisting their departments with high risk no knock warrants.) They do not self initiate anything but are dispatched to a scene by a supervisor or administrative personnel.
Originally Posted by unclebear
I think people need to actually take up arms against these gangs in big cities the police departments are usually out manned by the gangs they do what they can but I just don't think it's enough.
I just don't see how killing a random person helps get people into gangs, why not some that actually means anything to the gang like a rival drug dealer or something not some kid from another country that has nothing to do with the gangs.
Gangs are criminal organizations. They have structure and territory. And they are not very active in most areas here in the USA.
The problem with violent crime in most areas is usually related to habitual offenders who get away with doing the same thing over and over again and are never punished for it. Those individuals are not normally organized among themselves beyond social groups of family & friends. Those habitual offenders do tend to live in specific areas within a city or municipality. These areas become high crime areas. When patrols are increased in high crime areas and actively make arrests, the crime rates in those areas tends to drop. When repeat offenders are given strong sentences and not allowed to "walk" crime rates also drop.
Citizens taking potshots at gang members won't help. Citizens "firing" bad police administrators, prosecutors, mayors and judges will. Citizens complaining and raising hell when repeat offenders or violent criminals "walk" will.