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Police departments have a different job today compared to thirty years ago Not only are police required to serve and protect they must also now appease socially and politically the American public that they serve In particular when the necessity for police in crisis events arises departments must still be sensitive to the opinions of the public when employing their tactics As a result the current role of the special weapons and training teams or SWAT teams used in these crisis events has changed Due to certain recent events and changing public sentiment police and its SWAT teams across the nation have set aside traditional tactics Police consequently has employed more aggressive tactics in crisis events and because of this police has become more militarized in their procedures This problem can have chilling ramifications this new aggressive approach in police and SWAT can lead if unchecked to the police becoming overly aggressive Before this problem can be further explored a brief history of police SWAT teams must be provided The first specially trained police units were set up by the New York Police Department in 1925 Called the Emergency Service Unit 60 heavily armed police officers worked on cases involving criminal gangs and worked to combat the rapidly increasing number of murders and robberies In the 1960s the Los Angeles Police Department started the SWAT trend when future police chief Daryl Gates formed the first official Special Weapons and Tactics team with the purpose of providing specialized and highly trained police officers for assisting in the increasing number of heavily armed gang-related crimes Team members received special weapons training and learned how to handle police emergencies including how to rescue hostages Other police and sheriffs departments saw the success of the Los Angeles SWAT team and formed their own teams Today special training centers in the United States such as the North American SWAT Training Association NASTA and the
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