Militarized police SWATs, but not at Columbine, VTech
Our Militarized Police Departments
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Crime
Radley Balko | July 2, 2007
I’m here to talk about police militarization, a troubling trend that’s been on the rise in America’s police departments over the last 25 years. Militarization is a broad term that refers to using military-style weapons, tactics, training, uniforms, and even heavy equipment by civilian police departments.
SWAT teams were originally designed to be used in violent, emergency situations like hostage takings, acts of terrorism, or bank robberies.