a reply to: queenofswords
Should law enforcement officers be equipped with plate carrier and helmet? Yes.
Most already have vests and gear in the cruisers.
But that's not anything different than an active shooter response kit.
Law enforcement equal, must change to be effective against criminals using better equipment.
Look at the 1920s mobsters, and how they outgunned and out drove police, because of the difference in equipment.
Police must adapt to the evolving criminal ways, so they dont become ineffective.
Law enforcement are not trained for counter terrorism. They are law enforcement, not a strike team. Yes, police have swat. But that's not counter
terrorism. It's hostage rescue mostly, with active shooter response only recently being added.
Now having said that, there are often times many prior service military who join the leo community.
They as individuals, may have some counter terrorism training and or experience.
Do we need counter terrorism training for Leo's?
Yes they do need it, but how much money can a Podunk backwoods small town police department afford to spend for a handful of deputy cops who may never
see anything worse than the local drunk peeing on granny O'Reilly...
Larger population areas, which have higher tendencies of violence, could possibly use a different style swat team. Maybe a swat qualified team of
officers who are all prior service, or have counter terrorism backgrounds.
These people who have said experience, are an invaluable asset to our populated areas. Age isn't even a factor, older men and women will have the
experience, so even if unable to operate, they can assist or train and advise.
I haven't conducted a counter terror operation in about 12 years, since the surge in 2007.
Maybe I'm not exactly current with tactics, techniques and procedures. But I can guarantee my experience, is better than Joe blows who has zero.
I do track that information, it's become habit for me now where it was once a hobby. I can talk about terrorists and their groups, like most men talk
I know terrorist groups the way average guys know football teams etc. I couldn't tell you who's playing in the Superbowl this weekend.
But I do know what aj shabab is up to, or where Hezbollah are located, and the difference them and hamass.
I know the tactics AQIZ use versus the Taliban, although I've only engaged AQIZ.
Point is, local "law enforcement" officers do know what they're signed up for, protecting and serving the community.
I'll bet my left nut, the majority of Leo's are not thinking they will face terrorists as a part of what they signed up for. Maybe more so now, than
ever, it may happen. But probably for big city cops over small town one.
Thats not to say the small town may be less prepared, they could have a whole Dept of Green Berets. Who knows.
But unless there's an exception, police are not counter terror. Even the FBI is not counter terror.
I've spoke directly with FBI about terrorism, and they told me domestic terror camps, are a military issue not theirs. FBI hands are tied, up to the
point that unless the terrorist is committing the crime, they can't do anything about it.
Imagine that, a federal bureau of investigation, that can't even investigate...