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WSJ

…Since the 1960s, in response to a range of perceived threats, law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M-16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield. The war on drugs and, more recently, post-9/11 antiterrorism efforts have created a new figure on the U.S. scene: the warrior cop—armed to the teeth, ready to deal harshly with targeted wrongdoers, and a growing threat to familiar American liberties….

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How insane and overpowering is it that in the past forty years, there has been a dramatic increase number of SWAT-like raids.

Along with the increase, comes bloodshed that far too often accompanies these raids not to mention the constitutionality of a militarized police state.

In 1970s, there were a few hundred SWAT-like raids a year.

During the early part of the 1980’s the number of SWAT-like raids increased to approximately 3,000 raids a year.

By the year, 2005, there were more than 50,000 raids and to make matters worse most federal agencies now have their own SWAT teams.

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Not to mention a police state that while strapped with all sorts of tools appears more each day to lack sensitivity and compassion.

Below is a list of government agencies followed by independent, state agencies, local and county agencies that have their own SWAT team.

Federal agencies

United States Department of Energy

  • Special Response Teams (SRT)
  • Special Response Force (SRF)

United States Department of Homeland Security

United States Department of Justice

United States Department of State

United States Department of the Treasury

National Park Service

Independent federal agencies

State agencies

Local/County Agencies

  • Alexandria Police Department – Special Operations Team (SOT)[which?]
  • Anchorage Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics(SWAT) Team
  • Arlington County Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Arlington County Sheriff’s Office CERT
  • Atlanta Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Atlantic City Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Atlantic County, NJ, Emergency Response Team (ACERT) (Muli-Agency team)
  • Austin Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Aurora Police Department, IL – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Bakersfield Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Baltimore Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Baltimore County Police Department SWAT
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit District Police Department – SWAT Team
  • Beverly Hills Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Broward County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Buena Park Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) – SWAT Team (Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • Capital Region Emergency Services Team (CREST) – (Multi-jurisdiction regional Team)
  • Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council (CCRLEC) – SWAT Team (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (CNHSOU)(Multi-Jurisdiction team)
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Charleston Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Chattanooga Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Chesapeake Police Department – SWAT Team
  • Chicago Police Department – SWAT Team
  • Cincinnati Police Department – SWAT Team
  • Cleveland Division of Police – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Cobb County, Georgia, Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Cobb County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office – Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department – Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU)
  • Columbus Division of Police – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Section
  • Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Police – Hostage Barricade and Terrorist (HBT)
  • Corona Police Department – SWAT Team
  • Dallas Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Denver Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Detroit Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, IL – Special Weapons And Tactics
  • Durham Police Department – Selective Enforcement Team (SET)
  • Escondido Police Department – Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Fairfax County Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Fulton County, Georgia, Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Fulton County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Felony Investigative Assistance Team (FIAT), Dupage County IL – Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia, Police Dept. – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Hampton, Virigina, Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office – Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Hillsborough County Fire Rescue – Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)
  • Houston Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Indianapolis Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Kern County Sheriff Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Kane County Sheriff’s Office, IL – Special Weapsons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Long Beach Police Department[disambiguation needed] – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Los Angeles Airport Police – Emergency Services Unit (ESU)
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) – Special Enforcement Detail (SED)/Special Weapons Team
  • Los Angeles Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Los Angeles School Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office – Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police – Special Operations Section Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Marietta Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC) – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Miami-Dade Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Police Department – Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • Montgomery Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland) – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit
  • Nashville Metro Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Navajo Nation Tribal Police – Special Operations Unit (SOU)
  • Newark Police Department – Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • New Orleans Police Department – Special Weapons Assault Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Newport News Police Department – Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)
  • New York City Police DepartmentESU
  • North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)(Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • North Miami Beach Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • North Texas Metro SWAT – Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team covering four counties near Dallas, Texas
  • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) – Emergency Services Team (EST)(Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • North County SWAT – Regional team operating in the Northern part of Orange County, California
  • Northwest Regional SWAT Team (NWRS) – Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team – Northwest Indiana (Lake County, IN)
  • Orlando Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Orange County Area Law Enforcement (OCALE) Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team – Regional team in Orange County, Texas
  • Orange County, California, Sheriff’s Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Orange County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Palm Springs Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Phoenix Police Department – Special Assignments Unit (SAU)
  • Phillidelphia Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT) Unit
  • Pima Regional SWAT – (Multi-jurisdiction regional team)
  • Port of Seattle Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Response Team (SERT)
  • Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team (Formerly the Tactical Respopnse Unit)
  • Portsmouth, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Prince George’s County Police Department – Emergency Services Team (EST)
  • Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office – Specialized Services Team (SST)
  • Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department – Special Enforcement Detail (SED)
  • Salt Lake City Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Diego Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Diego County Sheriff’s Department – Special Enforcement Detail (SED)
  • San Francisco Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • San Francisco County Sheriff’s Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Savannah Police Department – Emergency Rescue Team (ERT)
  • Seattle Police Department – Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Shelby County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Spartanburg Police Department – Tactical Neutralization Team (TNT)
  • Spokane County Sheriff’s Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Spokane Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Suffolk, Virginia, Police Department – Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Transit Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
  • South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT – Muli-jurisdiction team in suburban Chicago, IL)
  • Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Tacoma Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tampa Police Department – Tactical Response Team (TRT)
  • Tucson Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Tulsa Police Department – Special Operations Team (SOT)
  • Virginia Beach Police Department – Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
  • Washington County, Oregon, Sheriff’s Office – Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT)
  • Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department – Emergency Response Team (ERT)
  • Washington D.C. Metropo Transit Police Department – Special Response Team (SRT)
  • West County SWAT – regional Team operating in the Western part of Orange County, California
  • Westchester County Police – Special Operations Division
  • Western New Hampshire Special Operations Unit (Multi-jurisdiction team)
  • Wichita Police Department – Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Unit

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Source:  Wikipedia