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The rise of paramilitary police forces: "For the last half of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland,

The Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention released the first batch of statistics. They were predictably unsettling. For the last half of 2009, SWAT teams were deployed 804 times in the state of Maryland, or about 4.5 times a day. In Prince George’s County alone, which has about 850,000 residents, a SWAT team was deployed about once a day. According to an analysis by the Baltimore Sun, 94 percent of the state’s SWAT deployments were to serve search or arrest warrants, leaving just 6 percent that were raids involving barricades, bank robberies, hostage takings, and other emergency situations. Half of Prince George’s County’s SWAT deployments were for what were called “misdemeanors and nonserious felonies.” More than one hundred times over a six-month period, Prince George’s County sent police barreling into private homes for nonserious, nonviolent crimes. Calvo pointed out that the first set of figures confirm what he and others concerned about these tactics have suspected: SWAT teams are being deployed too often as the default way to serve search warrants, not as a last resort.


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And all my friends and acquaintances want to know why I have been trying so hard to leave MD.

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Where exactly do SWAT teams prep up for their runs?

I'm guessing there are special staging areas in police stations? Or other locations? Anyone familiar with typical ops here? Just curious.

What would the Founders do?


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