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The department has posted the list, complete with pictures, on its SPD Blotter website. It includes floatation vests and binoculars, signage and gloves, pistol holders, a radiation detector and rifle sights “used by the approximately 130 officers who have passed the department’s rifle-certification program.”
“We have equipment that we feel is necessary for a city of our size,” Whitcomb told The Times. “The equipment we have serves a police purpose. Our No. 1 priorities are protecting people’s lives and looking after their well-being. Our second most important is looking after possessions and property.
“The gear that our department employees use … is primarily defensive in nature,” Whitcomb said. “Our equipment is police specific. We don’t have any military weaponry. The weapons we do own are specific to our profession. … No rockets, no predator drones, no cannons, no tanks.”
The department’s SWAT team does use a BearCat – an armored truck for situations where there may be gunfire, Whitcomb said, but such a vehicle is standard operating procedure for modern police departments.
“It’s used to get our personnel in and out safely, so we can rescue people and evacuate if necessary,” Whitcomb said. “You cannot do that in a sedan. Though we have put some armored plating on the doors in our cars. We also have purchased ballistic shields. It all goes back to the problem of gun violence in our country. … But ultimately we are a police service. We are not the military.”
So here’s the deal. To the Seattle Police Department, you are liars. I don’t believe you since you invoked a rarely used justification for having SWAT.
What you really want to do is use SWAT to save evidence by busting in doors and invading homes. Frankly, I don’t give a damn about your evidence collection. Find another way, including the old fashioned use of detective work. Or in other words, be thinking men and women rather than knuckle draggers.
You promise me that you’ll never use SWAT in incidents unless it involves hostages or active shooters, and I’ll take back my charge that you’re liars.
Any takers among the PDs who read these pages? I’m waiting.
And by the way, that picture of the police “sniper” shows it to be absolutely the goofiest setup on a rifle I’ve ever seen. I certainly wouldn’t use that setup. You can read more here if you wish. I’m just not interested enough to elucidate the details for you. Readers may wish to weigh in. And I wonder how the U.S. Marine Corps feels about this jerk wearing MARPAT?