Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style
Andrew J. Harvey  More Info

What is a Hero?: The American Heroes Press Short Story Anthology
Hi Tech Criminal Justice  More Info

Swat Leadership and Tactical Planning : The Swat Operator's Guide to Combat Law Enforcement
Tony L. Jones  More Info

Swat Team: Police Special Weapons and Tactics (Power Series)
Hans Halberstadt  More Info

SWAT Team Manual
Robert Cappel  More Info

SWAT Teams: Armed and Ready (Blazers)
Miller  More Info

Swat Teams: Explosive Face-offs With America's Deadliest Criminals
Robert L. Snow  More Info

Police Dog Tactics
Sandy Bryson  More Info

Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior
Loren W. Christensen  More Info

Police Interviewing Styles and Tactics
Stephen Moston  More Info

Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

The Swat Cyclopedia: A Handy Desk Reference of Terms, Techniques, and Strategies Associated With the Police Special Weapons and Tactics Function
Richard A. Haynes  More Info

Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual For Military And Police Snipers
John Plaster  More Info

Swat Team: Police Special Weapons and Tactics (Power Series)
Hans Halberstadt  More Info

The Secrets of Police Aikido : Controlling Tactics Used by Law Enforcement Professionals
Bil Sosa  More Info

Federal Law Enforcement Careers: Profiles of 250 High-Powered Positions and Tactics for Getting Hired
Thomas H. Ackerman  More Info

Many Special Weapons and Tactics team operators have college degrees.

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United States Marine Corps Guide to Terrrorism
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An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming
Sid Heal  More Info

Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer
Charles "Sid" Heal  More Info

In 1969, Charles Sid Heal joined the United States Marine Corps.  After serving a combat tour in Vietnam, he returned home, joined the Marine Corps reserve and attended college. Commander Charles Sid Heal began his law enforcement career in 1975 as an investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office.  In 1977, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department as a deputy sheriff. During his law enforcement career, he has worked various assignments within the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, including Mens Central Jail, Firestone Station and Industry Station.


Upon being promoted to Sergeant in 1983, Commander Heal worked at Crescenta Valley Station and the Special Enforcement Bureau. After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1989, Commander Heal worked Central Property and Evidence, Firestone Station, Lennox Station, Hall of Justice Jail, Transit Services Bureau, Walnut Station, Emergency Operations Bureau, Special Projects Unit, and Field Operations Region III Headquarters. In January 2000, he was promoted to Captain and selected to command the Special Enforcement Bureau.


During his 35 years in the Marine Corps he has served in over 20 countries including military operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia and Iraqi Freedom.  Charles Sid Heal retired from the United States Marine Corps at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO5).


Commander Heal holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pasadena City College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Masters Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.  Commander Charles Sid Heal is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming.


According to the book description of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, In recent years, law enforcement has suffered a number of tactical fiascoes.  Besides the loss of life and deterioration in public confidence, officers and agencies have been the subject of both civil and criminal actions.  Unlike most tactical books, which reach tactics as a skill set, this book emphasizes an intuitive application of fundamental principles.  These principles have evolved over the centuries of tactical operations and form a body of sound doctrine.  Colonel John B. Alexander, Ph.D. the author of Future War commented on Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, Required reading for all law enforcement supervisors as well as those aspiring to enter their ranks.  Steve Ijames, Major, Springfield Missouri Police Department, remarked, A must read for SWAT team members and commanders alike. It will cause many to rethink their operational processes.


According to the book description of An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, This book is not about construction, although you will learn about building codes and practices. It is not about tactics, although the information gained by knowing a floor plan will undoubtedly affect them. Instead, this book is designed to provide a quick and simple method of confidently determining floor plans by using outside architectural features. It assumes no knowledge of construction or tactics and is designed to be useful whether it is read cover to cover or occasionally referred to as a reference. It provides time-tested, tried and true principles that any tactician can use to determine avenues of approach, observation and fields of fire, obstacles, and cover or concealment, not to mention where a suspect might be most vulnerable. Using this essential tool for quick and clear comprehension of tactical diagramming, even a novice tactical planner will learn to use windows, doors, vents and other clues to confidently determine interior features. After reading this book, it will be clear that the proverbial glass house is in the minds eye!

Military Guide to Terrorism for SWAT Commanders

Critical Incident Management
Vincent F. Faggiano  More Info

Vincent Faggiano retired from the Rochester Police Department at the rank of captain. He was responsible for the initial development of the BowMac Critical Incident Response training programs, both for first responders and executive command post managers. He has delivered these programs to thousands of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and elected officials in the United States and abroad.  He is the co-author of Critical Incident Management.  According to the book description, Critical Incident Management, shows you how to respond effectively to any incident. The book focuses on first responders and initial actions, the areas typically overlooked by police agencies and the ones most criticized after the fact.

Information on Chemical, Biological and Radiological warefare for tactical commanders

The SWAT Workout: The Elite Exercise Plan Inspired by the Officers of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams
Stewart Smith  More Info

The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander
John A. Kolman  More Info

Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams
John A. Kolman  More Info

Captain John A. Kolman, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (ret.), is the founder and first director of the National Tactical Officers Association.   John A. Kolman is the author of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander,  Patrol Response to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience and Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams. 


According to Commander Sid Heal, The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently, it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors. The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line supervisor. Especially poignant is the overall theme that doing nothing to prepare yourself to handle these types of situations is a recipe for disaster.

The Elements of Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiations: Critical Incidents and How to Respond to Them
James Greenstone  More Info

With 40 years of practice, and almost 25 years as a police officer James L. Greenstone, Ed.D., has expertise as a police psychologist, a therapist, a teacher, an author, a police officer, a mediator and negotiator, and as a consultant. The field of Crisis Intervention has been his focus.  For the better part of his career as a police officer, he has worked extensively in the field of hostage and crisis negotiations. As a mental health professional and consultant, and as a trainer of negotiators, as well as a member of hostage negotiations teams, he is knowledgeable about negotiator training, current practices in this area, dealing with suicidal and barricaded subjects, negotiations techniques, team development, and team and negotiator interactions with police tactical units. He has participated in numerous hostage, barricaded and suicidal situations, and has practical experience in all aspects of hostage and crisis negotiations team functioning.


Dr. James L. Greenstones book, The Elements of Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiations, is designed for day-to-day, on-the-scene use. It is a practical handbook for experienced professionals and novices that can also be used as a supplementary textbook for criminal justice, crisis intervention, and psychology coursework. Each chapter contains useful checklists, procedural notes, tables, strategy worksheets, and forms, and the book includes special indices for quick reference in addition to a traditional index. The book examines the negotiation process from start to finish, including pre-incident preparations, first response responsibilities, responding to the call-out, arriving at the scene, preparing to negotiate, making contact, preparing for the surrender, post-incident tasks, preparing equipment, and more.

The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units
Tomas C., Ph.D. Mijares  More Info

Ronald M. McCarthy served as a Los Angeles police officer for over twenty-four. He was assigned to the department's tactical unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ronald McCarthy was the chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986. He was the director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986 through 1988. Ronald McCarthy served as manager for IACP's Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1985 through 1992.


Since 1992, Ronald McCarthy has been the owner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, a training, consulting, and marketing resource for law enforcement. He has trained police officers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and more than 30,000 police officers and military here in the United States.


Ronald McCarthy was awarded the Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990. In 1995 the City of Erie, Pa., presented him with the All American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the United States. In October of 1996, Ronald McCarthy was awarded the National Tactical Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Ronald McCarthy is the co-author of The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units.  According to the book description, Managerial responsibility of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of new developments in relevant tactics, technology, and techniques of law enforcement and the legal issues covering their use. The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units explains the steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective response to increasing levels of violent crime. The book makes extensive use of actual field examples such as the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, the Mogadishu Airport Incident, the Springle Street Incident, and the confrontation between police and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Chapter Six discusses the various types and sources of equipment designed to give tactical units more effective technological choices and includes examples of practical application, and the advantages and disadvantages of use. It answers questions of law regarding when and under what circumstances the equipment may be used. Chapter Ten focuses on the partnership needed between law enforcement and the media. The importance of cooperation is stressed to ensure safety of police officers, hostages, news personnel, and bystanders during a hostage situation. Suggestions for establishing trust and credibility are presented. The final chapter explores tactical operations of the future when dealing with increasingly violent encounters with juvenile offenders, the phenomenon of suicide-by-cop, and the likelihood of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.

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