In addition, why is it important to have a special tactical police unit?
"The development of SWAT is generally credited to the Los Angeles Police Department, in particular to then-inspector Daryl Gates, in 1967."
It's important to have a "special tactical police unit" because the SWAT handle "special" situations, such as the ones listed here:
and these are duties that regular police officers are not equipped to handle.
The next question would then be: why isn't every officer properly equipped to handle all kinds of situations from petty crime to terrorism? The reason is that becoming a SWAT element requires special weapons and training, and providing every single officer with those kinds of weapons and training would be very expensive for the police department.
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