http://nypost.com/2015/01/30/nypd-to-launch-a-beefed-up-counterterrorism-squad/The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests â€” riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear â€” under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to â€œadvanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,â€ responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand-jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.
â€œIt will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,â€ Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.
â€œIt will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these instances.â€
The department will do away with the current system that pulls cops off regular assignments to provide a beefed-up presence at certain hot spots in â€œcritical incident.â€ vehicles
The unit, which will be operational by summer, will be assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau.
If you get a chance, this is probably one of the best documentaries of the this decade.Excellent documentary that explores the topics from above:
Former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.