RE: Claire's last column on the overuse or misuse of SWAT teams...I am sure she will generate a firestorm of disagreement (apparently, something not foreign to her), but there seems to be a large kernel of truth there. As I see it, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If all you want to do is use your tac team, everything looks like it requires a dynamic entry.
I'm not nor will I ever will be a SWAT operator. I have been on SWAT raids though, and for example, to watch the LA Sheriff's SEB work is a thing of real beauty. We need SWAT, but her stats and/or anecdotal evidence clearly reveals that many agencies want to use their "cool tool" in situations where a different solution may well be better suited.