Robert CJ Parry has an op ed piece worth reading in the LA Times today. Titled “The LAPD’s assault on SWAT” and he asks simply do you want them to be an elite tactical police or reflect the wide ranging faces of the community?
Berta responded to my “what pet peeve would you want me to ask a cop” with this question that is very much on target with Mr. Parry’s well written essay. Berta asked:
“I’ve always wondered if race was considered when filling positions for patrol officers in the communities that they serve? Seems like a silly question & a direct response would probably be considered prejudiced. Years back I did observe a few patrols in Monrovia wherein one person was white and the other black…which doesn’t seem to be the case today. A female officer is brought to a site when a female offender is involved due to the possible legal ramifications (I assume) & so I’m wondering if it applies in each angle?”
Mr Parry sums up his op ed with the following bit:
“SWAT is too important to this city to be weakened in the name of political correctness. Unless the Police Commission or other officials act, the LAPD will make social experimentation a higher priority than tactical excellence.”
So which is it with SWAT…blend to fit the face of the community or pick the elite tacticians best able to get the job done?