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DOJ official warns against 'dramatic expansion' of SWAT teams in local police departments

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SWAT team use has expanded by as much as 1,500 percent from 1980 to 2000, only to deploy in ever more minor situations, Peter Kraska, professor and chair of Graduate Studies and Research in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, estimates. SWAT teams arose in response to a legitimate need for police forces who could act in "serious violent emergency situations," Karl...

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