Two K-9 officers working with the team that morning were among those who took perimeter positions, while those on the entry team “stacked” behind the front door with ballistic shields and weapons drawn.
When the SRT knocked and announced they were there to execute a search warrant, Ludlow police records show that officers soon noticed a “male party” inside the house who appeared to be running away from the door.
SWAT stands for Students Working to Advance Technology is a national movement of student tech teams in schools.
SWAT team at Eastside began in Fall 2015 and the team members immediately began to have a positive impact on the technology in the school by helping their teachers and peers with a variety of technological needs.
In May 2015, then-President Obama signed an executive order leading to a ban on transferring certain types of surplus equipment to local police through a Department of Defense program known as 1033.
But the changes were mostly cosmetic, cutting off access to equipment that few local police had requested to begin with: .50 caliber guns and weaponized aircraft, for example.
Since SRT is rarely used — in over a decade it has been activated an average of just once or twice per year — tactical officers gain most of their experience through training.
As recommended by the standards of the National Tactical Officer Association, each Ludlow SRT team member spends roughly 5 percent of their on-duty time, or 16 hours per month, training for tactical operations.
Still, in response to pressure from the Fraternal Order of Police — the nation’s largest law enforcement labor organization — in September President Trump announced that he would rescind Obama’s order.
SWAT teams in small cities and towns that are not training to NTOA standards run the risk of “operational failures,” which may then lead to increased liability and exposure, according to attorney Eric Daigle.