SWAT teams were created in the 1960s to combat violent events. Since then, the specialized teams have morphed into a force increasingly used in routine policing, most often to serve drug warrants,sometimes with disastrous results. Which raises the question – are we too militarized?
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SWAT: Mission Creep

The percentage of SWAT teams serving towns with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 has increased from 13% in 1983 to more than 80% in 2007. (Source: Peter B. Kraska, “Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police,” 2007)

Peter B. Kraska, a criminologist at Eastern Kentucky University, estimates that 80 percent of SWAT deployments are for serving drug warrants. (Source: Peter B. Kraska, “Militarization and Policing—Its Relevance to 21st Century Police,” 2007)

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