For the first time since its inception, the SWAT team of the Los Angeles Police Department–the most respected group of its kind in the world–has a brand-new sidearm: the Kimber Custom II.
The First SWAT Team
On August 11, 1965, as a young police officer with the Los Angeles Police Dept., assigned to what is now the Southwest Division, I was embroiled in the first Watts riot, one of the most lawless and violent incidents in American history. It took two weeks to return order to the city.
As a result of that riot, the LAPD formed a special unit to deal more efficiently with all critical incidents. The first element of this unit was in place by 1967 and was called the Special Weapons And Tactics team. Its acronym–SWAT–would influence law enforcement around the world!
Working under the LAPD’s highly specialized Metropolitan Division, today’s LAPD SWAT team is a far cry from the 1960’s version. Growing in number of officers and increasing in refinement, the team has stayed on the cutting edge of the constantly changing science of resolving crisis incidents. A SWAT cop’s priorities ar...