Beefing up security

The TD is reporting that Police Chief Bryan Norwood has added SWAT officers to weekend patrols… On Friday nights, four SWAT officers are on patrol from about 8 p.m. until 3 a.m., with one two-man team focused primarily on the north side of the James River, and the other team on the south side. On […]

The TD is reporting that Police Chief Bryan Norwood has added SWAT officers to weekend patrols…

On Friday nights, four SWAT officers are on patrol from about 8 p.m. until 3 a.m., with one two-man team focused primarily on the north side of the James River, and the other team on the south side.

On Saturday nights, a third two-man team is added to float throughout the city.

Their marked squad cars are loaded with equipment such as rifles, helmets, shields, body armor, breaching rams and Tasers, so they can get to them quickly. But city residents shouldn’t expect to see officers patrolling in full tactical gear.

The concept isn’t that they wear this stuff and they walk out of the car looking like RoboCop,” Assistant Chief David M. McCoy said.

Why the hell not?

Full story here.

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  1. Well what *is* the concept? Like are we on the lookout for Hans Gruber or something?

  2. I guess to be a stealthy SWAT team?

    Isn’t the cool thing about a SWAT team that they swoop in looking all badass and stuff? Perhaps seeing some RoboCops walking around is just what those whipper-snappers need to straighten up their act.

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