Columbia Police Department changes some SWAT team procedures
Monday, May 10, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. CDT;
updated 6:25 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 10, 2010
COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department has changed its process for deciding
when to use its SWAT team for drug busts, Police Chief Ken Burton
announced at a news conference Monday.
The decision to conduct a raid
will now be made by a higher ranked member of the department and will be conducted while children are present only "under the most extreme
circumstances." But the department has not changed its SWAT team policy
on dogs in the wake of a public outcry over the SWAT team raid in which
a child was present when one dog was killed and another was wounded.
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