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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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