Police STAR team gets new name

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:59 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

In the mid-70s, the ABC television network had a show called “S.W.A.T.” that popularized the work of special tactical teams. In 1976, when the Columbia Police Department formed its own tactical team, it used the acronym STAR, standing for Special Tactics and Response team.