Urban Shield Task Force Votes To Exclude SWAT Teams

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The second iteration of Alameda County’s Urban Shield task force is formulating their final recommendations to implement a resolution by the County Board of Supervisors to re-constitute the Homeland Security-funded annual disaster preparedness drill.

In a seven hour meeting, the five member task force voted for several recommendations, a bunch via an uncontested consent motion and a few more substantive ones on a 3-2 vote.

Among the more substantive recommendations were to:

  1. Eliminate the event’s vendor show – an expo of law enforcement products
  2. Ending the public ranking and scoring of the competing teams so evaluation changes from a “contest” to a standards-based evaluation system.
  3. Excluding SWAT teams from the UASI-funded training drills

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