We might want SWAT at every public venue, but we just don’t have the money and resources to do it
In the wake of the October 1, 2017, Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the demand for police assistance skyrocketed at public venues. Although police departments had always been part of the preparations for concerts, sports games and other special events, the massive casualties inflicted in Las Vegas made governments and public venue organizers more aware of the risks and vulnerabilities associated with large gatherings of people.
In short order, SWAT teams throughout the United States found themselves overwhelmed with requests to provide security at public venues. The demand for SWAT-qualified immediate reaction teams, sniper-observer teams, K-9 handlers and explosive ordnance detail (EOD) teams placed a significant strain on the limited resources of most departments, and their SWAT personnel in particular. more