SWAT Entry and Situational Tactics by Chris Grollnek
One of the nation’s top active shooter prevention experts, Chris Grollnek is a retired police officer and former Marine writes about; SWAT Entry and Situational Tactics by Chris Grollnek. The co-founder of CGPGMG, LLC he is one of a select group of individuals involved in more than one active shooter incident domestically.
During his time as a McKinney police detective, Chris Grollnek developed tactics for the deployment of special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams in the execution of evidentiary or arrest warrants in high-risk situations, as well as hostage cases. While on an active call out, Chris was involved in his first active shooter incident in 2007. The second came three years later at the McKinney Police Department when a gunman opened fire on the public safety building. Almost a year later, while vacationing with his family, Chris was on Cape Canaveral Blvd when his 14 year old daughter said there was someone in a shootout with police. These incidents gave a perspective of active shooter mitigation and interpretation through the eyes of a police officer/trainer, high risk SWAT entry member, and finally as a civilian family man. These three specific views assisted in developing strategies for police and civilians alike. This article focuses on police tactics to walk through for pre-deployment.
For high-risk warrant service, dynamic entry and deliberate entry are tactics commonly used by SWAT officers. Both options are widely considered highly effective depending on the tactical circumstances.
Dynamic entry, which is generally the standard tactic, focuses on speed, domination, and surprise. For larger threats, dynamic entry is typically considered the most expedient method. Since the speed of dynamic entry allows for the element of surprise, teams have the opportunity to suppress threats before they emerge.
Deliberate entry is based on similar principles. In contrast to dynamic entry, deliberate entry is typically undertaken at a slower and more methodical pace. Objectives can be cleared from the outside prior to entry. The team may verbally command individuals inside of a room to crawl out. Forcing others to train within these shifting dynamics will assist in that one out a X time that a gunman opens fire on you or your team.
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