Miami S.W.A.T.

by Jake, Age 11

It’s not a glamorous job, but it takes a brave person to be involved in a S.W.A.T. team. Just over 70% of victims at Jackson Memorial Hospital Miami are treated for gun wounds.

The Miami Dade Police Department is an intense force. S.W.A.T. stands for Special Weapons And Tactics. S.R.T is a division of the S.W.A.T. team which stands for Special Response Team. They have two armoured trucks and one truck isn’t that armoured—it’s used for warrants or other dispatch calls.

A warrant means the good guys go get the bad guys at their houses most of the time. The not-so armoured truck is like a big utility van. There are back seats that the S.W.A.T. team sits in and then once they get a mile towards the bad guys, they switch to a big armoured truck. That truck is called the “Bearcat.” It has seats in the back, but the team doesn’t use them. They hold onto the sides of the truck and stand on a small platform.

When the truck gets to the bad guys’ house, the team jumps off the truck and attaches a rope with a heavy duty hook at each end from the front of the truck to the barred front door. Once the hooks are attached to the truck and door, the truck backs up and the bar door screws come out causing the door to come off. The team has a sledgehammer man that gets his sledgehammer and wacks the doorknob and kicks in the door. The S.W.A.T. team rushes into the house looking for people, then they detain them.

Detain means they put the people in handcuffs, or they have special zip ties, and question them or search them. They are sent to the police
station and then sit in a jail cell. When their court date is given, if evidence proves them guilty, they will be sent to a federal prison.

People take police for granted, but we should be thankful. If the police and S.W.A.T. weren’t there for us, we all would be in danger.

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