ALERT: Wisconsin’s combined regional SWAT task force

By Lt. Dan Marcou

Colonel Ardant du Picq, a noted military theorist who lived in the middle of the nineteenth century, is widely credited with saying, “Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare attack a lion. Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability, and consequently of mutual aid, will attack resolutely.” This is the essence of a system being put together in Wisconsin that will deliver enhanced tactical capability through specialized critical equipment, advanced tactics, and a highly coordinated response plan in the event of major incident.

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While some still argue on the most politically correct terms for these murderers and what term should be used to identify this life and death struggle there are some leaders, who prepare. In Wisconsin, like other states, funds were received from Homeland Security to help meet and deal with this threat. The Office of Justice Assistance was selected to oversee the use of these funds through a statewide strategic plan that hardens Wisconsin as a terrorist target. This plan included development of a law enforcement specialty team task force equipped and prepared to respond to and mitigate terrorist, WMD, or other catastrophic events.

A comprehensive security plan has been developed and will be implemented within the next year. This initiative has been labeled ALERT — Aligned Law Enforcement Response Team.

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