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Encyclopedia > Boston Police Special Operations Unit

The Boston Police Special Operations Unit is a specialized unit within the Boston Police Department responsible for combined duties involving traffic enforcement, crowd control, and special weapons and tactics (SWAT) services within the city. Boston Police Special ops File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nickname: Beantown, The Hub, Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... The Boston Police Department (BPD) is the police department with primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. ... SWAT is an acronym for Special Weapons And Tactics. ...


One unique feature of the unit is that the Special Operations Unit primarily relies on the use of Harley-Davidsons in their daily patrols. The use of motorcycles allows the unit to perform routine traffic enforcement; accompany parades, crowds, and visiting dignitaries; and to quickly travel to situations wherein the unit's SWAT skills are requested. Specialized trucks and support vehicles are also used to transport equipment and officers when needed. Logo on a 2003 Harley Davidson The Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HDI) is a manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


Some members of Boston's Special Operations Unit are currently involved in a controversy stemming from the death of Victoria Snelgrove. Snelgrove, an Emerson College student, was killed by a projectile fired by a pepper-pellet weapon used by Special Operations members during crowd control procedures following the Boston Red Sox's American League pennant victory in October 2004. The SOU has also been involved in anti-terror efforts and raids after the events of 9/11. Victoria Torie Snelgrove (Family Photo) Victoria Snelgrove (October 29, 1982 - October 21, 2004) was an American Boston Red Sox fan. ... Boston Red Sox American League AAA Pawtucket Red Sox AA Portland Sea Dogs A Wilmington Blue Rocks Greenville Bombers Lowell Spinners R Gulf Coast Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... 9-11 can refer to: The September 11, 2001 attacks A collection of interviews of Noam Chomsky by a variety of European publications and individual interviewers during the month after the September 11, 2001 attacks September 11 (month-day date notation) 9 November (day-month date notation) The North American...


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Encyclopedia: SWAT (4655 words)
The first SWAT unit was created in the city of Delano, California, in the 1960s in response to the farmworker uprisings led by the then-new UFW headed by Cesar Chavez.
The cause of the fire is officially unknown, although police sources speculated that an errant round ignited one of the suspect's molotov cocktails.
This kind of police unit quickly became well known with the premiere of the short-lived but notorious television series S.W.A.T. in the 1970s, which was panned as being overly violent and unrealistic with the characters regularly undergoing missions that usually happen only once in a lifetime for actual teams.
BIGpedia - NYPD Highway Patrol - Encyclopedia and Dictionary Online (888 words)
The unit -- then simply known as the Motorcycle Squad -- was enlarged as automobile traffic and speeding arose as major problems for the city, and in 1929, the unit was expanded to include armored motorcycles for use in anti-gang activities by the NYPD.
Until 1972, the unit remained primarily focused on the Motorcycle Squad, when in that year the motorcycle division was merged with the NYPD's Accident Investigation Squad to officially form the NYPD Highway Patrol.
The NYPD Highway Patrol is currently divided into five command units which correspond with the five boroughs of the city -- Highway Unit #1 in the Bronx, Highway Unit #2 in Brooklyn, Highway Unit #3 in Queens, Highway Unit #4 in Manhattan, and Highway Unit #5 in Staten Island.
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