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Dear Editor:The Aspen Police Department (APD) would like to clarify the issue of a police “SWAT” team that was raised during the mayoral Squirm Night.Despite reports by the local media, the APD is not suggesting the creation of a “SWAT” team. APD understands that the resources and philosophies of the valley could not and would not support such an approach. However, it is important that the APD keep abreast of current police issues, ideas and operational methods.Some police officers will be receiving advanced training, which will enable the police department and other local agencies to determine future needs. Advanced training in hostage negotiations; building containment, injured officer and victim rescues; response to barricaded subjects and other high-risk scenarios would be of value. Such additional training would provide an extra layer of public safety should our valley encounter some of the disturbing situations occurring elsewhere.Please be assured the emphasis of the APD continues to be on a wide variety of public education and outreach efforts designed to prevent such terrible scenarios from becoming reality. As the old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”Richard PryorAssistant police chiefAspen Police Department


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