<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Novus Ordo wrote:</div>Found some quite interesting things for the somewhat tame San Diego county – 147 bayonets, 38 rolls of concertina wire, 14 sets of camo anti-radar netting, 60 anti-glare scope covers, 150 sets of Snow Camo parka’s/trousers – along with approximately 127 M16′s and 34 M14′s and lots and lots of camo clothing. I can see the AR’s and maybe a few M14′s for a DM rifle, but all the rest of it? Unless one of you LE types can help out, I just can’t see the “need” for bayonets or snow camo? And they’re supposed to be able to “show use” for this? I’d hate to look at Los Angeles county…
IMO, even SWAT’s should wear the regular uniform color and not camo if for the sole purpose of remaining a bit de-militarized.
SDPD and others do “assist other agencies” across the state, including BP and others in the hills where it does snow.
Again, cheap camo makes for cheap training clothing.
The concertina wire, on top of chain link fencing. Why buy commercial when its already paid for by the taxpayers and can be put into use around the jail, auto impound, etc., for nothing more than the gas to go pick it up.
The problem with using PD blue for everything is the sun, which they have in SD. Stand out in the sun for any length of time and you start to really want to switch to Sheriffs khaki. Now lay down while on a hostage situation on a roof, and its even worse.
PD blue also attracts and shows every hair, bit of dirt and crud that you come in contact with. More often than not, I ended up at home changing my uniform before my shift was over.
Most swat callouts end peacefully, but the clothing takes a beating every time, durable and cheap (bdu’s) have their place.
I wore standard wool blend pants most of the time, I hate bdu pants, but would change to them when I knew I was going to get messy or damage them. At $80-100 a pair, the uniform pants are too expensive to trash unnecessarily.
The bayonets? We got a couple in the box with the rifles, didn’t even ask for them, more junk to put in a box and have to inventory.