Thursday, February 7, 2008

SWAT Team Beauty Queen

I’ve been working lately in the Tactical Operations Center. There’s actually a TV…with the news! I’m very fortunate. As a news-junkie, I couldn’t be more content. I read reports, make timely and crucial decisions, analyze threats, write reports, and when there’s a lull (which doesn’t happen often), I can watch the news. It’s not a bad gig, to be honest. I work with a good crew too. I’m really fortunate.

Seeing the news report on the LAPD SWAT team member who’d been shot by a barricaded criminal, who said he killed three people, was terribly sad. My heart goes out to his family and his teammates. In the 90s I attended LAPD Advanced SWAT School. Lou, one of the senior members of the Special Weapons and Tactics team, died during one of our training exercises. It took a terrible toll on the morale of the whole team, as well as all of us, fellow police officers. Lou was speaking with me and giving me some suggestions just moments before he died.

The SWAT community is pretty tight. I have SWAT brothers (and sisters) all over the United States—and the world, for that matter. One of them is Lisa Lockwood. Lisa is my ‘cyber-buddy’. We met through my close buddies at Lisa has an amazing background. She’s a speaker, author and life coach. Her book is titled, Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team…a true story.

Check out her website at; her blog can be found at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You sit in the TOC? Tip of the sword buddy!! What someone see your shooting scores. Hope all is well!! Tony S.