Disclaimer: The following is true; the names have not been changed, to embarrass the guilty.
There are few adjective-noun combinations that you want to avoid at all costs, drunken pilots, sleepy surgeons, happy Democrats -- well, add one more to that list -- softer SWAT Teams.
Southern California is arguably the most dangerous area of the country for law enforcement officers to work. The tens of thousands of police officers operating here understand that every call they get could be their last. That reality was underscored on February 7, when two members of the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit attempted a hostage rescue from a gun wielding gang member and were shot and wounded -- one remains hospitalized, one was killed. That officer was the first killed in the entire history of the LAPD SWAT team: they are that good. Cops in and around LA understand the risks, but they also understand that if things get hot, the SWAT team will be there to take care of the situation. In Los Angeles, when LAPD SWAT rolls up, bad guys know they have a world of hurt coming down on their heads.