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How SWAT Teams Work

A SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team is an elite unit within a police force, used for exceptional situations that require increased firepower or specialized tactics. Find out how SWAT team members train, what gear they use and how they conduct raids.

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  • Can an MRI machine also act as a lie detector?

    Can an MRI machine also act as a lie detector?

    It's possible that an MRI lie detector could detect truthfulness more accurately than a polygraph machine. How would it work? See more »

  • Do police really have speeding ticket quotas?

    Do police really have speeding ticket quotas?

    After you get a speeding ticket, you've probably mumbled (after the police officer left, of course) something about being stopped to satisfy a quota. Well, you're probably right. Lots of police departments have speeding ticket quotas. See more »

  • Do police really write tickets to make money?

    Do police really write tickets to make money?

    After you get a speeding ticket, you've probably mumbled (after the police officer left, of course) something about all this being some kind of racket. Well, you're probably right. Many police departments depend on traffic ticket revenue. See more »

  • How Bounty Hunting Works

    How Bounty Hunting Works

    Bounty hunting is a legitimate business and an integral part of the American justice system. Find out how bounty hunting works and follow bounty hunter Bob Burton on the search for a fugitive. See more »

  • How can police use drones?

    How can police use drones?

    Johnny Law has some new flying toys that could come in handy in the fight against crime. See more »

  • How Hostage Negotiation Works

    How Hostage Negotiation Works

    A hostage situation places innocent civilians directly in harm's way, and armed intervention places the hostages at even greater risk. Learn how a skilled negotiator uses psychology, instinct and deception to achieve a peaceful end. See more »

  • How Interpol Works

    How Interpol Works

    Interpol is an international police agency that tracks criminals across national borders. Lean about Interpol and find out how Interpol is organized. See more »

  • How Lie Detectors Work

    How Lie Detectors Work

    Think you're a good liar? A polygraph might disagree. By monitoring a few physiological signs, these machines know if you're being deceptive, even if you don't have a "tell." See more »

  • How Miranda Rights Work

    How Miranda Rights Work

    Any viewer of a TV cop show knows the Miranda rights. They include the rights to remain silent, to have an attorney and so on. Why are they called the Miranda rights, and why must U.S. police recite them to arrestees? See more »

  • How much do you know about famous riots?

    How much do you know about famous riots?

    Sure, you've never thrown a brick through a window or knocked over a car, but you just might be an expert on riots. That's because world history is full of these notable events, in which people turn their rage and angst about the world into violence. Find out how much you know about the details of some of the most famous riots of the past with this quiz. See more »

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