“You Can’t Shoot or Arrest a Wildfire.”
So said truly one of many speakers during a seven hour meeting in Oakland on the 26th of February, 2019, at which Urban Shield had a heart attack. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors kept their word from a year ago and voted to end Urban Shield “as it is currently constituted,” approving recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee it created that would give Urban Shield a new heart, a new name, and a new purpose.
Whether they, and the people who came out in support, can carry through, or whether the Alameda County Sheriff can emerge with a zombified, or perhaps undead, Urban Shield through legal blood-sucking and political intimidation remains to be seen.
But one thing is clear. The people spoke. And someone finally listened.
Check out some of the coverage in the local press:
Here are some of the recommendations adopted:
- Removing SWAT deployment scenarios from law-enforcement exercises
- Eliminating the requirement that SWAT teams participate in the program
- Eliminating the Vendor show
- Emphasizing de-escalation in all exercises
- Prioritizing exercises based on the likelihood and severity of disasters
- Eliminating the competition aspect of exercises
- Changing the name Urban Shield