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FOR THE MEDIA: A professional sniper* is a specially selected, trained, equipped SWAT team member, who makes use of his skills, training and equipment to gain a position of advantage, and provide real time information to the tactical team, to aid them in planning and executing a peaceful resolution to a critical incident. As a secondary function, the sniper provides lethal cover and protection to team members, innocent civilians, and hostages, and if necessary, can direct precision fire against designated, authorized targets.
The mission focus of the professional sniper is to save and safeguard lives.
We recognize the existence of the so-called sniper subculture. We know about the groupies, wannabes and enthusiasts to whom this is a hobby and a weekend fantasy. For the trained professionals we represent, this is our job. We do not take this lightly or view it as a game. Highly publicized incidents with so called "snipers" are criminal in nature and are nothing more than evil people doing evil things. Please, have the common sense not to confuse a professional police sniper with a criminal.
Not everyone in society has what it takes to become a police officer. Not every police officer has what it takes to become a SWAT team member, and not every SWAT member has what it takes to be a sniper. These people have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to their team, agency and the public they are sworn to protect. They are not trained killers, rogue warriors or "scary people." Snipers are ordinary people, who have taken on an extraordinary job. The title "sniper" is one we wear with pride. Real snipers save lives, every time they go to work.*