Radley Balko is known, among other things, for attempting to quantify the number of SWAT team raids conducted per year, which is made tough by tight-lipped police departments. Lucky for us, though, we (well, most of us) live in a county that releases an annual crime report, which includes this interesting statistic:

In FY 2010, the Special Response Team conducted 52 Tactical Operations involving Search Warrants, Vehicle Takedowns, Call Outs, and Buy/Busts.

In other words, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office alone conducts an average of one SWAT operation a week. It’s worth noting that this number doesn’t include operations conducted by local LEOs, like the Raleigh Police Department, or state and federal agencies.

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