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Opinion Review: S.W.A.T. TV Series and How it Can Address Real-Life Problems 


S.W.A.T. starts with Squad 20 consisting of five Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T ( Special Weapons and Tactics) officers. What makes them different from regular officers is they are highly trained as well as the last defense for regular police officers. Squad 20 is in hot pursuit of a gang of murderers who have killed a cop. The main leader of Squad 20 is Sargent Buck Spivit’s (played by Louis Ferreira) bullet, which was intended for the shooter meets a young boy named Raymond Harris (played by Louis Ferreira) who was caught in the crossfire.

Spivit quits because of the conflict this is creating with the black community and the new leader of Squad 20 becomes Sergeant Danial Haralson, nicknamed Hondo (played by Shemar Moore), who goes on to help calm down the conflict.

This is just a little of this amazing, action-filled, cheesy, comfort show that warms the soul and makes you want to get up and perform air karate from the comfort of your coach. But one of S.W.A.T.’s best features is taking real events and incorporating them into the segment which shows how people and officers alike are dealing with it.

How S.W.A.T. is able to incorporate real events into its show?

For example, in season 4 ( which aired in 2020 the time of the pandemic)  S.W.A.T took a different perspective than from most shows. Instead of going on like the pandemic never happened, they used it as an opportunity to show people how some groups were dealing with COVID-19.

From having to chase down a van that was trying to steal cleaning supplies to officers not being able to go home because some family members who are have a weak immune system or can’t afford to be exposed to COVID-19. S.W.A.T. is able to covered real-life things that were happening and shined it into a different perspective for it’s viewers to see.

They also addressed all types of groups from different ethnicities, showing how they live and their struggles. Even how people can help them.  S.W.A.T. shows people that though we all look different we all can relate to each other in diffrent ways. But one of the key things that S.W.A.T. helps represent is how police should be viewed.

S.W.A.T. taught people that police aren’t all bad and we shouldn’t judge them just because there are a couple of bad ones. This amazing television series shows that there are cops who want to help people regardless of race, gender, etc. There are many officers who want to serve and protect. There are many officers who want to make the world a better place. And S.W.A.T shows this perfectly.

S.W.A.T. is a TV series about police work but with a twist, this 6 season and still-running series is an action-packed and dramatic show. That keeps viewers intrigued with its intense moments but is also able to maintain a balance of emotions so we can have ties to the characters and grow with them as their lives progress. So, go watch  S.W.A.T. and try not to get the theme song stuck in your head. It’s really catchy.




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Brian Sandjong, Reporter
Brian Sandjong is a sophomore who is a part of class 2026 at Oakmont Regional High School and is a reporter for The Oakmonitor. This is his second year on The Oakmonitor and he is very excited to get to it again. Brian is also a part of Oakmont's Basketball team and is president of the class of 2026. He is smart, outgoing, and hardworking and strives to help make The Oakmonitor the best it can be.

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