There's no reason in the world that a community college police department needs its own SWAT team any more than do constables when larger, better trained and equipped agencies already have those resources. And the lack of professionalism demonstrated by firing one's internal critics demonstrates why I dislike the proliferation of small, specialty departments generally, much less their acquisition of military-style tools and tactics.
The Houston Community College Police Department is the subject of several investigations following the firing of at least three officers.
Those officers and others still on the force also have raised questions about Police Chief Gregory Cunningham's qualifications for the job, as well as his decision to create a heavily armed tactical unit.
RELATED: See this recent interview of Reason Magazine's Radley Balko (on Russian satellite TV, of all places) regarding the pointless proliferation of SWAT teams and their overuse:
SEE ALSO: Do small police agencies need redundant SWAT capacity? Budget crisis changing the debate. AND MORE: See this excellent, extended item from Drug War Chronicle titled "Reining in SWAT - Toward effective oversight of paramilitary drug units."