Far out Almond, what on earth did they think had happened to him to send the SWAT team?!
Aus cops are nowhere near that extreme, we have the TRG (tactical response group), which is basically like SWAT, but they cost a lot of money to mobilise so they don't get used very often... only if there's a situation that the normal cops can't cool down, or that's just too dangerous for them to even try. Or an arrest that has to be made and the person being arrested is armed and desperate.
My old riding coach was an ex-mounted-cop and the mounties have to spend 3 years as a normal cop before they're even considered... plus they have to go back to normal cop work every so often. And he quit because he just couldn't handle it any more. He's a really tough guy, so if HE quit because he couldn't handle the heat, then what hope does anyone have?
...and that's in Aus, we have some pretty bad crime but nothing on what the poor US coppers have to deal with :( I feel for them, I really do.