Good Guys wear black... It's not just the name of that old Chuck Norris movie from 1978 (yes, I am old enough to remember it)... it is a literal truth, at least in my world.
As a lawman, I spent the initial part of my career weaing blue... as in a blue uniform. Most people in America associate the color blue with law enforcement... even if the local cops in your area wear brown, or grey, or green.
Later on in my career, even to this day, the color of my uniform changed... to black. As in tactical black, as in SWAT team black. To tell you the truth, my days as a SWAT guy are pretty much over. I'm not as young as I used to be, and my knees are pretty bad, so busting down the door with the young 'uns is no longer an option.
These days I train the next generation of good guys who wear black. I teach them what to expect when they "go through the door". Most importantly, I teach them how to shoot the bad guys (if they have to) once they get in.
In SWAT operations the reason we wear black is all about intimidation. Oh, don't get too wound up about it, we aren't trying to scare the public... the whole reason for said intimidation is so that the bad guys will realize that they are up against the first team, and that if they don't give up, their time on earth is likely to be very limited in the future.
Unfortunately, SWAT teams often get a bad rap for being too aggressive or too forceful. It is sad, but sometimes it happens. For all of the training and prepearation that goes into SWAT operations, sometimes bad things happen... but to tell the truth, statistically, it is quite rare. The way it works in the real world is that if we are coming to get you, you did something REALLY bad.
I am exceptionally proud of the people that I train, and I am proud of the job that they do. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Quit now, bad guys... because if any of the people I have trained are coming through the door to get you, you are in a world of hurt.