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Transit Police disbanding SWAT team, unit part of the team responsible for finding Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON — Transit Police have announced they are disbanding their SWAT team.

According to Transit Police’s Superintendent Richard Sullivan, the decision comes after careful consideration of the use of their resources.

Sullivan says the SWAT team, which was part time, has not been used in several years and has been cut down to five or six officers.

“The leadership of the TPD made the wise decision to use our precious and scare resources were they will have the most beneficial impact for our riding public and the communities we serve,” Sullivan said.

The Transit Police’s SWAT team were part of the team that worked to locate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 and were the ones who arrested him.

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