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# Police officers in Smith County who receive Special Weapons

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Police officers in Smith County who receive Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
training spend considerable time in weapons instruction and practice. This time
spent developing expertise in the use of guns affects the instincts of Smith County
officers, making them too reliant on firearms. In the past year in Smith County, in
12 of the 14 cases in which police officers shot a suspect while attempting to make
an arrest, the officer involved had received SWAT training, although only five percent
of the police force as a whole in the county had received such training.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

(A) In an adjacent county, all of the cases in which police shot suspects involved
officers with SWAT training.
(B) SWAT training stresses the need for surprise, speed, and aggression when
approaching suspects.
(C) Only 15 percent of Smith County’s SWAT training course is devoted to firearms
lessons.
(D) Among officers involved in the arrest of suspects in Smith County in the
past year, the proportion who had received SWAT training was similar to the
proportion who had received SWAT training in the police force as a whole.
(E) Some Smith County officers without SWAT training have not been on a firing
range in years.
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07 Jul 2011, 17:45
A- Its irrelevant, talks about the other county
B- This is an opposite answer, it actually weakens the argument
D- IMO is the correct answer, since the Officers who have been involved in arresting suspects in Smith County is a mix of SWAT trained and Non SWAT trained officers(as proven by this statement), the data clearly adds up to prove that officers receiving SWAT Training are more prone to use their firearms, and thus are more reliant on them.
E- Its not concerned to the arguments stated in the passage
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07 Jul 2011, 19:37
Threw me off a bit at first, as I didn't notice the representation. I then asked myself, does Smith County police officers represent the police force as a whole?
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08 Jul 2011, 02:02
bschool83 wrote:
Police officers in Smith County who receive Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
training spend considerable time in weapons instruction and practice. This time
spent developing expertise in the use of guns affects the instincts of Smith County
officers, making them too reliant on firearms. In the past year in Smith County, in
12 of the 14 cases in which police officers shot a suspect while attempting to make
an arrest, the officer involved had received SWAT training, although only five percent
of the police force as a whole in the county had received such training.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

(A) In an adjacent county, all of the cases in which police shot suspects involved
officers with SWAT training.
(B) SWAT training stresses the need for surprise, speed, and aggression when
approaching suspects.
(C) Only 15 percent of Smith County’s SWAT training course is devoted to firearms
lessons.
(D) Among officers involved in the arrest of suspects in Smith County in the
past year, the proportion who had received SWAT training was similar to the
proportion who had received SWAT training in the police force as a whole.
(E) Some Smith County officers without SWAT training have not been on a firing
range in years.

**********************************
50 were made my SWAT trained officer.
50 were made my NON-SWAT trained officer.
***********************************
12 out of 50 SWAT trained officer used weapon
Just 2 out of 50 NON-SWAT trained officer used weapon
******************************************

While "D" strengthens the argument, the argument still assumes that the kind of criminals SWAT deals with is not different from the kind non-SWAT deals with.

Think of a situation, in which
Everyone arrested by SWAT possessed weapons and attempted to fire at SWAT officers in the process of arrest. Yet, only 12 got shot. Commendable!!!
None arrested by non-SWAT possessed weapons and only showed little to no resistance toward the arrest. Don't know how the 2 got shot. Perhaps, because the non-trained officers who took the shot were jittery and confused unlike SWAT trained who are usually composed even in extreme situation.

This question is okay because an argument may take multiple assumptions.
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16 Aug 2015, 22:33
fluke wrote:
bschool83 wrote:
Police officers in Smith County who receive Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
training spend considerable time in weapons instruction and practice. This time
spent developing expertise in the use of guns affects the instincts of Smith County
officers, making them too reliant on firearms. In the past year in Smith County, in
12 of the 14 cases in which police officers shot a suspect while attempting to make
an arrest, the officer involved had received SWAT training, although only five percent
of the police force as a whole in the county had received such training.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?

(A) In an adjacent county, all of the cases in which police shot suspects involved
officers with SWAT training.
(B) SWAT training stresses the need for surprise, speed, and aggression when
approaching suspects.
(C) Only 15 percent of Smith County’s SWAT training course is devoted to firearms
lessons.
(D) Among officers involved in the arrest of suspects in Smith County in the
past year, the proportion who had received SWAT training was similar to the
proportion who had received SWAT training in the police force as a whole.
(E) Some Smith County officers without SWAT training have not been on a firing
range in years.

**********************************
50 were made my SWAT trained officer.
50 were made my NON-SWAT trained officer.
***********************************
12 out of 50 SWAT trained officer used weapon
Just 2 out of 50 NON-SWAT trained officer used weapon
******************************************

While "D" strengthens the argument, the argument still assumes that the kind of criminals SWAT deals with is not different from the kind non-SWAT deals with.

Think of a situation, in which
Everyone arrested by SWAT possessed weapons and attempted to fire at SWAT officers in the process of arrest. Yet, only 12 got shot. Commendable!!!
None arrested by non-SWAT possessed weapons and only showed little to no resistance toward the arrest. Don't know how the 2 got shot. Perhaps, because the non-trained officers who took the shot were jittery and confused unlike SWAT trained who are usually composed even in extreme situation.

This question is okay because an argument may take multiple assumptions.

The language of D threw me off. D mentions figure related to arrests while the argument focuses on figure related to suspects shot.
Isn't D somewhat out of scope for the argument at hand?

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18 Aug 2015, 05:27
D does say "involved in the arrest of suspects", but if you read the stem carefully, you'll see that it's talking about suspects being shot during arrests.
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