William “Dub” Lawrence is an ex-sheriff of Davis County, Utah and in the 70s introduced a S.W.A.T. team into the district to protect the people he was serving. Over 30 years later, in 2008, that said S.W.A.T. shot his son-in-law dead during a stand off. Deeply saddened and disappointed by the lack of skill and professionalism carried out by the S.W.A.T. team, Lawrence takes it upon himself to investigate the incident in finer detail in order to find out the truth.
Peace Officer uses Lawrence and the incident of his son-in-law, Brian Wood’s death to look closer at the increased use of S.W.A.T. teams in the US. Starting from the introduction of S.W.A.T. teams over 40 years ago, to a more militarized police force, Peace Officer investigates the use of force by the police and how the impunity of the police seems to lead to a series of unanswered questions and lessened faith in law enforcement.
Directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber manage to make Peace Officer an excellent watch with a range of resources used and a perfect ‘protagonist’ in Lawrence. “Dub” personifies the journey of the police force from the 70s right up to today. He is a caring and determined man with a constant smile on his face, even though he and his family went through a terrible ordeal only years before filming took place.