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What are the basic requirements for an officer to be accepted into your agency's SWAT/SRT?

Unfortunately, in my agency, it has mostly been more cronyism than any actual ability to get on an SRT. :cry: There have been some excellent tactical officers in our agency, but many others would not have made the first cuts in a serious LE SWAT team.

In my agency, each office boss has had the ultimate authority about who would be on their team, or if they were to field a team at all. This has been mostly controlled by the prevalent political winds at any given time. (Our SRT program went to hell in a handbasket during the Billary years, and we are hoping that the pendulum will swing back someday.)

Only our AIR and Marine divisions ever had any real standardized requirements for going through advanced tactics and training.

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Mark: Regional Inter-agency teams are, IMHO, a very good thing. You normally get the best of several agencies, instead of settling for just the only talent that one agency can offer.

Regular SWAT training is an issue which is the most important concern to me. I feel, as does the NTOA, that a team should train a minimum of 8 to 16 hours, at least bi-weekly. Eight hours a week is preferred. There is no manager left in my entire agency that will make the time for his or her people to train this frequently, so I have opposed having an active team in my office. This has not been a popular position, especially with new people who wanna kick doors and take names, but once I explain it to them, they begin to understand the liability involved.

There was a time when we did train regularly in one office, but that was right after the L.A. riots and a subsequent major running gun battle that happened in '92. (In that incident, BTW, three good guys got shot and injured, but two bad guys bought the farm, and two other goblins were injured.)

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