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Posted almost 6 years ago

 

So I want to be a Police officer. But the thing is I don't want to stay doing that I want to rank up to be in SWAT. What would it take besides heart dedication and love for the job. Do I need to score high on every test I take including the P.O.S.T ?, Is there a special invite of some sort ? Whats the deal let me know??? THANK YOU

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

The deal is by each department on how they select their candidates for SWAT. It usally takes a few years of experience before you can apply. Thne you take physicals and interviews so that they can select the best applicants and then train them.


It has a lot to do with your job performance and how well you get along since this is a group effort. They look at everything you have done and go through your service records, same as any promotion. If you are a physically aggressive type who enjoys working out and being on a strict team with a good reputation and clean record, you stand as good a chance as anyone to get picked.


 


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Dedication and love for the job have nothing to do with it. In a significant amount of departments, because I hate using the words "in all departments" - you need what is called a "hook" or a "rabbi" - as we say in the NYPD - either "the hookis alive" or "the hook is dead" - "Long live the hook".


Once you enter a department you'll familiarize yourself to the individual departments' politics.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Physical fitness is a huge part of it. You have to be in tip top condition. It's like applying for a job within a job. A lot of times they select people who they think will make it. Just work hard at doing a good job, and make your desires known early on.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

After spending 3 years on my departments SWAT. First you have to have experience. Then you must prove yourself to be trustworthy and loyal then be in good shape and health if not excellent (excellent is where you should strive). Be an acurate marksman and be able to respond as soon as possible in all types of weather and to any circumstance. Also a "dutch uncle" is very helpful

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Most depts don't look at initial entrance stuff. Like its been said, it usually takes years of experience and there is a testing process to get in, mostly involving PT, stress, and shooting.


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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

Without trying to beat a dead horse, you have to pt your ass off and improve your shooting skills.  You need to strive to be more proficient than the guy next to you in EVERYTHING.  You also MUST be open to constructive criticism.

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Rate This | Posted almost 6 years ago

 

I think everyone has already mentioned a lot of what is neccessary for you to become a SWAT operator.  One thing that I haven't heard mentioned yet is "COMMITMENT"  It takes a lot of committment to be an operator.  Committment to your physical training, committment to your accurracy and committment to your team members and the public you serve.  This can be very demanding  especially if you have a family !  I don't know how many birthdays, school plays and family functions I've had to miss or ditch out on when the call came.  COMMITTMENT IS ESSENTIAL!!!!!


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I am a current SWAT officer on my current Dept. and was a member of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT unit on my previous Dept.  What both wanted was experience, good physical agility (testing required), and good firearms skills (high scores).  If you were on SEAL Team 25, but did not know  the law or procedure, you aren't gonna make it.  If you passed the Bar exam, but can't run ten feet, you ain't gonna make it.


Both processes required a resume, interview, physical testing and shooting testing.  Some teams require a psych.  Like any other unit within a police department, experience was key.  Worry about getting on a department 1st!  Once you get you feet wet and learn the job, then start thinking about jumping into specialized units.


Never go into this job thinking that you are going to do this or that within a dept.  You may never realize that dream and become bitter.  Most SWAT teams are part-time and work as patrol officers.  Most departments test and interview every few years and create eligibilty lists.  It's just like testing to become an officer.  Good luck.


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