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Starting a SWAT Team

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I am seeking any information on trying to start a SWAT Team. My biggest obstical is pitching it to the administration and City Gvmt. We currently use the Sherrif's Office team so it doesn't cost us anything unless they get deployed in the city. Any info on a sales pitch would be helpfull. Thanks in advance.


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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago


Couple of good ideas to look into in the SWAT group. If you're not a member yet put in a request and check out some of the posts on this topic.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago


Join the NTOA (National Tactical Officers Assoc) and ask for assistance from the guys and gals in the forums. They should be able to get all the info you need :)


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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago


Your best bet would be to create a multi-jurisdictional team.  Money is always a big issue with equiping, training, and staffing a team.  If that cannot be done, try looking into the Sheriff's Office being able to take some of it's area Agency's Officers onto their team.  Good luck and stay safe. 

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago


All of the aforementioned advice is worthy of noting, but the most important thing I can tell you is to be patient. I fought for the better part of 12 years to get my department to finally stand up a S.W.A.T team. I faced the exact arguments you are now encountering. The old line of " why take on the liability when the S.O. team can handle it".

 There is a couple of things that helped me out. The first being the recent rash of active school shootings, one of them happening close by my city. As sad as it is to say it takes an incident such as this to get the admin to pull their heads out of their arse, this is exactly what it took.

 The other thing was the fact that there are few LEO agencies that can handle multiple incidents going on at the same time. Luckily or un-luckily, however you choose to look at it, we had a few instances where we were looking for a murder suspect, and he was locked down in 1 of 2 or 3 possible locations. While the S.O. team was checking one, we had a rather inept response to the others. Another instance was a hostage stand-off and a school riot all going on at the exact same time. These are things that are too big for one agency to handle, unless you are a large agency, which it does not sound like you are.

 Another unfourtunate thing we faced, and I am not sure if it is the same for you, was a constant fight with people wanting to consolidate my department with the S.O. Our argument to the admin was how do you expect the people to stop talking about consolidation when we have everyone else taking care of our problems for us.

 These are just a few things. Ask to start a small unit of guys that can train together, that can put together a quick response for emergency situations to  "hold down the fort ". Once you get your foot in the door, grow it from there. Don't expect it to happen overnight, and once it does, don't expect to be operational for a couple of years. There is a lot of prep work and equipment to obtain to be able to accomplish even a small mission.

 Find guys in your department that know how to, or know people that can assist in making some of the items to cut cost, such as an entry ram that can be made out of steel pipe and steel plate for next to nothing or a tactical mirror made from a truck mirror and painters pole. It sounds archaic, but it gets the job done and the ball rolling. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance and advice from surrounding agencies and their team members, you will be surprised at how many guys are not only willing but anxious to help. Hope this helps.


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