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How would I get onto a SWAT team?

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I was wondering what does it take to get on to the SWAT team, which Police Departments have them, and do I need to go to College and if so what should I Major/Minor in? I've always loved the kind of work Police Officers do and the fact that they risk their lives everyday for mine and many others. But I find just being a normal Police Officer to be a bit boring and so I thought of the SWAT team. I'm very interested in getting onto a SWAT team and any information about joining a SWAT team is very appreciated.

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I would assume you'd have to be on the police department, do some time on, then when they have openings, apply to take their tests/training and see if you are good enough. That's how our SERT team is.


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Actually, being on a SWAT team is more boring than being a "normal" police officer. Police officers go from call to call, where each call is different than the one before. SWAT teams are only called when they are needed for specialized work, which is not that often. In most departments you have to work a few years on patrol and have certain qualifications to be considered for "SWAT". Good Luck.

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First you would have to pass the Pysch Eval Mr. SadisticDeviant??? (strange signon name) Just messin with ya... Everyone is different so it depends on you and the department you choose.....but you will definitely have to pay your dues first and wait for an opening to come up....we have a part-time team so you would still have to do the Boring Police Stuff .....sorry - From my experience (short experience) I would never say that SWAT is boring....if it ever is then the Team Leader is not doing a very good job in training and getting warrants....

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If you find being a "normal" police officer (is there such a thing???) boring then you might be in the wrong career field. SWAT members need to be highly motivated who have worked the street for a couple of years learning our craft. In my agency, and others that I know, you must be one of the shining stars with high and productive activity, usually a training officer or at least a team player, proficient in the craft and an all around good officer just to be able to apply. There are very few agencies in the US that have full time SWAT teams so you will still have to do your original job, whether it is patrol, detective, or other job while having the SWAT as a collateral duty. Usually, you can't just "join" a SWAT team. You need to first prove that you are a good officer to your brothers and sister officers. After you have done that, you have to prove you are a good employee to your chief or unit commander; then you need to prove that you are a good candidate to the team. (If you see the progression it is proving yourself to other Officers, Command Staff and Team Members). You may have to take a test, a psych exam like tat2 joked about, then you have to be trained. After all of that, you have to continue to prove yourself, continue to train and continue to be a good officer.
I bring a different prospective (management) to some things, so I hope this helps a bit. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.....

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To get on our team you need to prove yourself on the road first. You need to be a team player and willing to sacrifice alot of your own time. Our dept. doesn't have a full time SWAT team, so you still have to continue your regular duties as well as train for SWAT. Once you are able to apply, the process consists of a physical fitness test, shooting course, and an interview in front of the entire SWAT team. Then our entire team will vote on whether or not you are gonna be a member and it has to be unanimous. If one person votes no, then you're beat and have to try again next time. The physical fitness test and shooting course are extremely difficult. You need to be a great shot too.

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I was "invited" to try out for our team. After accepting the invitation I was put through a physical assessment (the "Cooper" tests), then had to run through a shoot (have to score 90%+), then an oral interview conducted by the whole team. Out of the 4 of us that received the invitation, only two of us were asked to join.

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"..was wondering what does it take to get on to the SWAT team, which Police Departments have them, and do I need to go to College and if so what should I Major/Minor in?"

Physical and Mental "toughness", emotional maturity, and meeting the standards of your departments requirements. Certain positions may require college level training (i.e. TEMS, Negotiator, etc.), and even through it's not often a requirement to reach an education level other than the departments requirement - it doesn't hurt.

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WELL IM TRYING TO GET INTO THE LAPD, AND I KNOW THEY HAVE TO BE IN THE FIELD (STREET PATROL) FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS, THEN IF THERES AN OPENING YOU AHVE TO APPLY WAIT FOR THEM TO CONTACT YOU FOR TESTING, AND THEN IF YOUR LUCKY YOUR IN. HOPEFULLY GIVE ME A FEW YEARS ILL BE SWAT, AND THE WAY SWAT WORKS IN THE LAPD IS THEY WORK ABOUT 2 DAYS OUT OF THE WEEK ON PATROL, AND THE REST THEYRE EITHER SERVING HIGH RISK WARRANTS, OR ON CALL AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. EITHER WAY LA IS A PRETTY BUSY DEPT. SO HOPEFULLY I WONT BE BORED. THAT IS IF I CAN GET INTO SWAT MYSELF. QUICK ? DOES MILITARY EXPERIANCE HELP OUT IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SWAT, OR A SERT TEAM?

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socaltrash714 - I would say the Military experience would help you get on SWAT more than it would help you get hired........a strange chronological path would show something like this.........Military---->Learn the Civilian Police Culture---->Then mix your Military skills with Police Culture on a more extreme level...!

Coming from the Military it took me 10 times longer to get use to the PO-LICE Culture than it did SWAT. Once I got there, I felt right back at home.....:) Oh, and SWAT Selection, they usually start looking at people from day 1...not a couple of weeks out from tryouts.......They want (or atleast we do) Highly Motivated, In-shape, respectful, mature officers that can make on the spot decisions with confidence that would be tactically sound.....goodluck

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YEAH TAT2, HOPEFULLY MY EXPERIANCE WILL HELP ME IN THE LONG RUN WTIH THE SWAT TEAM. BUT I DO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT HAVING TO LEARN POLICE CULTURE. I MEAN WHEN I WAS IN THE CORPS IT WAS SHOOT FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER. WELL AS A LEO ITS ALOT DIFFERNT. AS AN LEO YOUR A "PEACE OFFICER" AS WHEN I WAS IN THE CORPS, WE WERE PRIMARY ENGAGERS.

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Great information from everyone. With our SERT team, you have to be off probation and pass a gruelling physical test to get on the hiring list

Myself, I don't plan on joining our SERT team anytime soon, but I do go to their training 2 times per month JUST to learn something. We do a lot of firearms training and muscle-memory type scenarios.

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There's been much discussion lately on the "Militarization of Police". Some people just don't seem to understand why the police need to dress in all black, wearing drop holsters and carrying assault rifles. These tend to be the same folks that live in a fantasy world where nothing bad happens to them. On the flip side, we are seeing the military adopt more of a police roll, especially with the urban conflict in Iraq. Seems like we are bridging the gap between warrior and peace keeper.

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Stletto, have you gotten to shotgun breach a door yet? Good times :)

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Take it easy with violence dave

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How did you find this site?

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Don't feed the trolls, SuperTrooper.

He's a moron who wouldn't know stealth and tactics if it bit him in the ass.

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You are really messed up

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Im not planning to be a SEAL

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does it count if you have arrested many seals and had them resist arrest they lost every time, they are also susceptable to occs ,asp, and pressure point and ppct.

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Everyone just ignore this guy. He is crazy.

In order to get onto our Dept. SWAT team you need to first apply. All of the applicants will then take a physical test, shooting, and an interview. The interview is in front of the entire SWAT team. At the end of the day the team votes whether to accept you or not. The vote has to be unanimous to get on the team. It was quite a diffucult day and took about 8 hours, but well worth it.

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5 years Basic Patrol minimum ,,, clear record no complaints and pass a rigorous physical test ,run 2 miles ,push ups ect. Range time and prior military is a plus. Cleveland Police has full time SWAT and does raids with narcotics detectives and warrants almost daily.

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Would you happen to know the amount of push ups and sit ups?

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Kanst du Deutsch Sprechen?

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very impressed.. how did you get the double ss letter on the computer

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I forget how spell a lot of it.... um... von einen lehrer

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and i taught myself a little

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wie weissen Sie Deutsch?

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Dave, how did you get the double ss symbol on the computer?

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I know Ich liebe dich

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