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Daily life of a swat officer

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Posted almost 4 years ago

 

What is a typical day for a swat officer? Are you on call 24/7 or do you have a shift you have to work? Thanks

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

vpd, I dont want to pop your bubble, you seem to have a strong interest in the special field of le, swat, k-9 etc. I would concentrate on being a good cop first, and seeking the education you need to fulfill that. A lot of people never get to the special fields. If your truly curious as to make life decisions, rather than get a bunch of spurious answers on a internet forum, go to your local pd and talk to the k-9, swat, drugs guys and really grill them on what they do, the possibilites of success and what they encounter.


This forum can be worthwhile, but if I was you I woudl rather hear it from the horses mouth in an environment where you can ask hard questions. I think that will be more meaningful and give you a better chance to ask those hard questions that might never get sincerly answered here.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

It also depends on the Department. It's different everywhere, but I can assure you of this. SWAT is not a bunch of "Super Cops in a Glass Case". They work, usually patrol, on a daily basis, and carry their Gear in their trunk. They go to call outs as needed.

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Rate This | Posted almost 4 years ago

 

I concur with bsl1123 and rickm.In my dept.they worked regular cruiser districtss and did carry their equipment in the trunk.Also,as has been mentioined,they aren't super cops,but do go through specific training and regular practice drills.You may learn,also that quite a few depts. no longer use the phrase S.W.A.T. which was coined by L.A.P.D. eons ago.Many use Special Services or E.R.T.(emergency reaction team.My depts. group was called E.R.U.(Emergency Reaction Unit).There ar MANY misconceptions about these units no matter what they'tre called.I had a recruit ask me once if they are often called to fight foreign wars.