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 Are any of you reserve offers on a swat team? If so do you have a car assigned to you? I'm looking into one of our local agencies to get in there reserve program and they let you be with the swat team. I was just curious what other agencies do. I'm talking to the person in charge finding out therequirements. If any of you have any input on what your agencies do that would be great.  

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Swat is not an entry level position. One may wait years for the assignment. With all the training required I cannot picture a  reserve being assigned. You are getting way ahead of yourself. You're  not a police officer and already dreaming of a swat assignment. Relax and take a deep breath.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


 


 


 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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I can suggest how you might do this.


Establish yourself as a responsible Reserve.


Next seek out Paramedic training or EMT training.


Where would this lead to? A lot of SWAT teams now intergrate a tactical EMT or Paramedic as part of the team. No, you won't be a true SWAT operator BUT you will be on the team nonetheless. Your responsibilities would be limited to injuries exacted on the team.


On the otherhand, if you show yourself worthy, the team might slowly integrate you to do a little more on the team, that could happen.


First things first, go to the agency where you want to work. Ask the questions: "Do you guys need a tactical medic on your SWAT team.?"


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 If so do you have a car assigned to you?



I know a lot of guys on different SWAT Teams from different agencies. All of them are full time officers, and none have take-home cars.


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 If so do you have a car assigned to you?



I know a lot of guys on different SWAT Teams from different agencies. All of them are full time officers, and none have take-home cars.


How would they respond to a call out if they don't have there own patrol car? 


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 Are any of you reserve offers on a swat team? If so do you have a car assigned to you? I'm looking into one of our local agencies to get in there reserve program and they let you be with the swat team. I was just curious what other agencies do. I'm talking to the person in charge finding out therequirements. If any of you have any input on what your agencies do that would be great.  



Seems to me that the word reserve would be the key word in your question.  Reserve to me means someone that is part-time at best and from what I remember, reserves do not work for money. . . .they work for the experience so they can be hired in when a position becomes available.


That brings me to your coveted "S*W*A*T" program.  If you ask anyone on a special units team such as this (in my department they were called the "Emergency Services Team, i.e. ES Team), these teams are constantly practicing different types of scenarios and how to overcome the different types of monkey wrenches that can be thrown into the situation that they have either heard about. . . .or can come up with on their own.  Both the practice and implementation of these resources can be hazardous and those involved need to be "protected" by health insurance. . . .if not more.  In most departments, a reserve is usually not put into hazardous situations and thus usually do not require the afore mentioned insurances.


As for getting one's own car. . . . .really?  Many departments cannot afford to hire the personnel they need to do the job.  Where are they supposed to get the money to purchase enough automobiles to hand them out to the regular staff. . . .much less, someone who is only going to be at best. . . . .a part-time officer?


In the end. . . . .if you have found such a department that will A)  Allow someone who is at a best a part-time officer to be on a tactical team that requires many, many, many hours of training on a regular basis, B)  Purchase the proper insurances for this part-time officer. . . .just in case they get hurt in this hazardous field, C)  Purchase a $30,000.00 automobile stocked with radios, emergency equipment, bio-hazard suits and weaponry for a part-time officer. . . . .man you will have hit the big time and I would be all over that like a bum on a balony sandwich!  Good luck to you if you do find such a department as they will have more money than they know what to do with.

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SWAT Operators are full time sworn officers. We will not accept a reserve as a reserve is not afforded the same pay or benefits as we are. Would you really risk your life for free and without being fully insured? You do realize when they call us out it is not a normal action don't you? Normally on a call out there is a high risk of someone not walking away. It is most definitely NOT an entry level position.


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Vfd says ...



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 If so do you have a car assigned to you?



I know a lot of guys on different SWAT Teams from different agencies. All of them are full time officers, and none have take-home cars.


How would they respond to a call out if they don't have there own patrol car? 



Typically, they report to their assigned agency for any call-out briefing, then respond as a Team.


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 Thanks for all the replys guys. I'm still doing research with the agecy. 

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 Thanks for all the replys guys. I'm still doing research with the agecy. 



Just out of curiosity, what Agency?


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1. We have two Reserve Deputies on our SWAT Team.


2. They (and the rest of my team) have take home cars.


To explain that a bit further, these particular reserves have been with our office for 15+yrs (one is going on 30yrs). We have two patrol vehicles assigned to our reserve program and they are kept at each of their respective homes. All of our full time deputies assigned to the patrol division (50ish?) have take home cars as well, regardless of whether they are on the SWAT team or not.

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 My department which has round 60+ Reserves has about 4-5 on the SRT Team. 


One you have to be a Reserve for like 2 years and in good standing. Second be recommended. Third you have to try out for the team. As far as getting your own car. No. Those Reserves that are on the team respond by POV. 


Not all departments do this. Here in the south I notice that only big departments or those with money have reserves on SRT Teams.


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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I am curious of a few things and request a response.


1. Age?


2. Level of education?


3. Have you made application?


4. If you have made application what steps have you completed?


According to your comments you are seeking an agency however, you are speaking with a member of an agency. As I stated you are getting way ahead of yourself.


I look forward to your response.

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Is there anybody anymore who DOESN"T want to be swat or canine or some other super special squad.?One learns to crawl before walking,walk before running and run before flying.Amen and super bump to my friend Dennis who has been there/done that.Best bet in making the grade in a Police career is to learn every phase and facet you can about same before even considering a unit such as this.You also must be in top notch physical and medical condition.Much good fortune to you sir....

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Contrary to what you may see on TV or the movies, NONE of the special assignments such as K9, S*W*A*T, SRT or what have you, are just handed out to anyone.  As mentioned by others, they come with MANY (not just a couple) years of experience and a lot of training just for the opportunity to try out should a spot become available.


While it is a good thing to set your goals high, I agree with uncledennis1.  A baby isn't born with the immediate ability to walk, let alone run.  Slow down and tackle the immediate task and hurdle in front of you which is to get hired in the first place.  Put in the hours and get as much experience as you can in every area that you are able.  Take as much training that the department you work for will be willing to send you through.  If there is additional training that you may have to pay for out of pocket, seriously consider taking it.


I knew a guy in my academy class that had been a reserve for a small city police department in Los Angeles County for a little more than 6 years.  In that time, he worked as much, and in many cases, more than his full time partners.  After receiving his 6th Reserve Officer of The Year award for that agency, he was offered offered a sworn full time paid position pending completion of his full time basic academy.  He was 46 years old at the time.  Upon graduating and working his 1st year, the string continued with several Officer of The Year awards.  Within a year and a half, he was given a K9 assignment and was on the department S*W*A*T Team.


So what's the point?  How willing are you to put in the work?  Set your goals and your sites high but remember....... baby steps.



It works much better when you don't put the cart before the horse.

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Is there anybody anymore who DOESN"T want to be swat or canine or some other super special squad.?One learns to crawl before walking,walk before running and run before flying.Amen and super bump to my friend Dennis who has been there/done that.Best bet in making the grade in a Police career is to learn every phase and facet you can about same before even considering a unit such as this.You also must be in top notch physical and medical condition.Much good fortune to you sir....


I could not agree more! No one wants to put in the time on the road and learn the ropes first. As a Reserve I spent my first year on the streets, then my second year on traffic and drug enforcement, now I do a whole lot of variety of jobs. Their is more to law enforcement then to kicking doors, throwing flashbangs, shooting weapons. 



You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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 I just turned 20. I knw you have to be 21 to join. I was just getting some reserach and checking into this so when I tun 21 I can apply for the agency. I'm still thinking about if I want to go into law enforment full time or try the reserves and see if that's what I want to do. I know you have t be on the force for at leat a couple years to even apply. I was just carous about what all the differient agancis do. Thanks for all the feed back it's very appriciative. 

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Is there anybody anymore who DOESN"T want to be swat or canine or some other super special squad?



Me. I'm happy just being a Road Grunt  :) However, I am looking into creating a "Pursuit Squad", if only my Department would buy the car I want:


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Definately could have used that the three years I worked Interstates #480--#680  and #80.My Lt. liked the idea of a Lamborghini when I suggested it to him.

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Definately could have used that the three years I worked Interstates #480--#680  and #80.My Lt. liked the idea of a Lamborghini when I suggested it to him.




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Here ya go Dave,


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 I just turned 20. I knw you have to be 21 to join. I was just getting some reserach and checking into this so when I tun 21 I can apply for the agency. I'm still thinking about if I want to go into law enforment full time or try the reserves and see if that's what I want to do. I know you have t be on the force for at leat a couple years to even apply. I was just carous about what all the differient agancis do. Thanks for all the feed back it's very appriciative. 



It's a good thing to do research in any profession you may think you want to be a part of and see what kinds of opportunities could be afforded you.  That said, keep in mind that not all agencies have all of these fun special assignments or units and even if they did, it could be MANY, MANY YEARS before a position within one of those units becomes available for you to even apply.  I do have a recommendation for you though, and I suggest you take it seriously and do something about it.


As a police officer or a deputy sheriff, regular full time sworn or reserve and definitely in one of these special units, you will have to complete and have court ready, MANY, MANY reports.  Your grammar and your spelling as well as how you articulate yourself in these reports are critical if you are to be successful.  Take some college English classes and brush up on these things.  While you are at it, take a report writing class so you get a basic idea of how to apply those things specifically to a police report.  As stated in my earlier post, you have to be willing to put in the work and the effort from the beginning..... even in your preparation stage.

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 Thank you skoolCop for the advice. I just saw some mistakes in my last post. I'll try to read it before I post next time so alot of these mistakes get fixed. 

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Vfd. You are to young for a police agency however, you are at a great age for the military. I suggest you join the military and attend college while serving our country. You are in need of a college english course. I do feel you haven't  grasp what steps are taken for appointment with a police agency. I recall some of your post regarding K-9 so the military could assist in your quest. I highly encourage you to contact the military and feel you would be an excellent soldier. Keep in mind agencies like military experience. You have recruiters in your area. Good luck.

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VFD do you have any college?


I was 21 when I took the police test, they called me a few weeks later, but unfortunately they bumped up the age to 22 that year.  So I had to wait for the next academy class.  Then they bumped it back down to 21.


 


I don't think 20 or 21 is too early to start applying and taking civil service exams.


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