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Jason Edwards
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I agree with the above responses. You do not need to hold a title to take a leadership position. Some of the strongest and most influential leaders in my career have been peers. They were senior officers with a lot of training and experience which gave them a lot of competency. As a result, officers looked to them for guidance and advise when on the job. We did as they did. Regardless of whether they wanted to be leaders or not, they were. I also agree with David Allen. They way it works at my agency, the first SWAT officer on scene of a critical incident assumes tactical command of the incident. More times then not, this is an officer who holds no official rank but again has the tactical competency so they assume the tactical leadership role for that incident until others arrive.