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This question has double meaning to me.
On one hand, yes, we must be involved in the recruitment of new officers to our department. SWAT has always been seen as the “cool” piece for the public. At least it is here. Any new prospect has the opportunity to speak with some of our tactical operators when considering employment here.
On the other hand, if you are speaking about recruiting brand new officers to the tactical team, I would have to object. Our prerequisites are not that stringent. We require at least one year sworn before you can try out. Our situation may be a little different here though. If you make it through the tryout process, you still have a one year probationary period with the team. I know teams that bring members on after a very brief period. This means that you will be at least a two year deputy with my department before you become a full member.