NTOA › Forums › Operational Leadership › SWAT Command Decision-Making And Leadership I: SWAT Personnel Recruitment › Should SWAT Teams try to reach the younger generations and get them interested in SWAT? › Reply To: Should SWAT Teams try to reach the younger generations and get them interested in SWAT?
I believe younger officers have a lot to offer, but there has to be some experience to go along with it. We have a 3-year policy for any specialized unit on the department. This allows for 2 things to happen. The officer gains some knowledge and experience of how to be a police officer and it gives the team leaders a decent amount of time to evaluate their performance. During the selection process, we can hopefully narrow down the best person for the job and make a selection with the overall information. Long term I believe if you can reach someone (quality officer) at a younger stage in their career, you can extend their potential and longevity on the department with great skills and leadership training.