NTOA › Forums › Operational Leadership › SWAT Command Decision-Making And Leadership I: SWAT Personnel Recruitment › Should SWAT Teams “recruit” new officers? › Reply To: Should SWAT Teams “recruit” new officers?
I believe a SWAT team should carefully consider who they are recruiting and take into account the Officer’s overall experience. As a new Officer, I believe some may be an asset, where others may not be. If a new Officer has a tactical background (Military/prior Law Enforcement) they may be a great recruit. On the other side of the argument, if the Officer is “new” and has limited experience, they are still developing and should be given the time to develop appropriately. Actively recruiting is good because current Operators may see something in an Officer, certain qualities, that would be a great foundation to build on.