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I have mixed feelings about this issue and lean towards saying “no.” Recent experience at my agency shows that newer officers may be the most excited about joining SWAT but they are still very young in their careers, with a lot to learn. My agencies proximity to a major army base has a lot of former Army Rangers getting recruited into LE, which is great…but applying Tennessee v Garner on the street in the middle of a dynamic and moving situation can be very different than a firefight in Iraq. “Recruiting” new officers also has shown in the past to present problems as younger officers may take this recruitment as a “job offer” of sorts and then get offended when someone else is picked. As a team commander, I make training opportunities (ie: SIMS magnets for SWAT training) available to all interested parties but I don’t necessarily “recruit.”