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Ongoing training and realistic scenarios are the key to developing good leaders at the TL level. These scenarios must be equivalent to what the team leader may encounter in reality and the scenarios must allow for decision-making that parallels the actual scenario or the intended end state. In addition to training, my team sends TL’s and assistant TL’s to outside seminar-style training where debriefs and exposure to new concepts are the rule. Finally, these junior leaders are also used as instructors at the state’s basic SWAT school so that they become accustomed to giving direction and knowing the “why” of certain tactics.