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How to Become a S.W.A.T Team Member – Advice on Requirements and Salary

How to Become a S.W.A.T Team Member – Information on Requirements and  Salary Outlook

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If you want to become a swat team member  for your respective police department there are some things you must know. First, you must know SWAT team officers are in excellent physical shape so if you’re out of shape, you won’t make it through the selection process.

If you didn’t already know this, SWAT team officers are some of the best trained officers on any given department. They train several times a month, sharp-tuning their techniques for potential high risk situations.

SWAT team member are usually on call 24/7,  if you want to become SWAT (especially in big agencies like Chicago Police DEPT, NYPD, LAPD) be prepared to give up some of your free time. The great thing about being on the SWAT team is you’ll get special unit pay and you’ll get fantastic training to put on your resume if you decide to move on to the federal level later on in your career.

Watch The Video Below For Information On How To Join The SWAT Team:

Here are just some of the requirements, qualifications, and a salary outlook for a SWAT team member. Remember, this may differ from department to department.

Job Description

SWAT Operators are trained specialists who resolve high-risk tactical situations. A SWAT member’s special training and flexibility allow the SWAT team to tackle hostage situations, high-risk warrant service operations, search and rescue
operations, tactical waterborne operations, covert and undercover tactical operations, special circumstances such as crowd control and rural searches, and many other high-risk circumstances. The SWAT team is often comprised of some of the most highly trained unit of a police department.

Median Salary


Education Requirements

Generally, SWAT operators must have three years minimum experience in their respective department. It is not necessary for a SWAT operators to have a college degree. SWAT operators also are involved in advanced training which includes everything from sniper/counter-sniper operations to helicopter insertion techniques.

Job Outlook

SWAT job outlook differs from department to department. There is a national projected need for 243,000 more police officers, including SWAT operators, ending in the year 2016.

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62 Responses so far.

  1. dennis ly says:

    thanks for the great information Hannah.Do you know how many years you have to be a police officer to become a swat for the San Diego Police Department?

  2. Isaiah M. says:

    I want to be a swat team member but I’m not sure what I should do out of high school. Can you give me some advice?

  3. Officer Forestal says:


    First thing first, you must go through the hiring process to become a police officer. If hired, depending on the agency you’ll have to spend at least 1-2 years on the street as a patrolmen before you can apply to become swat officer. Your first course of action right now is to apply to the department you are interested in.

  4. Ronald says:

    Hello, I’m a Junior in high school. First thing first, at this point of my life I’m not in a good body shape.I’m a little overweight, but I’m looking forward on loosing weight and be physically active to make my dream come true. Anyways i would like know if i could get into the Swat career straight without being a patrol officer. Also I would like to know any good colleges or preferably universities around Chicago,IL.

    Thank You.

  5. Alex says:

    I been in the army for 6 years, combat arms infantry / artillery with 3 deployments under my belt. Currently stationed in Fort Carson, CO. How far out can i apply for the CPD? in how long would i be able to join to swat team? i been to air assault school and sometime soon going to airborne, would that help? once i get hired at the CPD, how long would it take me to apply for the swat team?

  6. i like to join to swat police

  7. Jayy says:

    Hello my name is Jayy.In being hired into your local law enforcement division and spending the number of years how would you go about applying for SWAT?

  8. jesse says:

    i am 18 and i want to know what u have to do to become swat

  9. daved says:

    i would like to know if i should go through my college first and then apply to be a police and then to swat or if i should go straight out of highschool into a police and then swat and skip college

  10. Isaiah says:

    Hey I’m a sophomore in high school and I already know that I defenitly want to be a swat team member. Would it be better for me to go to college for at least a little bit? And would it helpe on to the team faster?

  11. habib says:

    I AM FROM AFGHANISTAN.I am 16 and in 12th class.I want to be a special force in US.I like to be a sniper(sharp shooter).How can I do it.I am ready to go out from Afghanistan.