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Steps to Become a SWAT Team Officer – Tips On Your Interview

KillerInterview100 How to Join the Police Swat TeamIf you want to join the SWAT team for your department, then there are some steps that you’ll need to complete first. One step that cannot be overlooked is that you must have at least one year of police officer experience before you can apply for a specialty position like S.W.A.T.

I know that may sound simple, but I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say they just want to join the SWAT tean straight out of the academy. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t simply walk in off the street and be a SWAT team member.

Some of the guys on SWAT have been police  officers for years before they were selected. SWAT is like the Navy Seals; you must first pass the eye test, being overweight exempts you from eligibility, and you must have had no negative marks while on patrol.

Here are some of the steps that are mandatory to become a SWAT officer:

1. You must be in great physical conditioning. I recommend that you follow a tactical workout program like the TactFit Commando Workouts.

2. You must have at least one year of police experience at your respective agency (some department require 2 years of experience).

3. You must have displayed superior work ethic while on the patrol division.

4. You must go through an Oral Board Interview. I recommend looking over Robert Lawrence’s Handbook, Killer Interview Secrets (seen at the top right corner) before sitting for your interview. It’s a good interview preparation book. You can download and read it in the comfort of your own home by clicking here.

5. You must not have had any negative write-ups during your first year on the force.

Below is a great video that explains the entire process on how to become a police SWAT Team Member – ENJOY!

2 Important resources to read over if you are serious about becoming a SWAT officer.

  1. The   TactFit Commando Workout Program.
  2. Robert Lawrence’s Killer Job Interview Secrets.
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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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