SWAT Team Leader of the Year Competition
Written by Tactical Response Staff
editorial staff of Tactical Response,
The Police Marksman and LAW and
ORDER wants to recognize exemplary performance by SWAT team leaders in the
form of a competition for the SWAT Team Leader of the Year. The competition is
intended for law enforcement personnel who are responsible for deploying in the
capacity as a SWAT team leader or team commander, i.e., a supervisor who is
responsible for the training and deployment of tactical teams.
nominated officer or deputy must still be currently active with the team and currently
in the position of Team Leader or Team Commander. The Team Leader can come from
a full-time or part-time team.
it is understood that there is no “i” in “team,” for this recognition we are
not looking for team accomplishments, worthy as those accomplishments and
achievements may be. Instead, we are looking for individual leadership
thought prompters: improved training frequency; improved training safety; implemented
more realistic training; arranged for a larger training and equipment budget; worked
miracles with too small of a budget; expanded the scope of tasks that the team
can handle; improved the image of the team to the administration, media or
public; defended the team to the administration in the event of a controversy;
successfully formed a regional team; successfully separated from a regional
team; successfully started a new team; implemented an effective backfill
process for any position; instituted new standards of any kind from selection
and testing entry requirements to in-service training requirements to exit
requirements; improved the tactical decision-making process; implemented
national SWAT standards; demonstrated true leadership in an inspiring way.
in your story or nominate your SWAT Team Leader now—the process is currently open.
The entry can come from the Team Leader/Team Commander, or submitted on behalf
of the Team Leader by a member of the team, or a member of the police/sheriff
administration. E-mail us 500 to 650 words to use as the evaluation criteria. Send
the entry as either an e-mail attachment, or in the body of the e-mail. We will
acknowledge receipt of the e-mail within 24 hours.
three finalists will be featured, and the winner announced, in the November-December
2014 issue of Tactical Response, the
November-December 2014 issue of The Police
Marksman and the December 2014 issue of LAW
and ORDER. The winner will be our guest at the 2015 SHOT Show Jan. 20-23 at
the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, a three-day/two-night trip including
airfare and hotel.
the e-mail entry to Sgt. Ed Sanow, editorial director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send just the text. No photos or other attachments. The editorial staff will
select the best entry. The deadline to receive the entry is Oct. 31. Great
leaders make great tactical teams…let’s find and honor them.
Published in Tactical Response, Jul/Aug 2014
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