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SWAT Team Leader of the Year Competition

Written by Tactical Response Staff

The 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.

The 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.

While 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 accomplishments.

Some 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.

Send 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.

The 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.

Send the e-mail entry to Sgt. Ed Sanow, editorial director, at esanow@hendonpub.com. 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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