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The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander
Captain Kolman (ret.), formerly of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, founder and first Director of the National Tactical Officers Association, and who authored one of the first SWAT textbooks in 1982, now brings forth a unique book that not only captures the substantive information required by new SWAT commanders but also its culture. Successful resolution of critical incidents is most often the result of basic concepts and principles implemented by knowledgeable, experienced and well-trained personnel under the direction of decisive leaders, but new SWAT commanders may not have benefited from coming through the ranks and SWAT pipeline and could be at a considerable disadvantage as they accept command. In a manner not previously used for SWAT education and training, Captain Kolman introduces the officer to substantive information, culture and a methodology to approach various missions. In doing so, the reader is led on an educational journey through a series of dreams that ultimately culminates in a fictitious SWAT Commander successfully resolving a high-risk incident. Each chapter builds on the previous one and allows the hypothetical characters passing through each chapter to evolve in knowledge, judgment and maturity. The book is a testimonial to the need for departments to provide or obtain contemporary, appropriate training for both command and operational personnel, so that working together they can effectively manage and resolve critical incidents with minimal risk to everyone involved. In addition to being a valuable asset to any SWAT school, including commanders, the seasoned operator will find this publication an entertaining and informative review. Read it at least once. Few people can capture the wisdom of SWAT in such an articulate and engaging manner.
An easy and interesting read
By Charles S. Heal "Sid Heal"
- May 17, 2005
This book is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently, it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors. The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line supervisor. Especially poignant is the overall theme that doing nothing to prepare yourself to handle these types of situations is a recipe for disaster.
A simple book that should be read by every SWAT Commander.
By Douglas Deaton
- May 16, 2005
This book should be required reading for all SWAT officers, SWAT supervisors, and administrators in the SWAT chain of command; especially those in upper management. In addition to being the founder and first Director of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the author is literally one of the founding fathers of the SWAT concept.
In this book, Capt. Kolman provides simple lessons for the reader in the form of a story told about a new SWAT commander named Lt. Oversight who works for the fictional Amazing Police Department. The reader follows Lt. Oversight through a series of dreams where he gets multiple chances to respond to the same SWAT call out. The first time that Lt. Oversight responds to the call out, he makes a royal mess of things. However, much like Bill Murray's character in the movie, "Groundhog Day," Lt. Oversight is forced to repeat the same incident over and over again while he gradually improves upon his choices and actions. The reader is... read more
By C. Iwan
- June 22, 2008
This book was great but a little short. I have read it twice now but find that even though it's short it's full of great information and lessons learned on every page.
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