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16 Law Enforcement Technology January 2016 www.officer.com of advice for the women of today's law enforcement who are interested in fol- lowing in their footsteps. Prepare Every officer has to prepare for trying out for SWAT, but women have to do even more. "I can't say enough about physical preparedness," says Macias. "Most of us have a size disadvantage. So if you can have a great baseline of strength and car- dio, that will give you the edge. SWAT is much more of a thinking person's game, and having that ability to make critical decisions at split seconds keeps an opera- tor on the team." There is a lot of additional training available today, and women should take advantage of that. "I definitely suggest that women get extra training," advises Williams. "Often, women don't understand what is necessary to join the units." Find someone sympathetic to your goal of joining a tactical team and do everything you can to get ready. "I recommend that if women are serious about it, they have to let their interests be known to someone who they are comfortable with," says Hamblin. "It might take a couple of years to prepare for the unit physically, mentally and emotionally. You should be over-prepared. Find out what the standards are and train yourself to do more than the standard." Be Committed SWAT is too hard, and demands too much, to be something you just "try." "Make sure that this is something you really want to do," says Caserta. "Once you get it, if you get it, all eyes 800.477.2254 www.calsouthern.edu/offcer California Southern University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501 @CalSouthern 100% Online - Affordable Tuition - Regional Accreditation DEGREES DESIGNED BY A POLICE CHIEF… FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT Rank Promotion Pay Increases Specialized Assignments Understanding Total Departmental Operations Higher education is the key to: Tommy Tunson Chairman, Law Enforcement and Public Safety Department Chief of Police, Retired BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ Circle 64 on Reader Service Card Jolie Macias, patrol sergeant and SWAT team member, Newark (Calif.) Police Department, competing at Urban Shield. COVER STORY

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