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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 1/12/2006 7:11:58 AM EST
I am not trying to bash cops at all, i have been watching these swat shows and i actually find them entertaining.

one thing I have noticed is most of officers are professional and in great shape, although i noticed a couple of times you will see some real overweight officers, they are never the guys involved on stacking to enter the building.

Are they just part timers pulling perimeter security? Are they real swat officers? Aren't swat standards very demanding (physically/mentally?)
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:13:58 AM EST
Oh, like it or not this will descend into a pit of donut jokes.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:15:01 AM EST
Depends on the standards of the department and the capabilities of the officer in question.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:15:24 AM EST

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
I am not trying to bash cops at all, i have been watching these swat shows and i actually find them entertaining.

one thing I have noticed is most of officers are professional and in great shape, although i noticed a couple of times you will see some real overweight officers, they are never the guys involved on stacking to enter the building.

Are they just part timers pulling perimeter security? Are they real swat officers? Aren't swat standards very demanding (physically/mentally?)



The standards for the SWAT team vary by department, but yes, they are usually required to be very physically fit and pretty strong.

You can have a gut and still be able to climb a 10 story building, you know...

Things are not always how they appear.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 7:16:38 AM EST
This is the 7th SWAT thread in the last 24 hours.

One more - and we better lock up the doggies.
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:52:00 AM EST
its a fun show to watch!
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 8:53:14 AM EST
they put three layers of level III body armor on the fatty to negate the "fatal funnel" effect. its like a bullet resistant shield but it is self propelled
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:04:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheRedHorseman:
they put three layers of level III body armor on the fatty to negate the "fatal funnel" effect. its like a bullet resistant shield but it is self propelled



It's sort of the same concept as the ballistic shield the lead man carries, except that when the fatty gets hit he screams like a girl....
Link Posted: 1/12/2006 9:07:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/12/2006 9:09:26 AM EST by FLAL1A]
SWAT here - the entry guys - are in superb physical shape. The support element (who are members, and sworn officers) are older and not necessarily in great shape. They don't usually "dress out."

ETA: I suspect that the fitness requirements have more to with discipline, teambuilding, and esprit than with operational necessity. There are plenty of genuine badasses on and off the police force who are not going to do the Walk for A Cure, much less run a marathon.
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