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But this doesn't mean just being healthy, though a number of police departments do require a medical examination before accepting new members on the SWAT team. Most police departments also want prospective SWAT officers to display considerable upper body strength and stamina, and many have torturous physical agility courses to test these. This requirement is 30 Chapter 2 justified by the often demonstrated need for SWAT officers to rappel down building sides, dimb many flights of stairs at full speed, carry heavy loads (such as bodies), and wrestle and subdue combative suspects.
Pointing the revolver at hirn, the man ordered the night watchman to get up, then ushered hirn into a room just off the lobby, where there was a telephone. The gunman, later discovered by the police to be a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenie who had recently been refusing to take his medicine, had a long history of mental illness. "I want you to call the police and tell them that I'm holding you hostage here," the man told the night watchman as he pointed 35 36 Chapter 3 the revolver at hirn. " (Williams, 1993, pp.
Interestingly, the SWAT officers noticed, the hostage taker, while heavily armed, and from the extensive damage he had done so far to the building-obviously not adverse to using his wea- Qualities and Selection of SWAT Team Members 23 pons-now seemed very casual and almost nonchalant, not appearing to notiee when the hostages began slowly sliding away from hirn, finally leaving hirn standing alone in the hallway that ran between the work cubicles. The SWAT officers realized that they might never get a better opportunity.