Criminal Justice Essay Paper on Action plan

Action plan

  1. Recognizing the need (Briefly establish with statistics and narratives the need for a SWAT team)

A SWAT team usually includes a group of a highly trained talented law enforcer usually called to resolve complicated crimes such as terror, illegal drugs and hostage situations. SWAT teams use their weapons and tactics expertise in solving crimes they have been assigned to provide solutions to. SWAT teams are needed in crime cases where there is a likelihood of using heavy gun fire exchange between lawbreakers and enforcers. SWAT teams are needed because most normal police departments are not handled or trained to deal with complex crime situations (Grayson, 2013).

  1. Assessing/diagnosing the situation (What do you have in place? What do you need? Does the agency culture support this move? Why do you need it?)

Most police departments have few police officers that handle a large population. The police officers are equipped and expected to deal with normal investigative and assault cases such as robbery, assault, drunk driving and disorderliness.

  1. Action planning (How will this happen? Recruit/selection criteria? Any policy changes? Is it a collateral duty or full-time?)

Recruitment and selection will be advertised in the media and all qualified applicants allowed to apply. The entry requirements will be high to ensure that only the best in terms of intelligence quotient, emotional intelligence, physical fitness, conduct and will to serve the government. Minimal policy changes might be made to ensure flexibility without disrupting the current mission of the SWAT team. It will be a full time position to ensure continuance and efficiency. When members of the team are not looking for a solution to a crime, they are looking at high problem cases they can chip in to reduce the load of the local police department (Grayson, 2013).

  1. Change intervention/implementation (How will you implement? How much time will it take? What is involved?)

Change intervention/ implementation will involve close working with team members to align their objectives/ goals with those of the team. Team members will be encouraged to work together and help each other where necessary both at and outside of work. The cohesiveness of SWAT team members is fundamental in ensuring success in the field. Interventions and evaluations will be made monthly to monitor progress made in line with established goals.

  1. Evaluation (Establish a framework for evaluation prior to implementation. Data collection instruments and procedures? Any training? How will you monitor and sustain excellence? What is the impact after a year?)

Due to the intense and high level of excellence expected of SWAT team members, physical training will be conducted daily with weekly training and assessment of field knowledge. Data will be filled through a series of alternating paper, face-to-face interview and online questions. The alternating data collection methods will used to maintain alertness of group members.


Grayson, R. (2013).The Missions. Minnesota: Capstone Press.