Golden, Theodore
Recruitment, Selection, and Retention of SWAT Personnel
Hours: 4    Start Time: 08:00    End Time: 12:00    
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This course will discuss the challenges facing SWAT Teams across the country in recruiting and retaining personnel. Methods of recruiting and retention, as well as testing factors involved in the selection process will be a focal point. Legal considerations and succession planning are issues that should be considered when developing and retaining personnel and will be presented.

Theodore Golden - Bio
Theodore "Tad" Golden, IV is a Lieutenant with the DeKalb County Police Department in Decatur, Georgia. He joined the force after his football career ended with the New York Giants. Tad also played football at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and later earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Tad joined DeKalb's SWAT Team in 2006 and became a member of NTOA in 2011. He is trained in Less Lethal, FSDD, and Chemical Agent as an instructor. Tad has taken team leader courses, command courses, and other tactical classes. In 2013, Lt. Golden was promoted to SWAT Team Assistant Commander and in 2105 to SWAT Team Commander. Under Lt. Golden's leadership the SWAT Team averaged 50 high-risk warrants served and 15 full-team activations each year. He progressed the training of his SWAT Team to include multi-jurisdiction training with local and federal agencies in the metro Atlanta area, as well as improved the overall functionally of the team. Tad has gained a wealth of tactical experience and knowledge from taking several classes at NTOA and being directly involved in active shooter (school) and several hostage rescues.