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Captain John A. Kolman, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), is the founder and first director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association.   John A. Kolman is the author of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander,  Patrol Response to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience and Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams. 


According to Commander Sid Heal, The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, “is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently, it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors. The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line supervisor. Especially poignant is the overall theme that doing nothing to prepare yourself to handle these types of situations is a recipe for disaster.”

One reader of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander said,

“This book should be required reading for all SWAT officers, SWAT supervisors, and administrators in the SWAT chain of command; especially those in upper management. In addition to being the founder and first Director of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the author is literally one of the founding fathers of the SWAT concept.

In this book, Capt. Kolman provides simple lessons for the reader in the form of a story told about a new SWAT commander named Lt. Oversight who works for the fictional Amazing Police Department. The reader follows Lt. Oversight through a series of dreams where he gets multiple chances to respond to the same SWAT call out. The first time that Lt. Oversight responds to the call out, he makes a royal mess of things. However, much like Bill Murray's character in the movie, "Groundhog Day," Lt. Oversight is forced to repeat the same incident over and over again while he gradually improves upon his choices and actions. The reader is able to learn from Lt. Oversight's mistakes and see how he should have solved the tactical, logistical, and administrative problems that are all too common in SWAT call outs. In the end, Lt. Oversight finally gets it right.”

One reader of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander said “This is a short book that can be read in one sitting. The appendices alone are worth the purchase of the book. Appenix A, (Lessons Learned) is a list of 24 tactical truths that are universally accepted within the SWAT community but which many Patrol, Negotiator (CNT), and Administrative types still need to be educated about. Appendix B is entitled, "Selected Suspect/SWAT Comparative Options." It is a sort of "if he does that then you do this" decision-making guide for SWAT commanders. While no competent SWAT commander should rely solely on a book for his decisions, this appendix will go a long way towards helping commanders formulate correct decisions which are on par with accepted industry standards. Appendix B in particular should be reproduced and laminated into a handy reference card for every SWAT supervisor to have on his person at all times.  If you are involved in SWAT and you are serious about becoming a better operator, team leader, commander, or administrator, then you need to read this book.”

A Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams
John Kolman  More Info

The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander
John A. Kolman  More Info

Patrol Response to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

One reader of Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams said, “Probably the first book of its kind, it is a basic, albeit thorough, discussion on the development of SWAT teams. It provides an historical perspective with the reasons for why SWAT teams became necessary and how they have evolved through the years. Its fundamental approach assumes nothing and even the most novice could understand and apply the principles and techniques, up to and including selection procedures and training requirements. All in all, a must for agencies employing SWAT teams and/or similar tactical units.”

About the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in the world. In addition to specialized services, such as the Sheriff's Youth Foundation, International Liaison and Employee Support Services, the Department is divided into ten divisions, each headed by a Division Chief.


 There are three patrol divisions (Field Operations Regions I, II and III), Custody Operations Division, Correctional Services Division, Detective Division, Court Services Division, Technical Services Division, Office of Homeland Security, Administrative Services Division, and Leadership and Training Division.


The Sheriff's Department of Los Angeles County was formed in April, 1850. Elections for the office of Sheriff were held annually until 1882, when the term was increased to two years; in 1894 the term was increased to four years. The first Sheriff of Los Angeles County was George T. Burrill and his staff consisted of two Deputies.


Twenty-four men have served Los Angeles County as Sheriff since 1850: nineteen were elected and six were appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve the unexpired term of their predecessors. Two were killed in the line of duty. Of those appointed, four were re-elected to the office. The youngest man ever elected to the office of Sheriff was William B. Rowland, who was sworn in when he was 25 years old (in 1871), and was re-elected three times. The record for the longest consecutive service goes to Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, who completed 51 years in the department, from deputy in 1907, to being appointed Sheriff in 1932 and then retiring in 1958. Our previous Los Angeles County Sheriff, Sherman Block, entered the department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1956 and continued up through the ranks until he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to succeed Sheriff Pitchess in 1982. In June of 1982, Sheriff Block was elected to a full four year term as Sheriff of Los Angeles County.







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