FBI Chooses First Black Woman to Join Bureau’s SWAT Team

By Briasia Russ

New FBI agent Tai has made history by becoming the first Black woman to train for any of the Bureau’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. She will be training at the New Operator Training School (NOTS), a 10-week course that prepares those selected for SWAT field operations. Once the new agent passes NOTS, she will join the San Juan Division’s SWAT team as a probationary member.  

According to CNN, NOTS is aimed at improving an agent’s firearm skills, body movement and critical thinking during stressful situations.  

“I’m one of those people where I have a task at hand and I just focus on that task,” Tai said in a news release. “I don’t really think about people looking at me.” 

“Hopefully somebody will see that I was able to do it,” Tai added. “I’m not the biggest person. I’m not as strong as some of these guys. But as long as you have perseverance — because it does get really tough — you push through it and keep going.”  

According to the news release, San Juan SWAT Senior Team Leader Mike Dubravetz is confident in Tai’s success.  

“There are no guarantees for success, but she’s been willing to tackle this,” Dubravetz said. “I’m impressed with her performance. She wouldn’t have made it through the selection process if she didn’t demonstrate that she has what it takes to be successful.” 

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