02/01/2007

Md. woman takes step toward the world of the SWAT team

Officer jumps hurdle in seeking to be county's 1st woman on select police team
 
By Melissa Harris
The Baltimore Sun 
 

Police Officer Sarah Kayser knew the county's three-week SWAT school wasn't for the weak. The 27-year-old former mortgage lender hesitated before applying, worried she wasn't in good enough shape to endure daily three- to six-mile runs and treks with telephone poles on her and her classmates' shoulders.

In the end, Kayser, 27, was the only Howard County officer to graduate from the most recent training program after the other four suffered injuries.

In doing so, she became the first woman from her department to attempt or accomplish the feat, an important step toward joining the prestigious unit, which handles the county's most explosive situations and has no female members.

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