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SWAT team member thinks women can offer a lot in combat

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"What it comes down to is knowing what we're capable of doing," says Amber Walter, a patrol officer at Niles Police Department. She's also the only woman on the Special Response Team, the department's SWAT team.

"I don't let it faze me, it doesn't bother me in the least," Amber says.

She says it's encouraging to hear women will be in military combat, because she knows too well what it's like to be told no.

"My first job I was welcomed into the door, but I was also told 'just so you know the guys don't want you here because you're a girl."

She says she had to work hard to prove herself, but now she feels accepted, as she hopes women in the military will be. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have concerns.

"With them allowing females to become a part of combat, I only hope that the women that do participate, that they make that choice not because they're going to go out and say I'm big and bad and I'm going to prove something."

She says she only wants women joining combat if they know they're capable. And if they do it for the right reasons, she says women have a lot to offer.

"We have the capability of slowing down, stepping back and really thinking about what's going on, where a lot of guys are just go, go, go."

As a woman, she says she can calm people down and is often a better communicator. But she says adding women to the mix could lead to problems.

"There's the nature of the man and woman and now you have both those two out in a combat field for extended periods of time."

Regardless of potential problems, she says women like her can handle it.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm not the strongest woman out there. Will I literally die trying to do whatever it is I'm trying to do? I will."

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