Seeking to establish an association for networking and information-sharing among tactical teams, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department then-Lieutenant, John Kolman formed the NTOA in 1983. Kolman and his new team hit the ground running and quickly connected with a nationwide network of like-minded experts. Building on their members’ experience and expertise, the NTOA has proven its ability to rapidly adapt to the ever-changing environment around it. With each passing year, the Association has broadened to include professional members from every discipline in the law enforcement/corrections spectrum.

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the law enforcement community. The NTOA currently has more than 40,000 members from specialties that include patrol, TEMS, crisis negotiations, canine, corrections, sniper, protective operations, explosives, command, tactical dispatchers, behavioral sciences and more. These members take full advantage of the NTOA’s annual training conference, interactive members-only website offerings and eagerly await the arrival of its renowned publication, The Tactical Edge.

The NTOA’s dedicated staff members work hand-in-hand with high-quality, real-world public safety experts to provide the best services to the NTOA members. This powerful combination contributes to the overall success of the organization through shared experiences and cutting edge training.


Our Mission

The mission of the National Tactical Officers Association is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange.

The Association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

The National Tactical Officers Association operates with Veritas (truth, honesty and integrity) in our relationships.


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