The NTOA’s Law Enforcement Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) event is back!

We are pleased to announce that LEAD Week 2023 will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, WI, the week of May 8-12, 2023.

This event will provide an array of our most sought-after leadership courses, led by some of the nation’s best law enforcement instructors. Attendees will hear from several instructors during their courses, and will also sit in on critical incident debriefs.

This event is intended for patrol, tactical, CNT and command personnel.

All classes will be held at the Hyatt and the reservation link is

Tactical Mission Planning and Briefing

Dates: 5/11/2023 – 5/12/2023

Instructor: Jeffrey Clement

This course is designed to expose police personnel (supervisors, tactical and task force team leaders, detectives, etc.) to procedures used for tactical mission planning and briefing of involved personnel. Topics include mission planning; documentation; operational planning for high-risk search warrants; scouting procedures for mission planning; primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency planning; suggestions on how to modify high-risk search warrant planning to other types of tactical missions (open area operations, barricaded subjects, arrest warrant/fugitive apprehension, and hostage barricade situations); and much more. Ensuring that a comprehensive but efficient briefing system is in place will be a course outcome. NOTE: This course is not a scouting course, we will make assumptions that the scout has been completed and has provided you the information needed to develop a tactical plan. This course is not a tactics course. We will dictate various tactics to use on some missions to demonstrate the flexibility of the briefing process.


SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership I

Dates: 5/8/2023 – 5/12/2023

Instructor: Don Kester

This course is designed to expose police SWAT Team Commanders and Supervisors to contemporary SWAT issues, tactics and procedures. Topics include major incident debriefs; leadership issues, emotional intelligence, justifying SWAT; the use of SWAT Teams; SWAT standards and professionalism; contemporary SWAT issues and concerns; SWAT and the media; selection, training, discipline and removal of supervisors and team members; crisis negotiations considerations; tactical operation center considerations; operational planning; weapons and equipment selection; legal issues and considerations; critical incident management; barricade and hostage procedures; warrant service planning and procedures; and much more.


SWAT Team Leader Development

Dates: 5/8/2023 – 5/12/2023

Instructor: Jeff Selleg

This course is designed for law enforcement personnel who are responsible for deploying in the capacity as a SWAT Team Leader or as a supervisor who is responsible for the training and deployment of tactical teams. The focus of this training will be on pre-incident training, planning, organizing, and the tactical decision-making process used in the resolution of high-risk operations. Also included in the curriculum is an overview of SWAT training topics including selection and testing, training issues and liability, national SWAT standards and critical incident reviews. Practical applications will consist of scouting and planning warrants, small team planning, tactics used in the resolution of critical incidents, and the review of tactical incidents and videos. Attendees will participate in-group discussions, write operations orders, and develop training plans, plus critique and evaluate tactics and decisions based on a principle based SWAT decision-making process.


Managing Critical Incidents

Dates: 5/11/2023

Instructor: Ralph McDuffie

This one-day course is designed to provide law enforcement supervisors and command personnel with the information and tools needed to manage a large-scale critical incident. This course will include a NIMS review, but the focus of the course is providing the tools for supervisors and command personnel to succeed when responding to active threats. The roles and responsibilities of the Incident Commander will be discussed and applied through practical group exercises. Command decision-making through a proven system that streamlines the flow of direction and information will be a central focus of this course.


Training Management and Risk Mitigation for SWAT

Dates: 5/8/2023 – 5/10/2023

Instructor: Ralph McDuffie

A three-day course designed to provide SWAT Team leaders and trainers with the ability to design, plan and prepare proactive training guidelines, manuals, events, calendars and support documents in order to best utilize limited training time and opportunities in order to produce the highest quality personnel and team capability; and to provide SWAT Team leaders and trainers with proven risk mitigation methodologies to counter risk within the three main risk areas for SWAT Teams, i.e. legal, training and operations.


Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents

Dates: 5/9/2023 – 5/10/2023

Instructor: Buck Rogers

This course is designed to provide patrol supervisors with the information and tools needed to manage a critical incident prior to the arrival of SWAT. Understanding the methodology used in managing a dynamic tactical problem, incident command system fundamentals, and the 4 primary types of critical incidents involving an adversary will give the patrol supervisor the tools needed to succeed during these events.