National Tactical Officers Association

Improving public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

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NTOA’s LEAD Week in Reno, Nevada, has been rescheduled for April 5-9, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact training@ntoa.org or 800-279-9127.

SWAT Team Leader Development

Dates: 4/5 – 4/9/2021

Instructor: Jason Behun

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.


SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership I

Dates: 4/5 – 4/9/2021

Instructor: Shawn Hancock

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.


Basic Crisis Negotiations

Dates: 4/5 – 4/9/2021

Instructor: Gary McDougall

This is a basic level course designed for law enforcement and corrections personnel, mental health professionals, supervisors / team leaders and commanders who are assigned to, work with, or oversee the functions of a crisis / hostage negotiations team. This course is also appropriate for law enforcement and corrections personnel who aspire to join a crisis / hostage negotiations team. This curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the National Council of Negotiations Associations for a basic course of study for police crisis / hostage negotiators. Although it is a “basic” course, it represents a robust and comprehensive view of the most likely negotiation problems and best techniques to resolve them peacefully. It is suitable for experienced negotiators desiring a refresher course.


SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership II

Dates: 4/5 – 4/8/2021

Instructor: Tobie Weberg

This is a follow-on course to the SWAT Command Decision-Making and Leadership I course. A comprehensive array of topics will be discussed including improving the structure and delivery of training, maximizing training hours, methods to incorporate SWAT into large scale planned operations, problem-solving methods and analytical thinking, organizational leadership, trust, and much more. Overall discussions will aid students in their role as leaders within their units and agencies.


Training Management and Risk Mitigation for SWAT

Dates: 4/5 – 4/7/2021

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.


Strengthening Leadership, Resilience and Well-Being

Dates: 4/5 – 4/6/2021

Instructor: Dr. Mitch Javidi

It is well-established that our performance and leadership success is profoundly connected to our emotional well-being and physical health. Building on Colonel Boyd’s OODA Loop and Reversal Theory, this workshop provides a set of comprehensive Situational, Cognitive, and Emotional dominance tools to activate positive and critical emotional intelligence attributes.


Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Subjects – Legal Realities and Options

Dates: 4/7/2021

Instructor: Jeff Selleg

This 1-day course is designed to educate police personnel on the legalities and challenges faced when responding to suicidal subjects. Unique perspectives are provided in order to provoke discussion within agencies to have a true understanding of the relevant Constitutional requirements. Case law examples are provided as talking points to assist in guiding policy and response decision-making. In addition, model programs from throughout the United States are presented as potential options for agencies to consider.


Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents

Dates: 4/8 – 4/9/2021

Instructor: Daniel Flippo

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.


Tactical Mission Planning

Dates: 4/8 – 4/9/2021

Instructor: Jason Jahnke

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 tactical 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. The primary goal of this course is to allow the student to conduct sample briefings during class in order to obtain experience and streamline the briefing process. Ensuring that a comprehensive but efficient briefing system is in place will be a course outcome.