In July 2017, the NTOA once again began the arduous task of updating the Tactical Response and Operations Standard for Law Enforcement Agencies (TROS). Keeping in mind the impact that this document has on our profession, it was critical that input from our members was considered. The NTOA contacted all state association presidents, as well as several federal partners and invited them to serve on the review committee.


The final committee consisted of 20 participants, each bringing valuable input from their associations and organizations that they represented. The member comment period was then opened for one month. All comments offered by members were carefully assessed and considered. The overall goal of the review committee was to ensure that the voluntary consensus standard continues to provide guidance to law enforcement special operations leaders and evolves to meet the ever-changing tactics, technology and practices of those in our profession.


The most substantive changes to the document included the addition of recommended equipment lists, better guidance on both TEMS and CNT capabilities, and a terminology change from Priorities of Life to Safety Priorities.


Click here to download the updated TROS.