May 28, 2024

NOTE: This workshop is not intended for tactical officers. The focus of this workshop is for patrol officers and supervisors.

The NTOA is excited to announce this day-long virtual workshop designed for senior patrol personnel and supervisors. This workshop will provide attendees with information and tools to help manage a patrol-based critical incident before the arrival of specialized units.

Understanding the Focus of Effort Methodology and the PIET3O decision-making model for managing a patrol tactical problem will be introduced. Additionally, this workshop will introduce the Recognition Primed Decision-Making Process through the utilization of multiple decision-making exercises throughout the day. The session will conclude with a critical incident debrief, providing patrol supervisors with valuable tools and lessons learned.

This workshop will be led by several experienced supervisors from our Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents instructor cadre.

This workshop is designed to be interactive between the presenters and participants and will involve the extensive use of breakout group discussions. Each student needs to be registered and will need their own computer to login with BOTH webcam and microphone capability.

This workshop has limited seating so register early!.

1000 – 1130 EDT

Focus of Effort Methodology and Managing a Dynamic Patrol Tactical Problem


The Initial focus of effort in a critical incident should be a flexible methodology that meets the changing circumstances of the incident. The focus of effort methodology serves as a principal guide to help decision-making based upon primary objectives such as preventing loss of life and significant bodily injury.  Infusing flexibility & enhancing future decision-making processes accelerates Boyd’s OODA Loop. It interleaves time-tested principles of tactical operations as a methodology to help any supervisor make better and timely decisions in patrol critical incidents. The recognition-primed decision-making concept is introduced, and decision-making exercises are utilized to understand better why it will help you develop better decision-making capabilities.


1130 – 1400 EDT

Applying the Focus of Effort Methodology and PIET3O to Patrol Tactical Problems Utilizing Decision-Making Exercises


Utilizing the Focus of Effort Methodology and the PIET3O Decision Making Model, Instructors will introduce actual police critical incidents and help the students apply intuition and analysis to the problem using several decision-making exercises. Using these principles, students will better understand decision-making processes in these critical incidents.

1500 – 1700 EDT

Applying Lessons Learned from Primary Mistakes Made During Large-Scale Critical Incidents Utilizing Decision-Making Exercises


Do we read the after-action reports of actual incidents, and how do those lessons learned affect our future decisions on critical incidents? Taken from lessons learned from actual critical incidents across the country, these primary mistakes continue to surface in patrol and tactical operations. This block of instruction will discuss these primary mistakes, how to recognize them early, and what you can do to prepare beforehand to avoid making the same mistakes.  Utilizing the lessons learned and building upon previous decision-making methodologies and models, instructors will introduce more actual police critical incidents and guide students through more decision-making exercises to enhance their skills and prevent primary mistakes made during critical incidents.

1700 – 1900 EDT

Incident Debrief Case Study


This case study will discuss the lessons learned from a significant large-scale critical incident. The case study will discuss the pre-incident, incident, and post-incident management of a historically significant police event and how we can apply the focus-of-effort methodology to enhance our decision-making capabilities in similar critical incidents.

Join us at the NTOA’s Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents Workshop and take your skills to the next level!

Registration Fee:

Members: $179

Non-members: $234 (includes a 1-year membership to NTOA)