The Tactical Edge
The complete professional journal of the law enforcement special operations community.
Widely considered the leading authority in law enforcement operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches approximately 50,000 officers from more than 17,000 agencies and divisions in both digital and print. For more than 36 years, our award-winning journal has been on the forefront of law enforcement publications, featuring timely articles from a legion of seasoned experts. Articles focus on current patrol and tactical topics, as well as crisis negotiations, EMS and a variety of other specialties.
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The NTOA welcomes submissions from current members and selected non-members. Authors should follow the following guidelines:
- Please submit an original manuscript in electronic format via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word as an email attachment. Complete contact information should be provided, including mailing address, law enforcement affiliation and daytime phone.
- Must include brief bio of law enforcement background. May include a recent head-and-shoulder photo of the author (no sunglasses or hats).
- All articles are submitted to multi-stage peer review by NTOA subject-matter experts before approval for publication. This process, along with the need to evaluate space and schedule, can take several weeks. Manuscripts not selected for publication will receive notice without criticism or comment.
- The NTOA reserves the right to edit manuscripts. These edits could include changes to clarify the story, improve the writing, trim the length or ensure that an article meets our stylistic guidelines found in the Associated Press Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style.
- Articles should be written in third-person narrative, (First-person narrative will be considered at editor’s discretion.)
- The NTOA will NOT publish articles that are advertorial in nature and/or that promote the author’s company, training or product.
- Articles about competitions/contests are not accepted.
- Digital photos are required. The NTOA reserves the right to crop photos. All photos must include captions keyed to photo file name.
- The Tactical Edge uses endnotes – manuscripts should not have footnotes or in-text citations. All notes should be marked by a number in the text and corresponding citation or information should be listed at the end of the manuscript with the corresponding numbers.
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