The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) recently announced the development and launch of the NTOA Academy in 2016. The new NTOA Academy is a crowning achievement of the NTOA’s mission to train and prepare tactical operators, and will be a partnership of the NTOA and the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS). The NTOA Academy will seek to partner with State and Regional tactical officer associations; as well as, State and Local training academies to advance the curriculum in a more comprehensive and systematic approach.
NTOA hopes to establish training doctrines and programs providing “best practices” approaches to modern tactical problems, with the ultimate goal of providing tactical officers with “national certifications” as tactical operators and specialists. For nearly 30 years NTOA has offered a wide variety of specialized training courses designed to provide law enforcement tactical officers with the skills and decision-making ability to carry out the various missions tactical teams may confront. The new NTOA Academy appears it will take that training to an even higher level.
The NTOA Academy
The National Tactical Officers Association began in 1983 when LASD Lt. John Kolman realized there needed to be a better mechanism for tactical teams to discuss the best methods for handling specialized problems. In very quick order the NTOA was born, and spread all across the country and even outside of our borders. Divided into three regions, the NTOA seeks to represent the nation’s tactical operators.
By bringing in the minds and experience of a wide range of tactical officers, the NTOA has developed a series of policies, tactics, and recommendations to do this job safer and better. These guidelines have not been universally accepted. Despite, using some of the most experienced tactical minds in the nation, there are still some agencies, teams, team leaders, and individual officers that refuse to acknowledge the advancements that NTOA has forwarded.
The NTOA Academy will combine on-sight, resident, and online training formats to provide officers from any agency or region of the country the best potential for expanding their training opportunities. The NTOA training philosophy will go much more than teaching how to perform modern tactical operations, but will also provide the why. In that way officers will understand not only what they are doing, but have a strong legal, procedural, and moral understanding of why they are doing them.
The NTOA Academy Announcement
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the formation of the NTOA Academy, created in partnership with the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS). The NTOA Academy, “An Investment in Innovation, Education and the Future,” is an internationally blended and comprehensive educational program designed to prepare today’s tactical officers and policing leaders to succeed in a high-risk, ever-changing professional environment and to effectively meet the challenges of the future.
Scheduled to launch in mid-2016, the NTOA Academy is a dynamic learning experience using online, resident and experience-based tactical learning modules to introduce new concepts, refine the tactical team members’ understanding of application, and then to use those skills to resolve some of the most complex, challenging and high-risk incidents involving their communities. Additionally, the NTOA and IAPS will be working collaboratively with state and regional tactical associations to build 21st Century, state-of-the-art education opportunities leading to national certifications for operators, instructors and command staff personnel. The curriculum will be based on best practices and designed to ensure that graduates are prepared to meet the dynamic challenges of modern policing.
The NTOA is incredibly excited to partner with Dr. Mitch Javidi, CEO of IAPS, on this project. NTOA’s Executive Director Mark Lomax states, “We recognize it is a very challenging task. Yet, we are confident that with Dr. Javidi’s extensive and unique experiences, coupled with the membership of the state and regional associations and the NTOA, the cooperative efforts with IAPS will help guide this mission to success.”
The NTOA prides itself in providing quality training and focused education to the tactical law enforcement community. We are acutely aware of the challenges facing our profession today and sincerely believe that we have a moral obligation to expand our training and educational opportunities to meet the growing demand for contemporary knowledge and skills. The NTOA Academy will provide all law enforcement personnel access to a learning environment designed to ensure they receive the most contemporary information and skills necessary for applying the gained knowledge. It will be the most robust education and certification program available to law enforcement to date. This endeavor is in keeping with the NTOA’s goal of providing an avenue for a continuum of training and education of the highest quality.
“We feel privileged to be a partner in this timely, 21st Century educational undertaking with the NTOA and compliment the association for its shared vision and commitment to international policing,” said Dr. Javidi.