National Tactical Officers Association Releases Winter Edition of “The Tactical Edge”


Winter Edition of The Tactical Edge
Winter Edition of The Tactical Edge
National Tactical Officers Association

Doylestown, Pa. ( – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the winter edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. Widely considered to be the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches over 60,000 law enforcement officers from over 8,000 agencies and divisions.

Featured in this issue is Phil Hansen’s “Lessons in Leadership: The Difference One Good Person Can Make.” In this article, Hansen focuses on the leadership lessons he was reminded of as he celebrated the life of Sgt. Steven Owen, a man who clearly loved his faith, his family and his chosen vocation as a law enforcement officer.

Members-only features include Troy King’s “The Scaled Crisis Response Model: Filling the Void in Crisis Response” and “Comparing Traits of SWAT Operators, Crisis Negotiators and Patrol Officers” by Andrew T. Young and Chris Hennington. Also featured is “Understanding Situational Awareness,” by Sid Heal. The entire issue is available to new members online by joining NTOA.

The NTOA has also made several articles available online to nonmembers, including “University of Cincinnati TEMS: A Resident Physician Experience,” by David W. Strong, Justin L. Benoit and Dustin J. Calhoun. The article gives an overview of how a Tactical Emergency Medical Support unit can be an invaluable asset to a tactical team, contributing to the successful completion of the team mission, as well as discussing several TEMS configurations, program development, training, team operations and the keys to success.

Other items of interest are the director’s message by Mark Lomax, an interview with retired Captain Keith Frakes on his career as a SWAT and bomb-squad commander, and a student profile from the NTOA Command College on Officer Ken Kollmann, Lacey (WA) Police Department.

The Tactical Edge has been providing the law enforcement community with cutting edge, lifesaving information from leading experts for more than 30 years and is the winner of multiple awards, including the 2006 American In-House Design Award from Graphic Design USA and the 2013 APEX Award for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts. It is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.

The Tactical Edge is seeking new content. If you have an area of expertise or would like to write about an incident, training technique, crisis negotiation or other topic, please contact [email protected]. Don’t be intimidated – The Tactical Edge editing team can help writers through the process. For submission guidelines, visit

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit or call 800-279-9127. Join the NTOA today and start receiving the benefits of better training and stay on top of the ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement.

About the National Tactical Officers Association

The mission of the NTOA is to enhance the performance and professional status of law enforcement personnel by providing a credible and proven training resource as well as a forum for the development of tactics and information exchange. The association’s ultimate goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.