NTOA Releases Updated Tactical Response & Operations Standards for LE

The National Tactical Officers Association updates the sets of standards by which law enforcement agencies use as a core set of concepts and principals.

National Tactical Officers Association
National Tactical Officers Association

Colorado Springs, CO (Ammoland.com) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to serving the law enforcement community, announces the latest update to its Tactical Response and Operation Standard for Law Enforcement (TROS).

This document establishes a basic set of standards for law enforcement agencies and serves as an efficient, core set of concepts and principles that improve standardization within the profession of tactical law enforcement services.

The NTOA’s mission 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. In line with this mission, the association first offered the SWAT Standard in 2008. In 2011 and 2015, the standard was reviewed, expanded and updated to represent the most contemporary best practices being used in the law enforcement community.

NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard
NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard

In July 2017, the NTOA once again began the arduous task of updating the 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 taken into consideration. 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.

The NTOA does not mandate compliance with this standard or attach such compliance as a prerequisite for any benefit granted under membership. This and future versions of this standard are living documents. It will require our organization to seek out those best practices and ensure that they are accurately reflected in the standard.

The latest version of the NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard can be downloaded from the NTOA’s website at ntoa.org/pdf/swatstandards.pdf.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit www.ntoa.org 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.


National Tactical Officers AssociationAbout 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. www.ntoa.org.

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All that is well and good except, some of the officers are not very professional in their approach to doing their job. Look at the incident where they went nuts and shot a bunch of the rancher’s animals or the incident when they shot the unarmed man dead at a traffic stop, Mr. Hammonds associate. If a citizen shot one of them while trying to defend himself from their extreme shot of adrenaline then he would be either shot or spend the rest of his life in jail. These examples plus the Waco incident shows, very plainly, that we do… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

What the standards do not include are limitations. At Waco, the BATFE and later FBI used M-60 machine gun fire from Texas Air Guard helicopters to shoot through the house roof, armored vehicles, specialized steel core “Cyclone” ammunition designed for anti-air craft fire, and chemical agents that, when exposed to fire, turned to cyanide gas. At Ruby ridge, the US Marshals service shot the dog that was not detecting them, the son that was not informed that his attackers were federal agents, the family friend that was not armed, and the mother holding a baby. The standards talk about competencies… Read more »

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

WildBill, brother, NOTA is making national training standards not policy nor law. They aren’t the agencies. You are correct that a lot of bad things have happened. All the more reason to work hard on ensuring it doesn’t again rather than attacking those who had ZERO to do with that. I was a reserve police officer while stationed in CONUS at that time. I was disgusted by it too. I’ve worked damn hard for 23 years after serving on 2 tac teams to ensure we did the right thing. These folks are trying. Is it perfect? Nah probably not. Is… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Matt, That’s good to hear, or more properly read.

m.
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m.

proposedt: if you don’t get the name & address correct, your useless ass is gone, never to work in le againm.`

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

These are decent guidelines for SWAT units. Everyone has their own way of getting to these and in many cases utilize multiple teams to accomplish it. The tier levels are interesting in how you approached them. I think you could go 1 or 2 more down for specific units such as prisons, nuke sites where all this isn’t needed for the majority of operations.
As to the other comments in this I’m not even sure how y’all got to them from reading this. I’m guessing you didn’t read it or don’t have any experience as a team member.

John Galt
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John Galt

“Changing from priorities of life to safety”……..

Says it all.

License to kill.

JS
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JS

I am pro LEO but jesus there are a lot of yahoos with a badge and control issues. Standards are great but not requiring compliance means nothing. As much as I cannot stand California’s politics, there is a bill that will limit an LEO’s ability to fire first. If LEO’s cannot get behind standards and stop shooting innocent people in the back or while unarmed then the crazy politicians will put the limits in place for them.

Jocko
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Jocko

Oh yes, that bill is great….. if you don’t live in California. I think you lost every gun owner when you started basing your ideologies from what happens in the land of fruits and nuts.

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

Being unarmed isn’t a qualifier for not being dangerous enough to shoot. If someone like Brock Lesner at 300lbs of skilled muscle is grinding out your buckohfive wife while he’s on K2 I suppose I should stop and refer to what kommiefornia, and the liberal press who ignore the thousands of legal lifesaving acts that day, think before taking action in their new bill…. This post is about trying to make more professional, trained and responsible law enforcement tactical team members and getting onboard. I’m as pro 2A as it comes but some of y’all need to get off the… Read more »

Andy Buckmichael
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Andy Buckmichael

The vast majority of them do not have the intelligence to understand that information,

An Angry Farmer
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An Angry Farmer

I am a “Wrong Address” SWAT attack survivor. The squad was in the wrong county! It is disappointing to see no mention of protection of innocents or de-escalation/reset when sent under false pretenses. (SWATing kills are approved apparently?).

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@AAF, Were I president, I would issue the following executive order, ” Any lawsuit that contains a civil rights violation claim shall be paid for, in its entirety, from the commencement of the law suit to completion, from the budget of that federal agency. Any current lawsuit, containing a civil rights violation claim, against any federal agency, shall be paid for, in its entirety, from the budget of that federal agency. Any federal agency employee that interferes with said payments shall be immediately terminated and barred from all or any future federal employment, or security clearance. All federal contracts with… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@AAF, I’d like to read more. If SWAT killings were approved, why did they not kill you? Who did they kill? Was this the wrong county mistake or what were the false pretenses? Which agency?

An Angry Farmer
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An Angry Farmer

Wild Bill, I survived by pure luck. It was a Saturday afternoon August 2004. By luck my young daughter and pregnant wife were at my in-laws and I was cleaning up to join them after moving the irrigator. This is Western NY and we don’t have air conditioning so all the windows and screens were open. I had gotten out of the shower and was 1/2 shaved when I heard the Suburban enter the driveway and it was half a step to see them. I went to the front door as the team was about to smash in the screen… Read more »

Andy Buckmichael
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Andy Buckmichael

Like I said, these are not intelligent people.

Taj
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Taj

Buckmichael,
Did it get too hot under your rock again?