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Webinar: (2020) Chasing Perfection: The NTOA Physical Fitness Qualification
Course #: 20203410

Vince Lombardi once said, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." Since the release of the NTOA PFQ this spring, many swat operators have chased perfection in the form of the PFQ physical fitness evaluation. The scope of the fitness test is dedicated to the safety, effectiveness, and overall fitness of operators across the world. This webinar will review the history, purpose, and the steps utilized in the development of the PFQ. Patrick Lynch will take you to step by step through each component of the program. He will review the movement of standards for each element, including common mistakes with form, scoring of events, and why we need the scores in each event. Patrick will discuss the scaling of movements or alternate events for team members and will review the idea of skill challenges, as well as provide new training ideas for personal improvement in the PFQ. In this interactive webinar, Patrick will show videos demonstrating examples of proper technique and scoring of events. There will be time allowed for questions and answers. To find out more about the testing protocols and implementation materials, and to input test scores to the NTOA, please visit our website. https://www.ntoa.org/pfq/

Webinar (2020) The Use of Force Continuum
Course #: 20203380

This webinar is provided in partnership between the National Tactical Officers Association and the Daigle Law Group. Watch Attorney Eric Daigle, both the principal of Daigle Law Group and national use of force instructor/expert, for an in-depth webinar about the history and trends associated with using a diagram continuum in a constitutional policing model. Attorney Daigle will discuss the history and reasoning behind the decision to remove the continuum from the police use of force policies a decade ago and why it is unacceptable to revive it in present-day policing. Law enforcement has worked for almost two decades to remove the stair-stepping methodology of the use of force continuum, due to its continued failure to represent the methodology of current case law accurately. During this webinar, you will obtain a better understanding of why an image does not represent the current established case law and the constitutional standards that we have in this Country.

Webinar: (2020) Rescue Task Force: Expectations of Success
Course #: 20203370

This webinar will cover the four main models of providing warm zone care to include Rescue Task Force. Responding to active violence incidents requires an integrated response, and this webinar will describe methods to build trust within public safety partners and how to build confidence within the program by providing training opportunities in a crawl, walk, run format. An overview of common fail points at most joint high threat incidents such as communication, unified command, and a common operating picture will be addressed. We will discuss how to avoid fail points through training, shared policy, and having reasonable expectations of success built upon realistic conversations between agencies. This webinar will challenge the audience to re-examine their definition of risk-based upon joint trust and safety priorities.

Webinar: (2020) Managing a Critical Incident: OIS & Manhunt Operational Debrief
Course #: 20203330

This webinar will debrief lessons learned managing a 2019 critical incident that included an officer-involved shooting and the manhunt that transpired afterward to locate the suspect. In this dynamic presentation, you will gain a better understanding of managing a large-scale incident from the command post down to the operational level. This webinar will have live drone and helicopter video footage, which will enhance students' experience. Presented by the incident commander, you will not want to miss this debrief!

Webinar: (2020) Unfolding The Mystery Of The Risk Assessment Matrix
Course #: 20203230

This webinar (approximately 1-hour in length) explores the purpose and functions of the risk assessment matrix. The panelist will discuss the background, history, and foundational purpose of the matrix. The webinar will then define the types of risk assessment systems commonly used across the tactical community and then compare & contrast these systems. The webinar concludes by identifying acceptable and best practices held by the National Tactical Officers Associations.


Webinar: (2020) Creating a Common Operational Picture
Course #: 20203220

For tactical units to gain situational awareness quickly, it is imperative and vital to creating a common operational picture. A common operational picture is shared knowledge and understanding between individuals, teams, and command. It is critically important when many agencies are involved in major disasters and large tactical operations. Because fog, friction, and chance exist to some degree in every operation; a common operational picture is essential to success. This webinar will cover definitions and assist you in creating a better understanding of gaining a common operating view quickly. It will include some case law examples of lessons learned from a legal standpoint as well from personal experiences. It will also cover some critical methods needed before and during an operation to create a successful and common operation picture.

Webinar: (2020) Leadership Lessons of Antiquity: Analyzing Historical Lessons from Boyd's Perspective
Course #: 20203200

The principles that support sound strategy and tactical decision-making have been well documented since the time of Sun Tzu, Alexander the Great, Machiavelli, and many others. It is somewhat ironic that many contemporary law enforcement commanders sadly lack any understanding of the science that supports sound decisions. In this webinar, we will discuss overviews of a handful of historical commanders and glean insight through John Boyd's recent analysis through "Patterns of Conflict." This webinar is a brief introduction to some lessons learned that will help any modern-day police supervisor, team leader, or SWAT Commander. By learning from successes and failures of history and applying your insight from personal experiences, you will gain a better understanding of what it means of becoming a student of the art and science of strategy.

Webinar: (2014) Terrorist Tactics Against Law Enforcement
Course #: 20142770

This webinar reviews philosophy and tactics used by terrorist organizations to defeat and subjugate law enforcement. Also discussed is the current state of affairs globally as it pertains to extremist Islamic terrorist groups and their efforts to escalate attacks on United States soil. Mr. Branyon leverages his expertise and first-hand knowledge from abroad, to include Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, to illustrate this discussion. To be successful, terrorists must first demonstrate that law enforcement is incapable of consistently protecting United States citizens. Law enforcement must be proactive in vanguard to address this threat.

Webinar: (2014) TEMS Update: Future Trends and Lessons Learned
Course #: 20142760

In this webinar, NTOA TEMS Section Chair, Dr. Kevin Gerold, discusses the recently revised NTOA TEMS position statement which recognizes that police officers are often the initial responders to active violent incidents and calls for all police officers to receive basic TEMS training. The ability to control life-threatening hemorrhage, triage casualties, establish secure casualty collection points and coordinate care with existing EMS responders have become core law enforcement skills and all police officers should have the basic medical skills and equipment to save the lives of victims, bystanders, police officers and suspects in the event they are wounded. Dr. Gerold also discusses lessons learned from existing TEMS programs and sheds light on potential future challenges facing police officers and medical providers supporting law enforcement operations.

Webinar: (2013) IED Threats: A Wake-Up Call for Law Enforcement
Course #: 20133060

This presentation provides first responders and SWAT an insight into the various types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) currently being used by terrorists and criminals. In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, this presentation heightens awareness and examines the design and potential threat that various IEDs pose to American law enforcement and communities. Topics include:
  • Suicide bomber device designs and past deployment plots in the United States
  • Ambush and secondary devices, along with the terrorist technical manuals available on the internet
  • Deployment of Vehicle Borne IEDs
  • Pipe bombs and improvised grenades used as weapons
  • Stand-off weapon designs and deployment methods
  • Multiple/simultaneous terrorist attacks


  • Webinar: (2013) IED Threats: Southwest Border
    Course #: 20133050

    This webinar provides an overview of counter-IED operations along the U.S./Mexico border. Topics discussed include tunnels, smuggling cases, anti-immigration militia trends, and the Mexico explosives surge. The webinar begins by providing background information about the TSWG Southwest Border Counter IED Working Group and then delves into the complexity of issues surrounding US/Mexican IEDs. Conventional vs. unconventional responses, challenges, priority areas, and the need for continuing partnerships are also discussed.

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