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Former NTOA Director Advocates Restrictions for No-Knock Warrants
Mark Lomax, the former executive director of NTOA, said it’s time to take a “serious look” at “ending the dangerous practice of no-knock warrants and raids,” outside of extenuating circumstances.
November 24, 2020
Answering SWAT Critics
Is SWAT overused? What missions should it be assigned? Is it too costly? And now that patrol officers have rifles and other special gear, is it still needed?
August 16, 2019
(Video) Tactics for Surviving an Ambush Attack
Don Alwes discusses how increased officer situational awareness, proper tactical response, and knowledge of John Boyd's OODA Loop can keep officers safer in the event of an ambush attack.
June 26, 2019
(Video) Train and Equip Officers for Self-Care/Buddy Care
Don Alwes emphasizes the critical life-saving nature of first-aid equipment and training so wounded LEOs can treat themselves and fellow officers.
June 13, 2019
(Video) How to Outfit a Police Department with Patrol Rifles
Don Alwes discusses how a department should approach implementing a patrol rifle program. Alwes shares the questions that need to be answered before such a program is begun, and some best practices for getting it up and running.
June 7, 2019
(Video) Police Trainer Don Alwes on Active Shooter Response
Don Alwes discusses some of the pre-attack behaviors that might indicate an imminent attack, as well as ways in which law enforcement can improve its response when an active shooter event does occur.
May 31, 2019
Looking Back: Semi-Autos, Shootouts, and SWAT Standards
In past March issues, POLICE has covered how to transition from revolvers to semi-automatics, awards for outgunned officers, and the first national tactical standards.
March 4, 2019
National Tactical Officers Association Announces First Ever Law Enforcement Leadership Symposium
Developing strong leadership is a challenging task for police agencies. In recognition, the NTOA is offering this weeklong training event that will provide an array of its most sought-after leadership courses, led by some of the nation’s best instructors in law enforcement leadership training.
February 26, 2019
NTOA to Hold Annual Conference in Milwaukee Next Month
More than 70 courses will be offered, including seminars, practical tracks and several contemporary incident debriefs. Topics include team management, risk mitigation, current case law and emerging trends in tactical operations. Attendees can choose from an outstanding selection of incident debriefs and seminars on patrol, leadership, current legal issues and many other topics.
August 22, 2018
Improving SWAT Operations
Experts say the chance for positive outcomes during tactical team callouts will increase with better selection of team members, organization of teams, training of operators and commanders; and with more effective use of equipment and technology.
August 8, 2018
Father of Student Murdered by Parkland Shooter Calls for National School Safety Standards
At a news conference Wednesday in Washington, DC, Schacter announced that the Foundation is working with some of the nation's leading law enforcement organizations.
June 28, 2018
POLICE Magazine and NSSF Sponsor Low-Cost Law Enforcement Training at SHOT Show 2018
The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) at SHOT 2018 lets officers attend high-quality training sessions for $25. That fee allows any sworn officer in attendance at the SHOT Show to take in as much LEEP training as they wish.
November 29, 2017
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