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National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Release of the Summer Edition of The Tactical Edge

The complete professional journal of the law enforcement special operations community is now available to members of the NTOA.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 2018) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the summer edition of The Tactical Edge is now available. Widely considered to be the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches more than 40,000 law enforcement officers throughout the United States, Canada and around the world.

The summer edition of The Tactical Edge celebrates the NTOA’s 35th anniversary of its founding. The Tactical Edge has been integral from the beginning and continues to be a major benefit and prime communicator to the NTOA membership.

Members-only features include “Tactical Teams: Pitfalls, Perils and Positive Performance” by Steve Ijames and “Policing Scheduled Events: A Planning Primer” by Bruce Liebe. Also featured is “Initial Response to an Active Shooter Event” by Joe Witty. The entire issue is available online to law enforcement officers who become members of the NTOA.

The NTOA has also made several articles available online to nonmembers, including “Lessons in Leadership: A Question of Balance” by Phil Hansen. In this article, Hansen discusses how he sees the art of leadership as a question of perspective and balance, employing what at times may appear to be honorable, but somewhat competing values, when searching for reasonable solutions to difficult questions. Other items of interest include the Executive Director’s message and a profile of NTOA Command College student Lt. Jon Brambila of Prescott (AZ) Police Department.

The NTOA has recently released the updated 2018 Tactical Response and Operations Standard (TROS). Seeking input from NTOA members, state association presidents and federal partners, the final review committee consisted of 20 participants, each bringing valuable input from the organizations they represent. In “NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard: An Evolution,” the NTOA discusses the process of updating the Standard to meet today’s demands. Kevin Gerold’s “Standards for TEMS: NTOA Tactical Response and Operations Standard for Law Enforcement Agencies Updated to Include TEMS” reflects on the NTOA’s history as a leader in TEMS advocacy and training and discusses the inclusion of it in the 2018 TROS.

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 always seeking new content. If you have an area of expertise or would like to write about an incident, training technique, crisis negotiation or another topic, please contact Don’t be intimidated – The Tactical Edge editing team can help new writers through the article writing 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.