Students will be introduced to basic SWAT topics, tactics, and techniques including a historical overview of SWAT, team organization and structure, resolution of barricaded suspect situations, individual and team movement, searches and room clearing, less-lethal options, warrant service, and multiple field training exercises. This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field.
Note - This course will benefit officers that are not assigned to a specialized team (SWAT/SRT).
This course is restricted to OTOA Members that are sworn officers of a United States governmental agency.
The following is a detailed list of what the OTOA recommends each student bring to the 5-day Basic SWAT training.
Body Armor is MANDATORY for this class. Any of the following options are acceptable:
Ballistic helmet (if issued)
Primary Weapon System (long gun) AR-15 variant or sub-gun
Secondary Weapon System (pistol)
OTOA RED TEAM training cadre are all certified Scenario and Safety Certification Training Course graduates.
Students are encouraged to bring agency-owned weapon conversion kits and marking cartridges.
Simunition © FX 5.56mm marking cartridges are not permitted in any OTOA training UNLESS otherwise approved by the OTOA training manager.
All other Simunition © branded marking cartridges in 9mm and .38 caliber are permitted.
Force on Force conversion kits and marking cartridges for AR platform rifles (5.56/.223 ONLY) will be provided to each student in the course that does not have agency-owned force on force conversion kits and marking cartridges.
The OTOA uses Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) bolt and Ultimate Training Munition (UTM) marking cartridges.
ANY / ALL EQUIPMENT for a “call out” or SWAT / SRT activation
If you are allergic to bees, outdoor plants, or animals, please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication.
Life-threatening allergies and pre-existing injuries or conditions must be reported to the OTOA training staff on day one of training.