Tactical Team Leader Description

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The Tactical Team Leader course exposes current and future SWAT team commanders, team leaders, crisis negotiators, patrol and detective supervisors, administrators, and road patrol officers to contemporary critical incident response issues, tactics, and procedures.

Target Audience

  • SWAT/SRT Leadership
  • Future Team Leaders
  • Crisis Negotiators
  • Current Supervisors
  • New Supervisors
  • ALL that respond to critical incidents

Topics Include

  • Legal Update
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Record Keeping
  • Operations Manual
  • Policy & Procedures
  • Threat Assessments
  • Leadership Principals
  • Training & Equipment
  • Standards & Selection
  • Suicidal & EDP Response
  • Debriefs & After Actions
  • Civil Disturbances & Rioting
  • Critical Incident Decision-Making
  • Contemporary Response Planning
  • Barricades - High-Risk Warrants - Hostage Rescue

Also Covered

  • Justifying specialized teams or "SWAT" teams
  • The use of specialized teams
  • SWAT standards and professionalism
  • Contemporary SWAT issues and concerns
  • SWAT and the media
  • Discipline and removal of SWAT team members
  • Crisis negotiations teams
  • Tactical operation centers
  • Operations planning
  • Weapons and equipment selection

The focus of this training will be on pre-incident training, planning, organizing, and the tactical decision-making process used in resolving high-risk operations.

Also included in the curriculum is an overview of National SWAT Standards and critical incident reviews.

Practical applications will include scouting and planning warrants, small team planning, tactics to resolve critical incidents, and reviewing tactical incidents and videos.

Attendees will participate in group discussions, write operations orders, develop training plans, and critique and evaluate tactics and decisions based on a principal-based SWAT and patrol response decision-making process. 

Class starts at 8:00 AM, and the training days are eight hours long.


Business casual

Lodging, Travel and Food:

The course cost does not include ammunition, lodging, transportation, and food.

  • Attendees are responsible for their ammunition, lodging, transportation, and food.

Any tactic, technique, or technology covered at any OTOA advanced training or annual training conference MUST be applied in compliance with the United States Constitution, the Ohio Revised Code, and the rules and regulations of an attendee’s employing law enforcement agency.