OTOA Annual Conference Information

On - Line Registration Opens on or around February 4th

Member Price - $300

Non-OTOA Member Price up to $350

Membership rates: Standard $30, First Responder $30, Retired LE $20, Civilain Support $50

*OTOA membership and OTOA membership renewals are NOT included in the 2019 OTOA Conference registration fee.

Plan your training week

OTOA provided meals

  • Monday June 3 – Dinner
  • Tuesday June 4 – Dinner
  • Wednesday June 5 – Dinner

All other meals during conference week are “on your own”

Conference registration fee does not cover lodging


Sunday June 2, 2019 - "Early - Bird" Attendee Check - In

"Early - Bird" Registration starts at 1900hrs and ends 2100hrs on Sunday June 2nd at Kalahari. No OTOA sponsored meals on Sunday


OTOA General Session – Critical Incident Debriefing Presentations & OTOA Barbeque Dinner Hospitality

Attendee Check In – 0600 to 0820.


0830: Welcome to the 32nd Annual Training Conference Announcement

0830- 0840: Presentation of the Colors - FOP Lake Erie Lodge #17 Pipe and Honor Guard, National Anthem – Huron High School Singers: Olivia Arthur, Kelsey Stadler & Zoe Koehler, Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation.

0840 – 0845: Welcome to Sandusky and Kalahari from Erie County Sheriff Paul A. Sigsworth

0845–0855: Thomas Stickrath - Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety

0900 – 1200: Las Vegas Police Murders-A Behavioral Perspective – Robert Gaskamp

1200 – 1300: Lunch Break (on your own)

1315 – 1515: Will to Win – Jared Reston

1530 – 1630: Brick Mills Farms – Mike Sotka

1645 – 1745: Officer Threat/Ambush Awareness & Counter Surveillance Skills -Mark Spicer

1800: Dismissal

1830-2200: Hospitality Night – Barbeque Dinner Sponsored by OTOA:

Monday evening is the OTOA Hospitality at Kalahari Resort at the Villas.

This hospitality is open to all conference attendees. Like every OTOA hospitality event, the Barbeque Dinner will provide another invaluable opportunity to enjoy some food, beverage, camaraderie and networking.

Exhibitors taking part in the 2019 OTOA Vendor Live-Fire Event will be displaying their products for a sneak peak of what the attendees can live-fire on Tuesday.


Vendor Exhibition & Break - Out Training Classes
Live Fire Demo
Vendor Appreciation Barbeque Hospitality Dinner 

0900 - 1600: Vendor Exhibition & Break – Out Training Courses

Tuesday is much more than a “traditional” vendor show.

Vendor Show – Training – Vendor Live Fire Event – Door Prizes – Evening

Hospitality Event at the Range.

Tuesday June 4th offers a full day of training, gear and networking.

Doors to the 2019 OTOA Vendor Exhibition open at 0900. Once inside, you will be able to connect with over 250 different companies offering state of the art, lifesaving equipment.

0915 – 1500: Vendor Day Break Out Training Courses

The Break-Out Training Courses are held in the Executive Center and will run all day long during the vendor exhibition show.

There is no need to pre-register for any of the class. Pick the classes you want to attend and find a seat.

1630 – 1930: Vendor Day Live -Fire & Barbeque Dinner from Mission Barbeque - Erie County Conservation Club

Parking is very limited, and we have arranged for executive caliber buses to drive a continual loop from Kalahari to the Conservation Club. PLEASE USE THE BUSES. PARKING IS VERY LIMITED.

You MUST be present at the Live Fire Barbeque Hospitality at the Erie County Conservation Club to be eligible for the hundreds of door prizes.



Full Day of Training Classes & OTOA Awards Banquet

Wednesday June 5th is a day full of the classes you selected during the on-line conference registration.

1800 – 2100: 2019 OTOA Awards Banquet – Kalahari Ballroom

Special guest speaker is Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Steven M. Smith Award for Valor – Eric Joering & Anthony Morelli

Steven M. Smith Award for Valor sponsored by Daniel Defense

OTOA Award for Unit / Team Valor – Pittsburgh Police Department SWAT

OTOA Award for Unit / Team Valor sponsored by Strategic Armory Corps

OTOA Life Saving Award - Mike Rowe, Edward Gawlik, Mike Kastanis – Lorain County Sheriff’s Office SWAT

OTOA Life Saving Award sponsored by Armor Express

OTOA Award of Excellence – To be announced at the banquet

OTOA Award of Excellence sponsored by Team Wendy

 Spirit of the OTOA - To be announced at the banquet

Spirit of the OTOA sponsored by

All the high-end raffle prizes will be awarded at the banquet.


Training Classes
Thursday June 6th is a day full of the classes you picked during the on-line conference registration.


Training Classes & Conference Last Day
Friday June 7th is the last full day of the classes you picked during the on-line conference registration.

The 2019 OTOA Training Conference ends at 1800hrs.

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