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The Ohio Tactical Officers Association is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the performance and professionalism of all levels of first responders. We provide vital training and relevant education at a value throughout the state to those driven to improve. By cultivating a community of like-minded professionals with the highest standards, we elevate the profession and build trust between first responders and the public they serve.


Enhancing the Communities We Serve Through Training, Education & Community.

Legal and Ethical Foundation

It establishes a solid foundation for ensuring officers comprehend the laws governing their actions. It instills ethical decision-making by addressing legal considerations related to using force and presenting real-world case studies.

Specialized Tactical Skills

Teaches officers specialized skills tailored to diverse operational scenarios — from active-shooter events to urban/rural tactical considerations — allowing them to gain expertise in strategic responses.

De-escalation and Conflict Resolution

Emphasizes the importance of nonviolent resolution strategies through realistic scenario-based training that helps officers refine their decision-making and communication skills in dynamic situations and promotes de-escalation whenever possible.

Leadership in High-Stress Situations

It focuses on qualities essential for high-stress situations. It helps officers develop skills in swift decision-making, effective team coordination, and clear communication, fostering strong leadership capabilities that are crucial in dynamic environments.

Public Safety Integration

It underscores the commitment to ensuring public safety during law enforcement operations by engaging officers in strategies that prioritize community safety and effective communication.

Vehicle Encounters Involving Occupants

This course recognizes the significance of tactical vehicle operations by covering maneuvers, positioning, and essential engagement strategies for officers. Its key focus is understanding the points of failure and friction with subject interactions in or around vehicles.

Continuous Adaptation

Ensures officers stay abreast of evolving legal standards by addressing contemporary use-of-force and case law. This knowledge empowers officers to adapt their tactics within the bounds of the law, thus enhancing overall effectiveness.

Medical Proficiency and Self-Aid

Emphasizes the importance of tactical medical training; teaches officers lifesaving techniques, trauma-care skills, and self-aid practices, enhancing their ability to respond to injuries and emergencies.