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Support Spirit Of Blue By Purchasing A Wreath

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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We are a proud supporter of our nation’s law enforcement community, and sponsor of the Spirit of Blue Foundation, who grants safety equipment to police agencies in need. Please join us in showing support for our nation’s officers by displaying the Spirit of Blue Wreath this Christmas Season at your home, the office or even send one to your local police department to tell them how much you appreciate them. $10 from every wreath goes to support Spirit of Blue and will benefit the safety of police officers nationwide. Simply go and order today at bit.ly/wreath17.

Lancer-Systems Supports End of Watch Raffle for Two Slain Kissimmee Police Department Officers

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Lancer-Systems, manufacturers of Hybrid Advanced Warfighting Magazines, carbon-fiber handguards and a range of L15 and L30 rifles, is honored to sponsor a custom built Lancer-Systems L15 Patrol Rifle Raffle. The income of which will benefit the families of Officer Matthew Baxter, EOW 08/18/2017, and Sergeant Richard “Sam” Howard, EOW 08/19/2017.

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Said Ross Botha, Lancer Director of Government & International Sales: “This is a small gesture by Lancer-Systems to try and help make their loved ones’ lives a little easier. It is hoped that this raffle will bring in much needed funds for those left behind by this tragedy.”

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Raffle tickets for the L15 Patrol can be purchased starting 11/13/2017 through George Montgomery (Kissimmee Police Department), call him on 407-847-0176. Cost is $20 per ticket, 3 tickets for $50 or 6 tickets for $100.

The drawing will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at the 3 Sisters Speakeasy Restaurant in downtown Kissimmee, FL

Please support this very worthy cause.

NTOA Announces Educational Scholarship Program Applications Now Open

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

The James Torkar Educational Scholarship Program application period is open from Nov. 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018 for dependent children of active NTOA “Individual” members.

Doylestown, Pa. (November 2017) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased that the James Torkar Educational Scholarship Program application period is now open from Nov. 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018. This program benefits dependent children of members with active NTOA “Individual” memberships that are at least 16 years old and U.S. citizens. It provides funding for college tuition and other eligible expenses, such as room and board, required books, required supplies, required equipment, mandatory fees and / or special needs services.

For the 2017/2018 Scholarship period, two, $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to each region: Eastern, Central and Western.

Scholarships may be awarded one of two ways:
The creation and funding of an IRS 529 College Savings Plan.
Direct payment to the educational institution.

Under current IRS regulations, a 529 plan fund grows tax-free from federal income tax and when used for qualified higher educational expenses may be withdrawn free from federal income taxes. The NTOA Educational Scholarships will be awarded with a parent or duly appointed guardian as the owner and the dependent child as the beneficiary.

Previous recipients had this to say about receiving the James Torkar Educational Scholarship:
“As a winner of the James Torkar Educational Scholarship, I have been empowered to pursue both my short- and long-term educational and career goals. Thanks to the scholarship, I was able to live on campus and finish my freshman year at the University of Nevada, Reno with straight A’s and a confirmed passion in my studies.”
~ Adam Cassell, 2015 Scholarship Recipient

“I am incredibly grateful to the NTOA for providing opportunities to students like myself. With it, I have been able to kick start my plans for the future and get that much closer to reaching my goals.”
~ Rhianna C. Marchand, 2015 Scholarship Recipient


Cmdr. Jeff Selleg and Mackenzie Selleg – 2013 Recipient

“I am so grateful for the support from the NTOA and am trying to use this scholarship to its fullest potential. You all impact lives every day, and thanks to your support, I am able to make a difference as well and will continue working to create change.”
~ Mackenzie Selleg, 2013 Scholarship Recipient

“The James Torkar Educational Scholarship helped me go to an out-of-state school that is ranked in the Top 10 in my field of study. I am forever grateful for the opportunities provided by the NTOA that have supported my family and myself during my college education.”
~ Sydney Teal, 2012 Scholarship Recipient

Read more stories from previous scholarship winners here.

Any active “Individual” member may sponsor a child of a deceased NTOA member for a scholarship. Family members of NTOA employees and directors are not eligible for this award. A nominated individual may only win one NTOA scholarship.

Nearly all colleges, universities, community colleges, law, medical or business schools qualify. Many career or technical schools are eligible. The school must be eligible to participate in the federal financial aid programs. The National Tactical Officers Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Additional questions may be emailed to scholarships@ntoa.org or call 800-279-9127.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit www.ntoa.org 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.

Osprey Elite 220 – European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

I’ve collected Osprey books for over 30 years. They remain some of my best historical reference material, in particular because of the excellent artist plates in each volume.

One of their latest releases is “Elite 220: European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017” which examines the evolution and growth of both Mil and LE organizations devoted specifically with the CT mission.

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At only 64-pages, the volume doesn’t go into great detail but it does offer the highlights. Beginning with 1972’s tragedy at the Olympic Village in Munich, author Leigh Neville then examines how the threat has changed. Next, he discusses technical innovations such as the use of specialized vehicles and then he delves into the units themselves. By country, Neville basic order of battle and highlights specific operations. These are accompanied by photographs as well as some top notch work by illustrator Adam Hook.

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The artist plates are very well researched. Take for instance the image above which showcases (l-r) British 22 SAS, French GIGN and London Metropolitan Police SCO19. The image is so up-to-date with 2017 that it has the GIGN member in Arc’teryx coveralls, a recent acquisition of that team’s kit bag.

Not only do I highly recommend the Osprey series, but in particular those works by Leigh Neville. His dedication to accuracy is admirable.

Via Amazon, www.amazon.com/European-Counter-Terrorist-Units-1972-2017-Elite.

Blue Force Gear to Showcase New Tactical Equipment At NTOA Tactical Conference & Trade Show

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

POOLER, Ga., Sept. 15, 2017 – As the designer and manufacturer of the world’s finest weapon slings and tactical equipment, Blue Force Gear is preparing to showcase two of its most popular products at the NTOA Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona. From Sept. 24-29 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, show attendees will be able to see firsthand why the MicroTKN!™ and MARCO® are the two newest must-have products in tactical operations.

The MicroTKN! is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit NOW!™ and is designed to hold essential lifesaving medical supplies in a small, easy-to-carry pack that takes up minimal space and carries a low profile. Blue Force Gear’s goal with the MicroTKN! is to change the mindset of everyday carry to include trauma care, keeping tactical operators prepared for even the most drastic of situations. The kit comes in three options: basic, advanced and unfilled.

With the MARCO marking stick dispenser, Blue Force Gear has revolutionized room clearing in tactical operations with a more efficient, effective and compact way to carry marking lights. Users save critical time during preparation during pre-mission tasks by not having to unwrap, tape, and bundle chem sticks. The dispenser design makes it simple for users – simply open the Mylar package with the pre-loaded dispenser, insert the MARCO dispenser inside of the belt or MOLLE holster and proceed with the mission. The design provides a low profile and prevents the accidental activation of a chem stick, which can cause unwanted light.

Product demonstrations and seminars for the MicroTKN! and MARCO will be available at the Blue Force Gear booth number 811. Attendees will also have the chance to learn from educational courses and try interactive exhibits during the expo.

“We’re dedicated to providing the best tactical gear possible to law enforcement nationwide,” said Ashley Burnsed, CEO of Blue Force Gear. “The NTOA conference is a great opportunity to meet with our customers and we’re looking forward to showing them some of our next-generation gear from 2017.”

Find Blue Force Gear’s new products and current lineup at booth number 811.

NTOA Announces New Advanced Response Police Officer Course

Friday, September 1st, 2017

In response to recent critical incidents, the NTOA designed its latest course to meet the needs of officers who might not be assigned to tactical teams, but still require advanced skills.

Doylestown, Pa. (August 2017) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce its newest course, Advanced Response Police Officer, to its impressive roster of continuing education and training resources. In the wake of recent critical incidents, today’s law enforcement officer needs to be more prepared than ever. The Advanced Response Police Officer course was designed to meet the needs of officers who might not be assigned to a tactical team, but who still require advanced skills to respond appropriately before a tactical team arriving. This is a 40-hour (five-day) course, comprised of 10 classroom and 30 practical hours.

Photo courtesy of Laura Fogarty.

The Advanced Response Police Officer course is designed to provide officers with enhanced training, skills, and techniques to survive ambush and unexpected threat situations. Focusing on practical application of skills learned, this course is conducted primarily in the field or on the range. It is designed for any police officer wanting to enhance his or her survivability in any environment. Topics include the use of various pieces of equipment, tactical movement, tactical combat casualty care, live fire drills, scenario-based decision-making, rescues and counter-ambush tactics.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be familiar with the fundamentals of tactical movement, ballistic shield operations, mechanical breaching, interior building clearing tactics for two- and three-man teams, tactical movement in open air and urban environments, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), officer/citizen down rescues and counter-ambush survival tactics.

To learn more about hosting a class at your agency, please visit www.ntoa.org/host-training-courses.

For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit www.ntoa.org 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.

‘Back the Blue’ Training Event Empowers Female LEOs

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) hosted a training for female law enforcement on August 9-11, 2017, at the American Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL. Participants included five law enforcement officers (LEOs), one spouse of a LEO, and two civilians.

In July 2016 AG & AG launched the “Back the Women in Blue” campaign in which club members purchased t-shirts benefiting officers’ training. With significant support from GLOCK, ammunition from Federal Premium, additional support from Tuff Products, and facility fees from the American Police Hall of Fame, AG & AG was able to provide the firearms training, hotel and some travel accommodations, and all meals for the officers.

“This was an extremely gratifying training focusing and elaborating on safety, fundamentals, and mindset,” said Officer Meghan Vold of the Park Forest (IL) Police Department. “As a female LEO/student I left with more confidence, empowerment, tactics, friendships, and unbreakable bonds. A Girl & A Gun is a tremendous training environment to enjoy trigger-time in an accepting, fun, motivating, and inspirational atmosphere.”

The 2.5-day training course was conducted by Heather Eckert, a civilian subject matter expert who holds multiple law enforcement and civilian training certifications, including Texas DPS Level III Firearms and Classroom Instructor. Topics included presentations on verbal judo, fit for duty, mindset, and body language recognition that the officers found very beneficial as a refresher from learning it in the academy, as well as live-fire instruction on the range and simulated situational scenarios with equipment from Tactical Preparation USA.

AG & AG is planning to offer additional training events for female officers, as well as a training course designed specifically for wives of LEOs, whose lives face uncertain dangers due to the nature of their spouses’ careers. For more information, visit AGirlandAGun.org/back-the-blue.

Craig Morgan, Spirit of Blue Foundation Present Safety Equipment Grant to Dickson County Sheriff’s Office.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – August 10, 2017 – Yesterday, the Spirit of Blue Foundation partnered with country music star Craig Morgan to present a safety equipment grant to the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office. The grant includes 70 tourniquets along with tactical belt holders that will be issued to all patrol division and reserve deputies that serve the county. Craig formerly served as a Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office in Dickson County before embarking on his country music career and was on hand to present this grant to the Sheriff’s office in his hometown. The grant, with a combined value of $4,238, is the first of Spirit of Blue’s 2017 Tourniquet Project campaign and was funded by a generous donation from Law Enforcement United (LEU). LEU is an organization of over 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for 70 tourniquets and duty belt holders from Spirit of Blue. Receiving the grant (left to right) were Chief Deputy Jerone Holt and Sheriff Jeffrey Bledsoe. Presenting the grant (center) was country music star Craig Morgan and Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith. Representing the grant sponsor, Law Enforcement United, (right to left) were Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Officer Joshua Black and Sergeant Anthony Brooks.

The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for 70 tourniquets and duty belt holders from Spirit of Blue. Receiving the grant (left to right) were Chief Deputy Jerone Holt and Sheriff Jeffrey Bledsoe. Presenting the grant (center) was country music star Craig Morgan and Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith. Representing the grant sponsor, Law Enforcement United, (right to left) were Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Officer Joshua Black and Sergeant Anthony Brooks.

“Having served as a Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, I know firsthand how critical it is to have this kind of lifesaving equipment available for all of our men and women on the force,” said Craig Morgan, following the event. “I’m glad for the opportunity to take part in this donation to Dickson County and proud to help kick off Spirit of Blue’s Tourniquet Project Campaign.”

Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers and deputies require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a co-worker to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care. As a secondary benefit, officers and deputies who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type injury as happened with the Monroe County (NY) Sheriff’s Office in July of this year with tourniquets that Spirit of Blue granted to them in October of 2015.

“Being the recipients of this grant from Spirit of Blue means a tremendous amount to a sheriff’s office of our size. We operate on a limited budget and being able to supply all of our deputies with a new piece of equipment isn’t always feasible,” commented Sheriff Jeffrey Bledsoe of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office. “The tourniquets and duty belt holders we are receiving will be an asset to each of our deputies. Dickson County has a lot of areas that are rural and remote. These tourniquets could mean the difference between life and death for any one of our deputies who are out there putting their service to Dickson County ahead of themselves on a daily basis. We are very appreciative of what Craig Morgan and the Spirit of Blue are doing for us here.”

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The C-A-T Tourniquet, manufactured by North American Rescue, has proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in both upper & lower extremities by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research and has been the official tourniquet of the U.S. Army since 2005. The duty belt holder, manufactured by Blue Force Gear, is constructed with their proprietary, lightweight ULTRAcomp material and was specially designed for Spirit of Blue’s Tourniquet Project Campaign to hold the C-A-T Tourniquet. Spirit of Blue has granted 463 C-A-T Tourniquets since its first tourniquet grant in 2014. In 2017, Spirit of Blue has a goal of granting another 1,000 tourniquets to officers who need them across the country. To learn more, or participate in the campaign, visit: www.spiritfoblue.org/TQ