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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a 529 plan fund grows tax-free from federal income tax and when used for qualified higher educational expenses may be withdrawn free from federal income taxes.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.

NTOA 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

The 2017 National Tactical Officers Association Conference and Trade Show is in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Helikon-Tex Backblast Mat Recommended By NTOA

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

In Helikon-Tex® one of our greatest passion is shooting. We are successfully introducing new products to help shooters, both dynamic and long distance, in their training. Nothing is so much pleased as the recognition of our satisfied users.


Today we can happily share the joyful news that we have also received confirmation and recognition from the NTOA community. Our Backblast Mat® has been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association. Our overall score was a 4.35. Our product and its reviews are now listed on the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended online database.


We hope to meet soon during the NTOA Trade Show. You will find us on Booth 222 (Halls C-E).


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.

TYR Tactical Tuesday – NTOA

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The TYR Tactical® Innovate or Die® Tour is proud to announce its participation in NTOA. Get hands-on with the latest TYR Tactical®, Huron™ and Revere K9™ designs. Following our mantra, Innovate or Die®, these products continue our mission of pushing the standards of today’s tactical equipment, defining modularity and scalability and are custom made for you, The Next Generation Warrior®. Want to set up a meeting? Email us at info@tyrtactical.com.

What is the TYR Tactical® Innovate or Die® Tour & Mobile Showroom?
We understand that to create Mission-Adaptable Gear, one has to spend a tremendous amount of time and resources on R&D – making sure that the feel, comfort and ergonomics of our products are right for our customers. To better serve this mission we have created the TYR Tactical® Mobile Showroom. This completely custom 44’ trailer was designed to travel across the country so we can better show our complete breadth of products. For the first time customers will have a hands-on experiences with TYR Tactical® Pouches, Body Armor, Belts, Revere K9™ Products and Huron™ Clothing & Packs. They will also get a chance to view products before their release and provide feedback on existing products.

SOTech Displays New Products At NTOA

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

SOTech is excited to support Less Lethal Concepts’ debut of their Pepper Pak at NTOA this weekend. SOTech was pleased to be asked to engineer a carriage system for Less Lethal Concepts’ innovative riot control spray device. Come check out both companies in booth 302 Sunday and Monday at the NTOA National Conference in Louisville, KY. SOTech will also have its law enforcement line of IFAKs, active shooter response gear, slings and Taser holsters on display.

SOTech will debut its latest evolution of the Viper Flat IFAK – a vehicle headrest adapter kit. Developed with Portland PD, the kit mounts a Flat IFAK with side pull-out capability to the front or back of the headrest (depending on whether you ride one-up or two-up). Check it out in Booth 302.


NTOA Introduces Night Vision Operator Course

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

NTOA has announced that they are now offering a Night Vision Operator Course for qualifying agencies. The full release can be read below:

NTOA Night Vision image

Will your night vision system meet your operational needs? Do you understand the benefits and limitations of NVDs? Is your training sound and defensible?

The NTOA’s two-day Night Vision Operator’s course covers the various pieces of the puzzle, including how night vision works as a system and how to select equipment to build a system that works.

Students will:

  • Work with individual skills and obstacle courses to gain familiarity with equipment
  • Learn to zero IR lasers and conduct live fire drills with carbines and pistols
  • Practice building clearing using marking rounds with shoot and no-shoot targets
  • Drive under NVGs and open air movement
  • Current course offered:

    Fort Smith, AR
    March 9-10, 2016

    The National Tactical Officers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the law enforcement community. The NTOA currently has more than 40,000 members from specialties including patrol, TEMS, crisis negotiations, canine, corrections, sniper, protective operations, explosives, command, behavioral sciences, and more.

    For more information or to schedule a course in your agency, contact NTOA training at training@ntoa.org or 800-279-9127, ext. 2.

    XTRACT 2 Evacuation Litter Recommended By National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Members

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    We first mentioned the XTRACT 2 during last year’s SOMA. Since then, we’ve run across it at a couple of trade shows including DSEI in London.  In fact, the British Army recently adopted the device.  


    Westerville, Ohio (2015/10/22) – A rapid casualty extraction device that has been adopted by agencies all over the world has now been tested and recommended by the members of the National Tactical Officers Association.

    “We are very excited and proud to have the NTOA members award the XTRACT 2 4.5 stars out of 5 and recommend it for use by their officers all across the country” says Kingfisher Medical’s Vice President Bob Otter. The Xtract 2 allows operators to rapidly package a casualty and remove them from harm’s way. “For such a strong device to be so lightweight and easy to carry into an operational area makes it truly unique and without a doubt, will help these agencies save more lives” continues Otter. “If you look at other devices that were first adopted by the military and then recognized as invaluable tools for civilian response agencies, this device falls right into that same category, battlefield tested and now available for use on the street”.

    The XTRACT 2 weighs less than 3 pounds and is smaller than a football but is rated to over 600lbs and can be used as a drag or carry stretcher. It is made of Duraelite fabric and uses a bungee system to cocoon the patient safely into the device. “if you have a tourniquet applied to an extremity or a wound packed with hemostatic gauze, it is necessary to pay attention to how you move those victims. If you have applied a life-saving intervention, the worst thing that can happen is you lose that progress you gained by jarring it loose during evacuation” says Otter. The XTRACT 2, even though it takes only seconds to package a patient in, secures them and protects their injuries throughout transport.

    NTOA Officers said this about the device:

    “If you are looking for a lightweight stretcher for multipurpose use, then this would need to be put at the top of the list” – NTOA Evaluator in North Carolina

    “What I found was a very well made, versatile product that WORKED from point of injury to the LZ” – NTOA Evaluator in Massachusetts

    The XTRACT 2 is currently being used by law enforcement and EMS agencies throughout the world and has been named the frontline stretcher for the British Army.