2017 Course Offerings - Non Conference Courses

OTOA Basic SWAT / Tactical Operator School  - 40 Hours


This school is designed for individuals who have recently been assigned to SWAT and who have not received basic SWAT training / Or Tactically minded Officers whose Departments feel having this skill set would enhance their Departments Capabilities. Students will be introduced to basic SWAT tactics and techniques which include, but are not limited to: historical overview of SWAT, team organization and structure, resolution of barricaded suspect situations, covert individual and team movement, structure searches and room clearing, warrant service and multiple field training exercises. Student will also be exposed to basic safe weapons handling and live fire application of mission specific weapons in a Team and Close Quarters environment. This is a hands-on school where students practice tactics and techniques in the field.

Student Equipment Needs: Contact us with questions - training@otoa.org 

  • All Ballistic Protection issued by your department - Mandatory
  • Primary Weapon System ( long gun) with three (3) mags minimum
  • Secondary Weapon System (pistol) with three (3) mags minimum
  • 400 rds For EACH weapon system - NO GREEN TIP or ARMOR PIERCING AMMO 
  • Gas Mask & Filter
  • ANY / ALL EQUIPMENT for a call out or SWAT / SRT activation
  • Eye Protection / Ear Protection
  • Simunition weapons or adaptors or UTM weapons or adaptors. Ammunition for Sim or UTM - Contact OTOA if you need to rent Simunition or UTM weaponry or buy ammunition for Simunition or UTM. *email - training@otoa.org 

Optional Equipment: 

  • Breaching Equipment - Rams, pry tools, etc
  • Ballistic Shields
  • Mirrors
  • Robotics 

Other helpful equipment includes sun block, a notepad with writing utensil, and change of clothes.   If you are allergic to bees or other outdoor plants or animals please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication. Prepare to bring whatever you would take on a SWAT Mission or Call Out. 



Youngstown, Ohio - August 14-18, 2017 Register Now Button - no background


Wooster, Ohio - August 28 - September 1, 2017 Register Now Button - no background

Cleveland, Ohio - October 16-20, 2017 Register Now Button - no background 

 OTOA Basic Sniper School  - 40 Hours


This course is intended to provide the new sniper/observer with a base of training to make that person operational. Topics that will be covered include sniper marksmanship training, intelligence gathering and reporting, field craft, data collection and practical scenarios. The course is based on an eight-hour training day and will be conducted regardless of weather. However, we train to standard, not time, so be prepared to train beyond an eight-hour workday. Students must pass the FBI Sniper Qualification Exam, OPOTA Qualification Exam, and a written exam to successfully complete the course.

Student Equipment Needs:


  • Issued Sniper Weapons System
  • All Callout Gear to include Chemical Mask
  • 400 Rounds of Match Grade Ammunition
  • Camouflage Uniform
  • Weapon Cleaning Materials
  • Canteens or Hydration system
  • Rain Gear

    Optional Equipment:


  • Data Book or Data PDA or Data Computer or Data Phone App
  • Spotting Scope
  • Pruning Shears
  • Shooting Mat
  • Ghillie Suit


Other helpful equipment includes a lawn chair, bug spray, sun block, a notepad with writing utensil, and change of clothes. We may get muddy. There will be a stalk involved in the class. If you are allergic to bees or other outdoor plants or animals please bring your epinephrine pen or other medication. Prepare to bring whatever you would take on a barricade call out as a sniper.


Lorain, Ohio - October 23-27, 2017 Register Now Button - no background

OTOA Self - Aid / Partner Aid - 8 hours


Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance
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Police agencies across the United States that are trained and equipped in the use of tourniquets are being credited with saving the life of someone who was suffering a severe extremity wound from gunshots, vehicle accidents, or other circumstances. 

In a direct partnership with Nationwide Insurance, the OTOA's Self Aid / Partner Aid will train and prepare Ohio's first responder in the appropriate use of the tourniquet.

This hands on course will cover classroom and practical application of the tourniquet in a scenario based - realistic environment. 

The OTOA is looking for agencies to host this course


Mason, Ohio - October 19, 2017

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Marysville, Ohio - November 30, 2017

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*Every course attendee will be issued a CAT Tourniquet and a Kydex Eleven-10 CAT Tourniquet Belt Holder/Holster a $100.00 value. 
Paid for by our gracious sponsor - Nationwide Insurance

OTOA Lock Picking / Covert Lock Bypass  - 8 Hours


This is a one-day (8 Hour), hands-on-intensive training program that focuses on gaining entry by such methods as lock picking and lock bypassing. This course is of benefit to any patrol officers, tactical operators, investigators, probation officers, conservation officers as well as specialized military units.

 The Covert Lock Picking course teaches specialized methods for gaining entry into a variety of secured structures as well as everyday applications such as padlocked gates, fire safes, desks, file cabinets, strongboxes, and vehicles. The course focuses on practical methods of gaining entry and details techniques on lock picking lock bypassing and defeating advanced locking technologies such as magnetic door locks, "high-security" locks, and electronic access gates.

 Real World Applications:

 *Search & Arrest Warrants
*Welfare Checks
*Tactical Operations
*Probation Checks
*Vehicle Searches
*Unsecured Businesses & Residence
*Conservation Checks
*Surveillance Positioning
*Situations Where Suspects "Lost the Key"

 *Each Student will receive a basic lock picking kit - a $100.00 Value


Lakewood, Ohio - October 13, 2017 Register Now Button - no background


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