Member Tested & Appoved Program - MTAP
Since 1987, the OTOA has strived to provide its members with the best training and lifesaving equipment in the industry. The OTOA’s Member Tested & Approved Program (MTAP) reviews these products. The test results are shared with the law enforcement community in our magazine, The Operator Magazine, our online database, our eNewsletters and the product manufacturers themselves. The OTOA Tested & Approved logo is displayed on product packaging, ads and websites, and is regarded by many Law Enforcement agencies as paramount to their product purchasing decisions.
MTAP field test results do not constitute an endorsement of any product on the part of the OTOA as an organization or entity. The OTOA, as an organization, does not independently verify the information submitted by field testers nor does the OTOA verify the representations and warranties of product manufacturers.
How the Program works
A manufacturer MUST provide the OTOA with 2 to 4 samples of a product. The OTOA selects members to test the product samples. Field testers are required to test the product sample and complete a review form within 45 days. Products will be tested and scored on a scale of 0-5 in 12 possible categories (not all categories are applicable). Products MUST BE THE SAME version as those sold/available to the law enforcement community.
5 – EXCELLENT Defined as a product that performs at a level above advertised specifications and demonstrates its usefulness and quality of workmanship every time it is used and can be used for other purposes.
4 –VERY GOOD Defined as a product that exceeds advertised specifications on a regular basis and outperforms others in usefulness and quality of workmanship.
3 – AVERAGE Defined as a product the meets minimum advertised specifications, has practical use, but does not go above or beyond the scope of quality or usefulness that is expected.
2 – FAIR Defined as a product that has occasional applications and in some situations meets advertised specifications, but overall is not effective.
1 – POOR Defined as a product that does not meet minimum advertised specifications needed to make the product useful, product does meet any of its practical purposes. Using the scores given, an average will be taken of each category by the 2 to 4 testers’ ratings.
5. Ease of Use
8. Application for LE
10. Comfort & Durability
A product must have the ability to be rated in at least six categories. In addition to the numerical rating, a short written description identifying the advantages and disadvantages of the product must be submitted with the rating sheet.
Products will be tested by at least two field testers to ensure a fair test. If a product has a very specific use, please indicate the use so we can properly place the product with a field tester.
Products that earn a rating of 3.0 or higher will receive OTOA Member Tested & Approved
Status and will be allowed to attach the MTAP logo to product materials. If a product receives a perfect score of 5.0, it will be granted the special MTAP “Gold Logo” for their use.
Products that score lower than 3.0 will not receive approval. Test results will be sent to the manufacturer in hopes that improvements can be made to the product. Products can be resubmitted to the program.
There is no guarantee of a particular rating upon submission – OTOA does not control the comments of the field testers.
The OTOA, as an organization, makes no representation as to the product submitted to the program or its use, effectiveness or safety. The only representations and warranties applicable to any particular product are those of the manufacturer.
The OTOA does not charge for this service or incorporate it into sponsorship levels. We want to make sure our members are provided the best quality products so they can do their jobs both safely and effectively.
Why Submit Products?
• The program is FREE!
• Unparalleled exposure to the law enforcement community
• Opportunity to receive valuable feedback from industry professionals about product use in real-world situations
• Assists law enforcement agencies with product purchasing decisions
*All manufacturers must supply a high-resolution photo of 300 dpi or higher of the product to be included in the online database to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email inquiries to: email@example.com