What is the Tactical Team Response to Active Threat 16-hour course?
The OTOA Tactical Team Response to Active Threat 16-hour course provides officers assigned to SWAT / SRT teams with the advanced tactics and core principles to respond to an active threat event and save lives.
This course was made possible through the leadership and support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
The insanity of the active killer/active shooter threatens everybody. This isn’t 20/20 hindsight. This is recognizing that what we witnessed by the initial responding officers at Uvalde was unacceptable. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Who is eligible to enroll for this course?
OPOTC-certified peace officers and troopers who are assigned full- or part-time to an Ohio law enforcement tactical team.
Is this course “FREE”?
The tuition for this course is 100% reimbursed through the School Safety Grant. The agency can use the reimbursement to pay the invoice for the training. Agencies are required to pay for the training, payable to the Ohio Tactical Officers Association. Payment for this training course can be made upon completion of the training OR within 60 days of completion of this course.
What does it mean “Grant Funded and Reimbursed”?
Upon completing the Tactical Team Response to Active Threat 16-hour course, the agency will submit a completed grant reimbursement form through the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
Grant reimbursement forms are completed for EACH officer and signed by the Sheriff or Chief.
Is backfill reimbursed under the grant?
NO. This grant will NOT finance expenses incurred by the agency for the backfilling of manpower to cover shifts.
Is overtime reimbursed under the grant?
NO. This grant will NOT finance expenses incurred by the agency for any overtime.
Are travel, lodging or meals reimbursed under the grant?
NO. This grant will NOT finance expenses incurred by the agency for travel, travel time, lodging or meals.
Is this course REQUIRED for officers assigned to tactical teams?
Endorsed and recommended by the Ohio Attorney General's Office? YES
The Ohio Attorney General would like to have every officer assigned to a full- or part-time tactical team trained in the advanced tactics and core principles to respond to an active threat event and save lives.
This foundational approach would establish a solid baseline for response to an active killer.
Can my agency host this course?
YES. Contact email@example.com for more information.
NO. There is no live fire during this course. NO live ammunition will be permitted in the training venues.
Is it recommended to bring specialty equipment and specialty vehicles to this course?
YES. Specialty vehicles (armor) and specialty equipment (shields, drones, electronics, etc.) are highly recommended.
Tactical Team Response to Active Threat Course - CPT, Grant Course Reimbursement & Paying OTOA Invoices
Is this course OPOTA CPT approved?
YES. Course # 23CPT063
CPT Approved for 16 hours: 3 Hours of School Threat and Safety, 13 hours designated as General hours.
Is this course reimbursement the same as the annual CPT reimbursement?
NO. This course is reimbursed through the School Safety Grant.
The funds for CPT and the funds for the School Safety Grant are NOT the same.
Is it true that OPOTA CPT hours in 2024 are mandated at 24 hours and UP TO 40 hours?
YES, this is true!
24 hours of CPT is mandatory for 2024.
Up to 40 hours of CPT per officer are eligible for CPT reimbursement to the agency.
Hours 25 through 40 of CPT can be claimed for OPOTC CPT-approved courses.
How can this course benefit the officer and the agency for CPT credit?
Officers eligible for the Tactical Team Response to Active Threat course can use the 16 hours of CPT earned from this course IN ADDITION to other approved OPOTC CPT hours—up to 40 hours of CPT max in 2024.
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User Accounts VS. Memberships
What is a "User" Account?
The first thing to know, a User Account is NOT a membership
In order to obtain an OTOA membership, a unique user account is required
Examples of User Accounts without OTOA memberships
Organization Administrator (those signing others up for training and NOT interested in OTOA membership)
Exhibitors at the Tactical Operations and Public Safety Conference (company employees registering for conferences)
OTOA membership is REQUIRED to attend OTOA training.
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Standard OTOA Membership $30.00 USD / year
Open to all current law enforcement, federal law enforcement, military, corrections, EMS, or Fire.
This membership is also open to those working in law enforcement in a non-sworn position.
Step #1: Create a user account
What is an Organization Administrator & why is this important?
Intended for those that will register an officer or multiple officers from an agency
Automatically populates OTOA members according to the agencies the member chooses in their profile.
Admin MAY not need a membership. (for example - secretary, office staff, agency person responsible for signing up people for classes and NOT taking classes themselves).
Register any member that lists the agency, unit, or team in their profile.
Team commanders, unit supervisors, or individuals with an agency or unit administrator privilege can sign multiple people for training with ease.
No need to know a member username and password to register your officers or team members for training.
Interested in being the ORGANIZATION ADMINISTRATOR?
Send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org (All Organization Administrator requests are reviewed and approved by the OTOA before the authority is granted)
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I have a question and I would like to speak to someone.
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How do I contact OTOA staff to answer my questions?
We respectfully request that you start by reviewing the frequently asked questions and answers on this page.
If you cannot locate the answer to your question on this page, please send an email to: email@example.com
A staff member will respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.
OTOA Pandemic Plan
Policing and police training comes with inherent risks. Mitigation of those risks comes with proper planning and preparedness.
Every effort will be taken to ensure that social distance guidelines are followed.
Wearing a facial covering of the mouth and nose will be required.
Health and safety screening will be conducted before any OTOA training commences.
All OTOA training is voluntary and all participants are mandated to provide a signed OTOA release of liability waiver and assumption of risk.
CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer's respiratory droplets and help protect others.
Participants and OTOA staff should not wear a cloth face covering if they have trouble breathing, cannot tolerate wearing it, or can't remove it without help.
Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment and may not protect the wearers from exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, cloth face coverings may prevent participants and OTOA staff, including those who don't know they have the virus, from spreading it to others.
Common sense prevails - ALWAYS
Before you decided to attend any OTOA training event, please confirm that you have NOT in the 14 days before the training event had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
You do NOT currently have and have not in the 14 days before the training event experienced any of the symptoms below that are not otherwise explained by a known condition other than COVID-19
Stay home if any of the following apply to you:
Elevated temperature or fever of 100.4F or higher
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea OTOA recognizes that the training and preparedness of all first responders are vital to the core mission of our membership - SAVING LIVES.
Safety is our priority for all participants and OTOA staff.
OTOA training will ensure that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health Covid-19 mandates are followed.
OTOA Cancellation Policy
OTOA Membership - Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) reserves the right to refuse/cancel a membership in the OTOA.
If the OTOA refuses a new or renewing membership, registrants will be offered a refund.
OTOA Training Event - Refund/Cancellation Policy
Event Cancellation by Sponsor / OTOA
The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.
If the OTOA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.
Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, the OTOA has the right to either issue a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.
Registration Cancellation by Participant
A registered participant who notifies the OTOA of his/her inability to attend training 30 days prior to the commencement of training will not be responsible for the payment of training fees and will have any paid fees refunded.
A registered participant who notifies the OTOA of his/her inability to attend training less than 30 days prior to the commencement of training will pay the OTOA a $100 cancelation fee or forfeit $100 of the paid training fee.
A registered participant who fails to appear on the date on which training commences, without notifying the OTOA, a NO SHOW, will be invoiced the full amount and no refund of paid funds will be issued.
The OTOA may waive cancelation fees and NO SHOW fee forfeitures for emergency situations on a case-by-case basis. All notifications of cancellations will be made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The above policies apply to all OTOA Events unless otherwise noted in the corresponding event materials. Please read all individual event information thoroughly.
Registration Cancellation due to COVID-19 or pandemic: Special Circumstances
If the OTOA cancels an event due to a pandemic, the OTOA will waive the aforementioned cancellation policy and provide full refunds to all paid invoices. *OTOA membership fees are non-refundable.
OTOA Goods and Products - Refund/Return Policy
All returns of goods and materials purchased directly from the Ohio Tactical Officers Association require prior authorization. Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable; Returns must be authorized by the OTOA within 30 days of the invoice date. Within thirty (30) days of purchase, we will replace, substitute or repair, at our sole discretion, any OTOA product that is deemed defective.
Products provided/sold by OTOA partners and affinity programs are subject to the return policy of the partner.
Products that are software or downloadable from any OTOA website or provided media (CD ROM, Memory Drives, etc.) are non-refundable.
Are you tired of sending officers to training and paying for travel and lodging?
We can eliminate both costs by sending instructor(s) to you rather than sending students to us. This allows your agency to put more people through the training potentially.
Host Agency Commitments
"Hosting" OTOA training requires some leg work from the host agency.
LEADS teletypes - The host law enforcement agency will send a minimum of one (1) LEADS teletype to the region where the training is conducted (LEADS rules & restrictions apply)
Assist the OTOA training division with direct coordination of training venues for EACH training day: classroom, appropriate training venues suitable for training, live-fire ranges, etc.
Live Fire range classes - Host agencies are responsible for providing an appropriate live fire range, target backers, sticks, target stands, staplers, staples, and paper targets.
"Comp" or "Free" seat criteria:
"Hosting," an OTOA training course, does not guarantee that your agency will be provided free training.
Comp or no charge seats in any OTOA training are determined case-by-case.
The OTOA does NOT guarantee free or no-charge seats for ANY training event.
All comp or free spots are pre-approved by the director of training.
Possibly, the most critical part of the planning process for any training course is securing a location conducive to the event's requirements.
Depending on the class, the host agency may be responsible for procuring the following:
Hosting a training course starts when the agreement is initiated with OTOA HQ.
Pre-Event - Once confirmed, coordinate the training event with the OTOA Training Director to locate and secure classrooms, ranges, and other venues as needed. The host agency is also responsible for marketing and LEADs announcements (LEADs announcements must be sent to the OTOA Training Operations Chief).
Event - Assist with logistics and attendee needs, possible after-class time/hours issues - venue changes, weather issues, etc.
Benefits of Hosting an OTOA Training Course
The primary benefit of hosting is convenience. Training in a venue close to home saves money and time.
If you are considering hosting an OTOA training event to obtain training at a reduced rate or no charge, don't hesitate to contact us directly at email@example.com.
The OTOA is committed to providing training within budget constraints and reason.
Hosting the Tactical Team Respons to Active Threats Course
School buildings are the most suitable venues for this training. Large office buildings or commercial buildings are also acceptable.
Buildings need to be VOID of occupants when training is taking place unless OTOA approves.
Buildings must be conducive for the use of training munitions. (Airsoft, Simunition, UTM, etc.)
The OTOA training cadre is committed to facilitating a safe environment and leaving all training buildings without damage.
Host agencies must coordinate the communication with the property owners and adjacent neighborhoods.
Host agencies are required to post appropriate “Police Training in Progress” signage.
Classroom with the following:
Tables and chairs for twenty-four (24) adults.
Audio/visual capabilities: LCD/PowerPoint projector with screen, speakers capable of sound projection into the classroom, or large screen TV with HDMI port.
Appropriate temperature regulation for classroom settings.
Bathrooms, both male and female.
Training venues can be one or multiple locations with the following:
School, office building, church, or training building.
Power, lighting, and running water are always preferred.
Large, open room accommodating twenty-four adults for movement drills and weapons flow. (example – gymnasium).
Hallways with multiple doorways.
Areas outside to coordinate arrival and staging of responders.
Both male and female bathrooms are in the building or within walking distance.