Hosting OTOA Basic SWAT

Tactical Operator School – 40 Hours Course

Being the host agency for an OTOA training class can be a benefit to the agency with the acquisition of free training slots. These free training slots do however come with a cost. The cost is not financial but will require some work and logistics help on the part of the host agency.

Up to: Two (2) free slots for the hosting agency. $1,000 value - 

*free training spots are directly related to the number of "paying" course attendees


The following items represent standard equipment needs for the OTOA Instructors to facilitate our Self – Aid / Partner Aid courses. Other materials may be required depending on the facility and any special student needs.

The course host will be informed of any additional requirements, or changes to the items listed below within a reasonable time frame prior to the start of the class.


 OTOA SWAT Week Daily Itinerary.


 Approximately six (6) days of commitment should be expected from the Host Agency during the OTOA SWAT week.


Sunday– Instructors arrive coordinate with host agency liaison and reconnoiter training locations.


Monday– Classroom in the a.m., Weapons Flow and introduction to individual and team movements after lunch. 

Monday Needs assessment – Classroom (detailed below), large open room capable of accommodating up to 30 officers for weapons flow and facility or building with multiple doorways and rooms, capable of accommodating a large group engaged in room entry exercises.


Tuesday– Weapons flow then hands-on combative training in the morning and continuation of individual and team movements in the afternoon.

Tuesday needs assessment –Large open room capable of accommodating up to 30 officers for weapons flow / combatives and facility or building with multiple doorways and rooms, capable of accommodating a large group engaged in room entry exercises.


Wednesday– Range day. 

Wednesday Needs assessment – Firearms range approved for both pistol and rifle/carbine caliber, standard “flat” range capable to accommodate a minimum of twelve (12) shooters on the firing line at the same time, target stands for a minimum of twelve (12) targets, sticks and backers for the target stands. Staplers, and Targets will be supplied by the OTOA.


Thursday– Classroom in the a.m., slow clearing barricaded gunman exercises in the afternoon. 

Thursday Needs assessment – Classroom (detailed below), large open room capable of accommodating up to 30 officers for weapons flow and facility or building capable of accommodating a large group engaged in room entry and slow clearing exercises.


Friday– Individual and team movements, force on paper in the a.m. and SWAT testing in the afternoon.

Friday Needs assessment – A minimum of two (2) vacant houses capable of accommodating scripted high risk warrant service exercises including “force of force” munitions. A minimum of two (2) experienced role players for the scripted high risk warrant service exercises. Two (2) vehicles with drivers, capable of transporting 10-12 individuals in standard SWAT/SRT attire to the vacant houses being used for the high risk warrant service exercises. Facility or building with multiple doorways and rooms, capable of accommodating a large group engaged in room entry exercises for “force on paper” exercises using Simunition or Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM). 


One (1) host agency liaison officer needs to be identified by the host agency and assigned to coordinate all aspects of the training with the OTOA primary instructor.


OTOA instructors will arrive on the Sunday before class starts. Typically the instructors will request a walk-through of training venues to familiarize themselves and mitigate any issues for the week.

Additional Needs Assessment & Descriptions  
  • Locate an area hotel for out of town attendee officers. Establish a contact person at said hotel and provide the name and phone number to the OTOA Training Manager.
  • The host agency provides a classroom large enough to accommodate up to 30 students comfortably in a classroom style setting for each of the 5 days of training. Typically, classroom is needed for Monday and Thursday. In order to accommodate a flexible training week, we recommend having a classroom reserved for the full week of training.
  • Classroom requirements: whiteboard with dry erase capabilities, LCD projector capable of projecting PowerPoint presentations, screen for the projector unless the whiteboard is large enough to accommodate the presentations, speakers for the PowerPoint presentation for audio purposes. Large screen TV’s with HDMI connections can also be utilized in place of projector
  • The OTOA instructors bring their own laptop computers.
  • A firing range capable of handling a minimum of 50 yards with a minimum of 12 target stands for a minimum of 24 shooters.  Ranges unable to support 12 target stands across require approval from the OTOA primary instructor.
  • The firing range must be equipped with target stands, sticks, and backers. The OTOA will provide all targets.
  • At least two (2) separate houses, buildings or structures conducive to individual and team movements, room entry training and scenario-based “Simunition” training. Examples of training locations that have worked well in the past are: schools, abandoned houses, office buildings.
  • Outdoor area conducive to various team exercises like: high-risk vehicle takedowns, team movements and demonstrations.

Marketing Assistance

Marketing the OTOA Basic SWAT / Tactical Operator School – 40 Hours Course is "primarily" the responsibility of the OTOA. The OTOA will make every effort to advertise and send out marketing material for all OTOA training courses. Depending on the region, course offering or other unforeseen circumstances, training courses may encounter difficulty attaining the OTOA minimum training course attendee standard.

As the Host Agency for the OTOA Self - Aid / Partner Aid Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, you may be asked to actively participate in the marketing campaign for the course offering. The Host Agency marketing campaign participation includes but is not limited to: LEADS Teletype to the region the course is being offered, email solicitation, phone calls, text messaging, Facebook posts, etc., etc.


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