MISSION

    The Arizona Tactical Officers Association has been established to advance the education and professionalism of law enforcement officers involved in Emergency Response functions through the exchange of ideas and information relating to tactics, techniques and to further the networking and interrelation of departments and personnel. It will also provide information about the activities to the Arizona Chiefs of Police Association and other interested Governmental units.

    ABOUT US

    The creation of the Arizona Tactical Officers Association stemmed out of a conversation at the Peoria Police Department Firearms range back in 2009. The goal was to create an organization that would address the needs of tactical officers across the state. With the help and commitment of 12 different agencies and a dozen volunteers, ATOA created as a professional organization to advance the SWAT community in Arizona.

    Since its creation, ATOA has allowed members to exchange, share, and discuss operational information, lessons learned, equipment issues, and training opportunities with tactical officers across the state. In keeping up with the ATOA’s mission to enhance operational capabilities, it has provided free training to all members of the association. A wide range of topics are covered by ATOA, to include, three sniper-related training events, TEMS, low light tactics, AR15/M16 armorer’s course, SWAT defensive tactics and night vision/thermal imaging courses and much more.

    The association started small and has since grown to an estimated 1,000 members and we are proud of the work we are doing for tactical officers across Arizona.

    ATOA Leadership

    SGT. DOUG SCHOLZ - PRESIDENT

    Sgt. Doug Scholz was one of the founding ATOA board members and has been the serving as the President for the last 8 years. He is a Sergeant with the Chandler Police Department and has been with the Department since 1996. He is currently assigned to the Special Operations Support Bureau as the full time SWAT Coordinator and Training Supervisor. He has been a member of this team for over 20 years and a team leader for the past 15 years. Doug is also an adjunct instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association and teaches the Less-Lethal and Chemical Munitions courses, as well as, the SWAT Team Leader course. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

    Contact Doug at president@aztac.org

    DEPUTY CHIEF JON BRAMBILA - VICE PRESIDENT

    Lt. Jon Brambila is Vice President of ATOA. Currently, he works for the Prescott Police Department, where he has dedicated 20-years of service. Of those 20-year, 15 have been dedicated to tactical operations as a team member, assistant team leader, team leader, and team commander. He has served as an ATOA board member since 2010. In addition to his role as Vice President, he has also served as the North Region Representative and Secretary.

    Contact Jon at vicepresident@aztac.org

    LT. EVAN BECHER - SECRETARY

    I was hired by the Surprise Police Department in 2007. During my time with the City of Surprise, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in several different roles. As I promoted and took on new roles, none replaced my passion for SWAT and tactical community. Early on in my career, I was selected to join our department’s CNT team. Although my time on CNT was short, it provided me with an amazing perspective on critical incident resolution. I joined our department’s SWAT team in 2011 and have been involved with the team ever since. During my time on SWAT, I became one of our department’s first explosive breachers and played a primary role in the implementation of the practice. My path on the team progressed throughout the years, becoming a team leader as a sergeant and ultimately a team commander when I promoted to lieutenant. I currently supervise the department’s Tactical Support Division, which, encompasses SWAT.

    As a member of the ATOA for over a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to see it grow and develop into what it is today. If elected to the position of treasurer, I would support the association’s continued growth and relevance in the tactical community, locally and nationally.

    Contact Evan at secretary@aztac.org

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    DEPUTY PHIL ALVA - TREASURER

    I have 20 years law enforcement experience, I have spent the last 15 years with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, where I have served as a Deputy, Field Training Deputy, Detective, and Recruit Training Deputy. I have 16 years experience in SWAT starting with Safford Police Department as a Sniper and have been apart of the Pinal Regional SWAT team since 2010. I have spent time as a Sniper, Operator and Team leader and still currently serve as a Sniper for the Pinal Regional SWAT Team. I have been apart of ATOA since 2018 first serving as Eastern Regional Rep, and recently was elected ATOA Treasurer in 2022.

    Contact Phil at Treasurer@aztac.org

    SGT. SETH BIGALOW- TRAINING COORDINATOR

    Seth Bigalow is currently a Sergeant with the Peoria Police Department. He has been a part of the Department SWAT team since 2009. Seth has been an active member of the ATOA since its inception and was recently appointed by the Board to serve as the Association Training Coordinator.

    Contact Seth at training@aztac.org

    CHIEF DEPUTY MATTHEW THOMAS - VENDER COORDINATOR

    Chief Deputy Matthew Thomas is a 26-year veteran of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. Chief Thomas served in various positions throughout his career at the Sheriff's Office to include motors, narcotics, and patrol. He was also a member of the Pinal Regional SWAT Team from 1997 to 2014 and 2016 until his promotion to Chief Deputy. He is a dedicated member and active participant of the ATOA board.

    Contact Matt at vendor_registration@aztac.org

    REGIONS

    NORTHERN ARIZONA NORTHERNREP@AZTAC.ORG

    Contact: SGT. KEVIN MURIE
    Coconino County
    Navajo County
    Apache County
    Yavapai County

    SOUTHERN ARIZONA SOUTHERNREP@AZTAC.ORG

    Contact: SGT PAT HILLIKER Pima County SO
    Pima County
    Cochise County
    Santa Cruz County

    CENTRAL ARIZONA CENTRALREP@AZTAC.ORG

    Contact: SGT. BRIAN ESPERUM - Phoenix PD
    Maricopa County

    WESTERN ARIZONA WESTERNREP@AZTAC.ORG

    Contact: VACANT
    LaPaz County
    Yuma County
    Mohave County

    EASTERN ARIZONA EASTERNREP@AZTAC.ORG

    Contact: OFC. BRYAN MARTINEZ - CASA GRANDE PD
    Gila County
    Pinal County
    Graham County
    Greenlee County

    SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

    BREACHER

    VACANT
    Mike McCartney- Chandler PD

    BREACHER@AZTAC.ORG

    SNIPER

    VACANT

    VACANT

    SNIPER@AZTAC.ORG

    EOD

    VACANT
    Ron Swanson- Glendale PD

    EOD@AZTAC.ORG

    GRENADIER

    VACANT

    VACANT

    GRENADIER@AZTAC.ORG

    TEMS

    Casey Lopez – Chandler FD
    Scott Garzuizi – Honor Health

    TEMS@AZTAC.ORG

    CNT

    Ben Wetzel- Phoenix PD
    Jeff Carrion- Goodyear PD

    CNT@AZTAC.ORG

    K9 SWAT

    VACANT
    VACANT

    K9SWAT@AZTAC.ORG

    COMBATIVES

    VACANT

    VACANT

    COMBATIVES@AZTAC.ORG

    TESTIMONIALS

    1000

    MEMBERS

    118

    LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

    65

    CITIES

    15

    COUNTIES

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