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.
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.
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SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
The ATOA SME boards have provided our team resources and expertise that have advanced our response capabilities in every aspect. We frequently reach out to gain insight into training curriculum, opportunities, and operational practices that have grown our Sniper and TEMs programs. Each year the annual ATOA conference provides our team has the opportunity to grow our networks, develop new practices and procedures, and identify equipment and technology that expands or improves upon our ability to provide tactical response services to our community.
Lt. Mark FillerSurprise Police Department
I joined the ATOA to be part of an organization dedicated to serving its membership. Our shared goals and interests, within tactical police operations, affords us a tremendous amount of training and experience that can benefit all.
Sgt. Anthony CardinaleGila River Police Department
After being a member of ATOA for many years, I knew that it is one most respected and progressive tactical associations in the country. I joined as a board member to help contribute to the future of the organization so we can continue to grow and give back to the law enforcement community.
Sgt. Nicholas AlamshawScottsdale Police Department
In the SWAT world, there is no greater value than that of a network of other tactical officers to train with, collaborate with, and to learn from. The ATOA provides me with that network and gives me the advantage of having tactical officers from SWAT teams around the state and region that are all part of the same organization.
Chief Deputy Matthew ThomasPinal County Sheriff's Office
ATOA has served as an excellent resource in providing the Peoria Police Department with access to low-cost training classes and top-notch instructors. ATOA has brought excellent debriefs and learning opportunities to Arizona and has helped us maintain a high quality of service to our citizens.
Sgt. Jeff CarrionPeoria Police Department
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
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