8th Annual Crisis Negotiation Conference & Training Competition – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

LOCATION: Christ Church of the Valley
7007 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85383
Thursday, Conference: Building 4000
Friday, Training Competition: Building 3000

REGISTRATION: ATOA Members: One Day: $25 / Two Days: $50
Crisis Negotiation Training Competition:
12 Teams: 8 Team Members Max Per Team
Cut-off Date to register for Competition: TBA

Crisis Negotiation Sign up Here

Crisis Negotiation Conference

0700-0800: Registration
0800-1200: Presentations
1200-1300: Lunch (provided)
1300-1700: Presentations


Empathy Based in High-Stress Communication: Eric Maddox
Synopsis: In 2003, while assigned to a special operations task force in Tikrit, Eric conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Christmas Day Standoff, Phoenix Police Department: Officer Ben Morris
Synopsis: On Christmas Day in 2017, celebrity weight-loss guru Milan Ross spent the morning with his two children singing and making videos portraying a happy, loving family. Milan had high hopes that when his ex-wife arrived to pick up the boys, his recent success and the spirit of the season would spark new hope for a future together.  But disappointment coupled with alcohol would lead to a much different outcome, and less than 2 hours after the singing stopped, Milan would commit unspeakable acts of violence against his own family. In addition to calls from witnesses reporting the violence, Milan dialed 9-1-1 to state that he killed his wife and threatened that if police try to enter his apartment he would kill his kids. A six-hour hostage standoff would ensue, with negotiators racing to understand the man and his motives, and tactical units struggling to find advantage in an almost hopeless scenario.

Show Low Hostage Incident, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Detective Al Galindo – Negotiator, Detective Elliott Powell – Negotiator, Sergeant Neil Brooks – SWAT

Boston Marathon Bomber: The Manhunt and Barricade FBI, SSA Mark Flores
Synopsis: This Boston Marathon Bomber provides an overview of the events and investigation of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon and focuses on the negotiation teams’ actions during the manhunt and subsequent barricade of one of the subjects.

TBA: Crisis Negotiation Training Competition
0700-0845: Sign-in; NOC set-up; Pre-briefings
0845-0900: Team Lead Scenario Briefing
0900-1500: Training Scenario with working lunch – Provided
1500 Closing and Awards

Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix 2335 W Pinnacle Peak Road Phoenix, AZ, 85027 Telephone: 1-623-879-8800

One day opportunity for your company to attend the Vendor Show – Space is limited to the first eight (8) sponsors
Cost : $300.00 Register here


10th Annual Training Conference October 24-25, 2019


Christ Church of the Valley
CCV 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85383

Conference Schedule

0700-0900     Registration and Vendor Show w/ Continental Breakfast

0900-0930    Opening Ceremonies, ATOA General Business Meeting and Association Updates

0930-1230      LAPD De-Briefs: Trade Joe’s HRT, Aerial Platform Shooting and SWAT Officer Down. Officer Ben Santero and Officer Rene Gonzalez – LAPD

1230-1430       Luncheon and Vendor Show

1430-1630       Las Vegas Metro SWAT De-Brief: Bus Barricade on the Strip – Officer James Rothenburg – Las Vegas Metro SWAT

FX Tactical Members Only BBQ at FX Tactical located at 8948 W Cactus Rd, Peoria, AZ 85381. The event will start at 5:30 pm with special raffle prizes and discounts offered in the store. 
0700-0800 Registration and Vendor Show w/ continental breakfast

0800-1100       Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA De-Brief: Multi-faceted HRT Deployment. Sergeant Michael Perez and Deputy Shawn Riley – Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT.

1100-1300       Lunch on Campus with Vendor Show

1300-1500      Arizona Department of Public Safety De-Brief: ShowLow Incident. Sergeant Neil Brooks and Trooper Brandon Powell- Arizona Department of Public Safety SWAT

1500-1700 Phoenix Police Department De-Brief: TBA



The conference will be hosted in Scottsdale. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend numerous thought-provoking seminars taught by some of the leading crisis negotiations instructors in the country. Timely incident debriefs will be presented by those who were there. Join us at the Embassy Suites on Nov. 19-22, 2019 for a high-quality training event that will enhance your negotiations tactics, sharpen your leadership skills and promote professionalism in crisis negotiations.

Click here to register.


2019 ATOA Basic Sniper Course – August 12-16


This basic sniper course of study covers the use of a precision rifle equipped with a telescopic sight used by officers assigned to Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams.  The course will cover weapon manipulation, principles of deployment and tactics.  Use of force considerations, legal issues, and department policies.  Students will demonstrate marksmanship, concealment/cover principles, identification techniques, and communication skills.  This course will prepare the student for their department’s qualification and standards testing, including rifle set up, wind reading, MOA/MIL, positional shooting, vehicle hides, barrier tests on glass and other mediums, DOPE to 600 yards, weapon chrono, dope cards of high-value targets, tripod intro.

This course is taught by members of the ATOA SME Committee.

Date: August 12-16, 2019

Location: Prescott Area – Range will be announced at a later time

Cost: $350 to current ATOA members, class size is limited to 20 students


POC:  Tyler Ellsworth at

Gear List

  • 500 rounds of ammo
  • rifle with sling that can hold one minute or less groups
  • shooting bags
  • wet weather gear
  • all gear used for team deployment
  • data book, range/weather meter
  • eye and ear protection
  • veil material
  • any tools needed for your weapon/scope system


The T.E.M.S ATOA SME committee will be hosting a meet and greet for SWAT medics on August 22, 2019, from 10-12 at the Chandler Public Safety Training Center located at 3550 South Dobson Chandler, AZ.  Please feel free to stop by during that time to meet other tactical medics and receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win an ARK Active Shooter Response Kit.  Please RSVP to Aaron Wilson at (480) 980-8077 or email at


2018 ATOA Intermediate Sniper Course – December 2-6

Intermediate Sniper Course

Instructors: Instructor cadre comprised of members from the ATOA Sniper SME Committee.

Topics: This course is designed as an intermediate sniper course and will require the student to have completed at least a basic level sniper course. Topics will include: 100 to 1,000-yard doping, positional shooting to include support side, bullet effect on barriers, hostages, moving targets, unknown distance, snipers job in a tactical track, night shoots, multiple team drills, and more.


  1. Rifle with scope capable of shooting one MOA or less
  2. 600 rounds of rifle ammo
  3. Duty gear
  4. All equipment that you would deploy with on a callout
  5. Gas mask
  6. Handgun with 50 rounds
  7. Wet weather gear
  8. Flashlight
  9. N.V.G., if available
  10. Data books
  11. Pens
  12. Rangefinder
  13. Cleaning equipment
  14. Any other equipment needed

Cost: Training is free and limited to ATOA members (Limited to 16 students)

Date & Time: December 2nd – 6th, 2018

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona (remote area outside of town).

Lodging: Instructors and students will be camping at the training site.

Registration: Register with Jon Brambila at


Pima Regional SWAT Basic 3 Day Breaching Certification Course


November 6 – 8, 2018

The Pima Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team’s Basic Breaching Certification Course is designed to educate, prepare, and train selected tactical operatives to meet the demands of mission-related breaching operations.  Tactical Breaching plays a vital part in each mission.  If the Team is not capable of gaining entry, the mission cannot be successful.

During this intensive three day course, students will study and/or perform the non-explosive methods of breaching used by the Pima Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team:

  • Surreptitious
  • Manual
  • Mechanical
  • Thermal
  • Ballistic
  • Vehicular

In addition to learning about the above-mentioned breaching methods, students will also be provided with lesson plans and important handout material.  This information will enhance the more detailed instruction for the areas listed below:

  • Tactical Breaching Definitions
  • The Responsibilities and Qualities of Breachers
  • Breaching Techniques and Hazards
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • “Tools of the Trade”
  • The positioning of Breachers According To Mission Specificity
  • Constitutional Law, Case Law, and Legal Issues
  • Spanish Commands and Phrases
  • Training and Documentation Requirements
  • Continuing Education

The Basic 3 Day Breaching Certification Course is being held November 6 – 8, 2018 at the Pima Regional Training Center, located at 10,001 South Rita Road in Tucson, AZ.  Instruction will begin at 0800 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday and 0700 hours on Thursday.

This class is extremely physically demanding.  It is recommended personnel attending the school are in above-average physical condition.  This class is only open to personnel who are active tactical team members within their agency.


  • Tactical Utility Uniform: Must consist of long sleeves and long pants
  • Duty boots
  • Tactical Body Armor
  • Load bearing gear for magazines, etc.
  • Ballistic helmet
  • Duty belt with holster
  • Protective gloves
  • Nomex balaclava (if you use them)
  • Eye protection, shooting glasses and/or goggles
  • Hearing protection, approved earplugs or earmuffs that work with a ballistic helmet
  • Duty handgun with light and magazines
  • Knife
  • Personal hydration
  • Pen
  • Notepad
  • Lunch and snacks for each day (Off-site time will be allowed day 1 and day 2, but students will need to bring their own lunch for day 3)
  • (10) 12 gauge Ballistic breaching rounds (used by your team)
  • (50) 12 gauge light birdshot
  • Breaching specific shotguns

In order to successfully complete this course and earn a certificate, students must be present all three days, attend every block of instruction, complete all required practical exercises, and score no less than 100% on the final exam.

There is no cost for the course and all travel, lodging, transportation, per diem and/or other expenditures will be the responsibility of the student’s agency or department.  The Class will be limited to the first 16 students who are current tactical operators within their agencies.  A maximum of 2 students from each agency will be confirmed; any other additional requests will be placed on a waiting list and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions about this upcoming training or if you are interested in attending please send an email, to include the names and ranks of students, to the person below.     

Sgt. Jake Shumate

Marana Police Department

Sergeant Pima Regional SWAT


Desk:  520-382-2535

Cell:  520-940-7534