California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and the National tactical Officers’ Association (NTOA) take the professionalization of SWAT to the next level by providing for the certification of SWAT team leaders and commanders. The newly establish Command College curriculum consists of online education, residency courses and capstone project requirements. The following video introduction by NTOA;s President Thor Eells provides an excellent overview.
TACTICAL COMMAND CERTIFICATION
The blended learning program incorporates leadership concepts, theories and models and applies them to the role of the Tactical Commander and Team Leader. This intensive three-tier certification program prepares students to anticipate and manage current and future challenges facing their team, agencies and communities.
The comprehensive Learning Modules focus on contemporary leadership principles and concepts such as Transformational, Servant and Tactical Leadership; Motivation, Strategic Planning and Change Management; Communication and Ethical Decision-Making.
The intensive three-phase program directs and challenges students to plan and learn to make decisions at the Tactical, Operational and Strategic level. They will engage in the analysis and planning of dynamic tactical situations and apply current leadership principles considering the effects on all stakeholders.