Tactical Patrol Officer Program
Tactical Patrol Officer Program
The ITOA's Tactical Patrol Officer is a training and recognition initiative to train officers in a core group of tactical skill sets that will better prepare them when confronted with unexpected, on-going violent criminal events. The skill sets learned will assist officers not only when confronted with a violent criminal event, but will enhance their daily survival and tactical capabilities.
The ITOA's Tactical Patrol Officer program is based on the belief that effective police response to violent on-going life threatening situations is enhanced when first responding officers have commonalities of training, tactics, equipment, verbiage and capabilities. The ITOA has developed and provides training in these core skill sets through the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, North East Multi Regional Training and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force.
In an effort to recognize and encourage TPO training, two levels of recognition have been established. The Tactical Patrol Officer and the Master Tactical Patrol Officer. The required training for each level of proficiency and recognition are as follows:
Tactical Patrol Officer designation may be granted to officers who have completed all of the following training:
- Rapid Deployment (end user course)
- MACTAC, Urban Tactics - (end user course)
- Tactical Rifle - Operator's Course
- Self Aid/Buddy Aid - (end user course)
- RTF - Rescue Task Force (end user course)
- Patrol Tactics - (end user course)
- Building Searches
- High Risk Felony Traffic Stop Techniques and Tactics
- Arrest Team Techniques and Tactics
Master Tactical Patrol Officer designation may be granted to officers who have completed all of the following instructor training:
- Rapid Deployment Instructor Course
- MACTAC Urban Tactics Instructor Course
- Self Aid / Buddy Aid Instructor Course
- RTFI - Rescue Task Force Instructor
- Tactical Rifle Instructor Course
- Patrol Tactics Instructor Course
There are two pathways to obtain the Tactical Patrol Officer or Master Tactical Patrol Officer designation; Department Participation or Individual Officer Request.
The following guidelines have been established for departments that would like to participate in the ITOA's Tactical Patrol Officer program.
Step #1 - TPO Coordinator
Each department should select a Department TPO program coordinator who will be the ITOA's point of contact and program coordinator for the department. The department TPO coordinator should be an officer/supervisor who has the ability and authority to identify, certify and recommend department personnel for the designation of TPO. The Department coordinator will be responsible for identifying and nominating the officers in their department who meet the TPO requirements.
Step #2 - Letter of Intent
Each Department must send a letter (e-mail) of intent to the ITOA stating that your department would like to participate in the TPO training & recognition program. This letter must also identify the department TPO coordinator, his/her name, rank, telephone number & e-mail. All future correspondence will be through the departments TPO coordinator.
Step #3 - TPO Identification & Nomination.
Each department TPO coordinator can then identify the officers in their department that meet the TPO training requirements.
Step #4 - Nomination Letter
A letter (e-mail) from the departments TPO coordinator to the ITOA certifying that the officers they are nominating have completed the required training. This e-mail must include the Name & Rank of the officer as they want it to appear on the certificate and which designation, TPO or Master TPO.
Upon receipt of a list of certified officers, the ITOA will issue a certificate to the department recognizing the officers TPO designation and provide the TPO coordinator the contact information to acquire the TPO uniform pins. It is the departments and/or officers responsibility to order and pay for the uniform pin.
All correspondences related to the ITOA Tactical Patrol Officer Program should be directed to ITOA Vice President Ed Mohn at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INDIVIDUAL OFFICER REQUEST
The following guidelines have been established for individual officers that would like to participate in the ITOA's Tactical Patrol Officer program.
Step #1 - Recognition Request
An individual officer who has met the training requirements for the TPO designation may send a letter (e-mail) to the ITOA requesting recognition. The Letter must include the following for each of the TPO requirements:
Course Title / Course Date(s) / Lead instructor - Company - Organization providing the training.
Step #2 - Upon receipt of the self nomination letter - the ITOA will review the information and issue a certificate to the individual officer recognizing the officers TPO designation. The ITOA will also provide the officer with the contact information to acquire the TPO uniform pins. It is the individual officers responsibility to order and pay for the uniform pin.
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