The NTOA welcomes submissions from current members and selected non-members. Authors should follow the following guidelines:
Please submit an original manuscript in electronic format, faxes will not be accepted. Complete contact information should be provided, including law enforcement affiliation, daytime phone and e-mail address.
Articles should be submitted to
as email attachments in Microsoft Word. Please include a recent head-and-shoulder photo of the author and brief biographical sketch of law enforcement background.
All articles are peer reviewed by NTOA subject-matter experts before approval for publication.
The NTOA reserves the right to edit manuscripts. These edits could include changes to clarify the story, improve the writing, trim the length or ensure that an article meets our stylistic guidelines found in the Associated Press Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style.
Digital photos are preferred, but color prints are acceptable. The NTOA reserves the right to crop photos. All photos must include captions keyed to photo file name.
Digital photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi resolution (600 dpi is preferred) and at least 3 x 5 inches (8 x 10 inches preferred). The size should be as close to 1mb as possible. Use a 3-megapixel or higher camera on the best-quality jpg or tif setting. Photos embedded in Word or PowerPoint files, or images copied from the Internet are unacceptable and cannot be used.
If illustrations, charts or graphs are used, please verify that you have the right to publish these.
NTOA reserves the right to disseminate submitted photos as needed for website, advertisements, etc.
Feature articles typically run 1,500 to 2,500 words. We welcome focused articles of 1,000 words or less, and consider in-depth articles of 3,000 words.
Please inform us if the article has previously appeared in another publication.
In consideration of being published in The Tactical Edge, the submitting author(s) agrees that NTOA may reprint, reproduce and disseminate as determined by the Executive Director of the NTOA.
The NTOA will not publish articles that are advertorial in nature and/or promoting the author's company, training or product.
The NTOA does not offer monetary compensation for articles published.
The Tactical Edge publishes incident summaries for the benefit of fellow officers. Often the lessons learned in one incident will help law enforcement anticipate potential problems in future incidents. Incident summaries for The Tactical Edge may be brief or in-depth, depending on the type of incident and the lessons learned.
We welcome your commentary and observations, so that others may learn from the tactics - good and bad - that were employed. This type of article does not require extensive writing experience. Often an informative article can be created from a written report. The staff of The Tactical Edge will provide editing expertise.
Please include contact information and current law enforcement status of the writer. If desired, the name of the law enforcement agency and/or the exact locale can be eliminated from publication.
Summaries must be factual. Provide only constructive criticism, the kind that is useful during any incident debrief.
Photos are helpful as are charts or diagrams. In some situations, the staff of the magazine can improve on the hand-drawn diagrams submitted.
Incident summaries should be sent to
Crosshairs team profile guidelines for The Tactical Edge
We know you are proud of your team. Share your pride with the rest of the SWAT and law enforcement community by writing a profile highlighting your team. See it in print in The Tactical Edge!
- description of area served
History of team
- event(s) leading up to formation
- early visionaries/mentors
- early organization
- training challenges/opportunities
- significant event(s) forming team cohesiveness
- current status of team (number/quality of members, leaders, command)
- development of priorities
- first purchases
- current status of equipment (vehicles, weapons, etc.)
- funding sources
- significant events/call outs (different from history of team section)
- could include one or more brief incident summaries
- awards, testimonials, support of community
- team philosophy/mission statement
- future goals and objectives
- author photo and short bio
- at least one good quality team photo a must
- additional photos of training
- vehicle/equipment photo(s)
- historical photo if available
Profiles should be sent to