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Articles that appear in The Tactical Edge and the Crisis Negotiator (discontinued as of Winter 2012 issue) are for informational purposes only. The nature of the content of all of the articles is intended to provide NTOA members with accurate information in regard to the subject matter covered. However, some of the articles contain authors' opinions which may not reflect a position considered or adopted by the National Tactical Officer's Association. Articles are published with the understanding that the NTOA is not engaged in rendering legal advice, or tactical advice in the abstract. The tactical principles and suggestions set forth in the articles contained in the publication cannot possibly address every conceivable circumstance that could be encountered during an operation. Therefore the law enforcement officer must rely on his or her past training, experience and applicable governing law in deciding on the appropriate tactical response in any given situation.

The NTOA has taken reasonable care in sourcing and presenting the information contained in The Tactical Edge and the Crisis Negotiator, but accepts no responsibility for any physical or emotional injury, damages of any kind, financial, or other loss or damage. There is no promise or warranty, either expressed or implied regarding the content of any published submission appearing in any of our publications.

TE Submission Guidelines Print E-mail

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.

Incident summaries

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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
  • demographics

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Tactical Edge Print E-mail

TE-W14-CoverWidely considered the leading authority in tactical operations information, The Tactical Edge reaches approximately 40,000 law enforcement officers. Our award-winning publication proudly boasts more than 30 years of publishing the most current life-saving information from a cadre of seasoned experts.

The Tactical Edge is published quarterly in February, May, August and November.

Crisis Negotiator Print E-mail


Fusion of the Crisis Negotiator and The Tactical Edge

Beginning in 2012, The Tactical Edge magazine will incorporate a new Crisis Negotiations Section featuring CNT-related articles and team profiles. The Crisis Negotiator will no longer be offered as a separate publication for our CNT members. This new section features the same high-quality articles you have come to expect from the Crisis Negotiator journal.

Many factors were taken into account while reaching the decision to combine these publications. The primary reason was NTOA's overriding philosophy that SWAT, Crisis Negotiators, TEMS and EOD personnel are all most effective when working together as one team to resolve crisis situations. The era of adversarial SWAT and CNT elements is, or should be, a thing of the past. NTOA crisis negotiations and SWAT instructors advocate a parallel approach to problem-solving in which SWAT and CNT resources support one another in resolving crisis situations. Cooperative relationships are essential, and cooperation is best achieved when the members of all entities share experiences and have some knowledge and appreciation for the tactics, techniques, procedures and equipment employed by their counterparts.

The Tactical Edge is indisputably the finest publication of its kind. With the inclusion of the Crisis Negotiations section, The Tactical Edge will truly stand alone as the complete, professional journal for law enforcement critical incident management.

A new member benefit we have added is the ability to view all archived issues of The Tactical Edge (since 1983) and the Crisis Negotiator (since 2001) on our Web site in PDF format.


The Tactical Edge is published quarterly in March, June, September and December.


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