Heartland Tactical Officers Association

Team Memberships

The HTOA is a proud partner of the National Tactical Officers Association and the NTOA Academy.

The Heartland Tactical Officers Association welcomes you to their home on the World Wide Web. The purpose of this website is to provide HTOA members an additional communication and resource tools to keep up to date on HTOA news and business.

We will continue to expand and update this website so that all members can continue to benefit as a result of their membership with the HTOA.

The HTOA is also a proud partner of the National Tactical Officers Association and the NTOA Academy. We invite you to click on the NTOA Academy image for a link to more information on this course.
Our Mission

Mutual Aid

Establish mutual aid contacts for operational issues


Develop training standards


Share training information, logistics, sites and instructors


Provide low-cost, high quality training to members

Proud Supporter
of the NTOA Academy

About Us

The Heartland Tactical Officers Association was established as the Metro Tactical Officers Association (MTOA) in 1989 by Steve Smith, Lenexa Police Department (retired). At that time seven different agencies representing sixty officers became the cornerstone of an organization that has continued to grow throughout the Midwest.

In 2008 the association incorporated as the Kansas City Metro Tactical Officers Association (HTOA) and became a 501c3, non-profit organization with a Board of Directors. The association continued to attract other agencies that now boasts officers representing over 100 agencies in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois.

In 2019, 30 years after the inception of the MTOA, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to change the name of the HTOA to the Heartland Tactical Officers Association (HTOA). That decision was not taken likely as the HTOA has a long history and has gained national prominence from the great work of many of its members. However, the association has become representative of many agencies throughout the Midwest, the heartland of the nation, and HTOA more accurately describes who we are.

All support staff and instructors are law enforcement professionals who donate their time and talents for the betterment of the communities they serve.


Memberships include priority access to all HTOA sponsored events, training logistics and the association newsletter / training calendar of SWAT related courses.

Team Membership

Application Fee $175.00 (covers remainder of year of application) Annual Renewal $175.00 (due upon notice)


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