SWAT and Critical Incident Management Program

The OpTac International, Inc. SWAT and Critical Incident Management Program, hosted by the Lafayette Police Dept., will be held June 25-26, 2020, in Lafayette, Indiana. The program is based on the book, “SWAT Operations and Critical Incidents: Why People Die” written by Stuart A. Meyers, and includes his prize-winning Harvard University research on the complexities of critical incident management.


Law enforcement administrators, executive officers, incident and tactical commanders, and SWAT team personnel will benefit from an improved understanding of critical incident management, and its associated legal and liability concerns from both organizational and operational perspectives. Presentations include an analysis of contextual and hierarchy leadership, contemporary command decision-making, practical applications for incident management, and a model of essential organizational conditions to increase the consistent likelihood of successful incident outcomes. In addition, an examination of six high-profile case studies are presented in detail.


The cost to attend the OpTac International SWAT and Critical Incident Management Program is $425 per person. For further information or to register online, please visit: www.optacinternational.com email: info@optacinternational.com or call 443-61-OPTAC (67822). *Note – This program will start at 1pm on June 25th, immediately following the conclusion of the preceding Tactical Command Program.


Subject Areas:
Overview of critical incident management
Decision-making for extreme events
Legal concerns for critical incident management
Criminal and civil liability for commanders and executive officers
Leader skills
Personnel deployment
Organizational and operational concerns
Impact of suspect actions
Guidelines for effective SWAT team management
Interactive discussion of attendee incident management concerns
Presentation of the OpTac International Model designed to increase the likelihood of consistently successful outcomes on critical incidents

Speaker and Presenter Information

Stuart Meyers is the Chief Executive Officer of OpTac International, Inc., and the former Director of SWAT Operations and Training in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is the author of the books, SWAT Operations and Critical Incidents: Why People Die, SWAT Fitness, A Guide to Police Sniping, and Police Sniper Administrative Policy & Training with sales worldwide. He has developed elite SWAT teams, written policy and protocols, conducted tactical team evaluations, and taught courses throughout the globe on SWAT operations, hostage rescue, tactical command, critical incident management, sniper operations, dignitary protection, police leadership, weapons training, special event security, instructor certification, and other special operations related topics. Agencies he has trained include foreign counter-terrorist teams, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Special Forces, and federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel representing Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Middle East.


Stuart is currently completing a Doctor of Education degree in Organization and Leadership at Columbia University focusing on new educational strategies for law enforcement personnel. He has a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University, where he received the Dean’s List for Academic Achievement Award, and the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding ALM Thesis in the Social Sciences for his extensive research on critical incident management. Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland, received counter-terrorism training at Georgetown University, and chemical and biological terrorism training at the Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has taught leadership seminars at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and was an adjunct professor of criminal justice and law enforcement at Trinity Washington University. He is the creator and Executive Director of the OpTac International Tactical Command Conference and National SWAT/Sniper Symposium. Stuart speaks fluent Spanish and intermediate conversational Arabic.


He was a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Police for over 16 years with the majority of his career spent in Special Operations. Stuart was initially assigned to the Decentralized SWAT team and then promoted to the elite full-time Centralized SWAT team. He competed in the H&K Invitational Counter-Sniper Team Competition at Fort Meade, Maryland, winning the overall individual championship, and the team championship with his partner. In addition, Stuart was the honor graduate and top shooter at both the United States Marine Corps Scout/Sniper Instructor School Enhancement Course, in Quantico, VA, and the Baltimore County Counter-Sniper School, in Ft. Meade, MD. He has participated in over 1,000 high-risk tactical operations and critical incidents throughout his law enforcement career.


Stuart was featured on the Discovery Channel and the Sportsman Channel, and has provided expert commentary on other television programs to include: the Nancy Grace Show, Larry King Live, O’Reilly Factor, Catherine Crier Live, Connie Chung Show, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, MTV News, Tru/Court TV, BBC, and local news networks throughout the country. His extensive executive problem-solving and SWAT operations experience have made him a sought-after special consultant for domestic and foreign government agencies.

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, GSA, USPS, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, USAID, National Guard Association, Federal Government, State & Local Government, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA

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Thu-Fri, Jun 25-26, 2020


Individual Registration Fee:  $425.00

Lafayette, IN

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