Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium, also known as OakTac, was established in 2009 to prepare Oakland County in the event of a major incident requiring a mutual-agency response. OakTac law enforcement consortium uniformly trains and exercises using shared resources to strengthen overall preparedness capabilities. With the help of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants, OakTac has been able to secure funding for training, exercises, equipment, supplies, and other resources.
There were 6 agencies who initially formed this consortium and membership has now grown to 40 agencies.
97% of the population within Oakland County is protected by member agencies. Areas that are not yet covered fall within the jurisdiction of Michigan State Police.
OakTac is organized into two main disciplines:
1. Mobile Field Force - The Mobile Field Force (MFF) mitigate incidents involving civil disorder.
2. Active Assailant Response - Situations involving violence are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the violence and facilitate medical treatment and evacuation of victims.
- The purpose of this organization is to provide coordination of resources and training, and ultimately position Oakland County to more effectively and efficiently respond in the event of a critical incident.
- Oakland County law enforcement agencies are meeting the need to fully train their officers in responding to potential serious incidents at schools, workplaces, and other venues.
- Approval from UASI Board to develop active assailant response policy and training program for OakTac members occurred in 2014.
- There are a 2 day initial training and 1 Day refresher course that include basic concepts of formations, negotiating stairwells, and using multiple response teams.
- Active assailant response utilizes Universal Training Munition Conversion Kits to allow officers to use duty weapons to fire non-lethal rounds during reality based training sessions. (Over 80,000 rounds have been expended since training commenced.)
- The “First Responding Supervisors” training program introduces the model Oaktac policy and teaches a standardized supervisory response to critical incidents.
- Active assailant response training for command staff and executive staff will be introduced in the near future.
- Law enforcement, fire departments, homeland security and emergency medical services partners developed 3 Computer Based Training programs that supplement other in person trainings on the utilization of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Rescue Task Forces and Casualty Collection Points during active assailant incidents.
- Transitioning from an “isolate, contain, and wait for SWAT” law enforcement response to an immediate threat engagement and faster medical response to aid victims.
- The Oakland County Homeland Security Division has been an integral part of ensuring the success of OakTac by facilitating much needed federal training funds.