The Michigan Tactical Officers Association (MTOA) was founded in Metro-Detroit in 1988. This not-for-profit organization was started in order for SWAT teams throughout the State of Michigan to exchange ideas, and methods of tactical operation. This was a forum for tactical officers to relay their experiences to other officers so they may benefit from the outcomes of incidents involving tactical teams.
Since then, following suit with the National Tactical Officers Association, the MTOA has opened the organization to more than just SWAT team members. Tactically-oriented patrol officers, K-9 units, hostage negotiators, helicopter air units, bomb technicians, tactical paramedics, and certain military units are eligible to join the association.