WSTOA acts as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. The association strives to advance individual and team knowledge by providing a network to share sound tactics, training and operational experiences.

WSTOA works to foster the highest professional standards and levels of competence by providing high quality instruction to its members, promoting proper tactics, equipment and safety.

On February 22, 2023 Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Drew Kennison was severely injured in a tragic accident while operating his patrol vehicle. Drew was traveling back from a SWAT training, where he serves as a SWAT team member.

While traveling, the top of a tree fell onto the front of Drew’s patrol vehicle and entered into the passenger area, causing serious injuries to Drew. Thankfully, other SWAT members were there to immediately begin lifesaving medical support until rescue units could arrive. Tourniquets were placed on Drew’s arm and leg, effectively saving his life. We are incredibly grateful for their quick and direct action.

Due to the heavy winter weather conditions, rescue units were hampered in getting to Drew and the response took approximately 40 minutes. Once arrived, Drew was extricated from his vehicle and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was stabilized. Drew was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where due to the severity of his injuries, it required a partial amputation of his left leg. Drew is in stable condition and has his family at his side.