August 22, 2019: The NTOA’s Spirit of NTOA Award honors an individual, corporation or organization whose work epitomizes the ultimate vision of the NTOA – to save lives.
Dr. Mitch Javidi has had a significant impact on the NTOA, and law enforcement in general. Dr. Javidi was introduced to the NTOA in 2015 and his commitment to law enforcement soon became very clear, and with his vision, professionalism and humbleness, a formal partnership was soon created, and work began on the creation of the NTOA Command College. Dr. Javidi and his staff provided weeks-worth of time to help create the Command College and make it a reality. He was personally involved in almost every facet of the creation of this program.
In 2019 Dr. Javidi allowed the NTOA to utilize his company server, staff, and learning management system (LMS) at no cost in order to create the NTOA’s online Less Lethal Recertification Program. This would have cost the NTOA and its membership tens of thousands of dollars otherwise. As a result, the NTOA was able to launch the recertification program and make it available to almost 3,000 law enforcement personnel. Over the last 3+ years, Dr. Javidi has volunteered hundreds of hours by teaching courses for the NTOA, as well as traveling at his own cost to work on other projects for the association. He serves as a member of the NTOA Advisory Board and continues to assist on an almost weekly basis.
More than 10 years ago, Dr. Javidi created the International Academy of Public Safety. This organization’s mission is to educate and develop MAGNUS Leaders through modern learning experiences that build and promote community safety and mutual trust, maximize performance, and reduce liability and risks. The organization has provided instruction for thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the United States through online and in-person courses focusing on leadership and professionalism. Dr. Javidi has worked with state associations and individual agencies to build online learning portals to bring POST approved courses to more personnel. He is a published author of several leadership books, hundreds of articles, and the recipient of many awards from the US military JSOC, National Sheriff’s Association, and several universities. The NTOA will be hard pressed to find an individual more deserving of this award than Dr. Mitch Javidi.
Based upon Dr. Mitch Javidi’s continued efforts to support the mission and standards of the NTOA, he is hereby awarded the 2019 Spirit of NTOA Award.