On May 5, 1970, by virtue of State Charter, State of Texas, the Texas Narcotic Officers Association was organized. Meetings were held by city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers, whose primary duty was the enforcement of drug-related laws in the State of Texas. These meetings were held for the purpose of exchanging information, discussing problems inherent to narcotic enforcement, sharing new techniques being utilized by both officers and suspects, and recognizing deficiencies in the existing laws as they pertain to narcotic enforcement.
The Texas Narcotic Officers Association has grown over the years to a membership of approximately 2000. Membership in TNOA is not exclusive to narcotic officers. TNOA members include officers from street cops to gang officers. TNOA members include members of sheriffs' departments, constables' offices, district attorneys' offices, state officers, federal officers, reserve officers, and officers from many other areas of law enforcement. Any officer who has an interest in the drug problem in the state of Texas is welcome to join TNOA.
TNOA is divided into five Regional Chapters organized according to geographical regions, to wit: North, South, East, West, and Central. Each Regional Chapter elects one Chapter Vice President and two Chapter Directors. Each Regional Chapter holds quarterly Regional meetings. The election of the Chapter Vice President and the Chapter Directors are held at the last quarterly meeting prior to the Annual Training Conference. TNOA holds one annual meeting that is designated as the Annual Training Conference.
The Executive Board of the Association consists of the President, the State Sgt-at-Arms, five Chapter Vice Presidents, ten Chapter Directors, the Immediate Past President, the Journal Editor/Historian, the State Training Officer, a Conference Coordinator and the Executive Director.