Schedule

Updated 1130 2018-09-17

Sunday, November 4th

1200-1800  Vendor set up and registration

1400-1800  Early Registration/Check-in for Attendees

Monday, November 5th

0630-1800  Registration/Check-in for Attendees

0700-0800 Continental Breakfast

0800-0820 “Welcome” and Opening Comments

0820-1100 Real Lessons in Crisis Leadership and Decision Making

Lt. Col. “Bob” Darling flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that he supported the Vice President, National Security Advisor, and the National Command Authority, from inside the President’s Emergency Operations Center, within the White House on September 11, 2001. Today Bob is the author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House” the President and CEO of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA. A crisis management and crisis leadership training company located in Stafford, Virginia.

1100-1300 Lunch

1100-1900 Vendor Show

1300-1445 Las Vegas Massacre – “When you are the only equipment you have”

1300-1445 Drone and Laser Threats to Law Enforcement and the Homeland

The presentation covers low-energy laser counter-optical and weaponized drones (UAS) threats to the homeland and law enforcement officers as well as countermeasures.

Dr. Robert J. Bunker is a counterterrorism professional and an instructor with the Safe Communities Institute (SCI), University of Southern California (USC). Past appointments have included Futurist in Residence (FIR), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy, Quantico, VA and Minerva Chair, Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. He is a Los Angeles native and has provided past law enforcement counterterrorism support via the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center–West (NLECTC–West) and the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning (LA TEW) Group.

1500-1700 War On Cops

Mike Wood is the son of a 30-year California Highway Patrolman and the author of Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, the highly-acclaimed study of the 1970 California Highway Patrol gunfight in Newhall, California. Mike is an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, and a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 26 years of service. He’s a National Rifle Association (NRA) Law Enforcement Division-certified firearms instructor, serves as a member of the Editorial Board at PoliceOne.com, and has written the “Tactical Analysis” column at PoliceOne.com since 2014. Mike’s the Senior Editor at RevolverGuy.com, and has been a featured guest on the Excellence In Training Academy and American Warrior Society podcasts. He’s grateful for the opportunity to return as a speaker at the CATO Conference.

1700-2000 Cocktail Reception and Vendor Raffle #1

Tuesday, November 6th

0630-1800 Registration/Check-in for Attendees

0700-0800 Continental Breakfast

0800-0945 Patrol Officer Response to Hostage Incidents

Mike Hillmann is a law enforcement professional with 48 years of public service.  He is currently retired as a Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and former Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Port Police and Assistant Sheriff of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Departments.  While on LAPD, Chief Hillmann commanded the Special Operations Bureau and served as Commanding Officer for Incident Management and Training Bureau commanded Air Support Division and was an original member of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics and Team (SWAT) where he served as both Element and Squad Leaders. He is a court-qualified subject matter expert on crowd management, use of force, police tactics and SWAT. 

0800-0945 LAPD SEB SKIDS

1000-1130 Strategic Leadership, Mid-Level and Executive Leadership

This course is focused on developing the concepts of strategic and critical thinking, and for application of the same, by 21st-Century mid-level and executive law enforcement leaders.  The course focuses on the Corporate Campaign Model™ as a tool for strategic planning, and applies the process to developing accomplishable plans to solve long-term problems.

Randy Watt is the Chief of Police in Ogden, Utah, where he has served for 35 years, including leadership assignments in all Bureaus and Divisions.  Randy has extensive experience in SWAT Operations, serving on the Ogden/Metro SWAT Team for 12 years as a team member, Team Sergeant, and Team Commander.  Randy has twice been awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor for SWAT operations, as well as various other awards.  He is a long-time and nationally recognized instructor and lecturer for the NTOA, CATO, IACP, and other related law enforcement organizations.  Randy is also a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, having served 34 years in the Infantry and Special Forces.  His combat and service awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star with V device, three Bronze Stars, and numerous other awards and commendations.  He is a Master Parachutist and a Military Free Fall Parachutist.  He commanded at all levels of Special Forces, including ODA, Company, Battalion, and Group, and his combat tours consisted of leading Special Forces in CT and related operations. His last combat tour was in Iraq as the Strategic Plans Chief (J5) for the Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command-Iraq (JFSOCC-I), the HQ for all Counter-Terrorism ops in Iraq. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

1000-1130 San Diego SED “Chemical Agents and Lessons Learned”

The presentation will cover courtroom testimony as it relates to using chemical agents during tactical operations. The presentation will also include debriefs of tactical operations where chemical agents were utilized with lessons learned.

William Bunk began his career in law enforcement in 2006 as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Will has had the following assignments during his career in law enforcement; San Diego Central Jail, patrol, Field Training Officer, Gang Suppression Team, Corporal, and Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT). Will has been on the SWAT team for 7 years and has had various roles within the team. He is currently serving as the entry team leader and chemical agent liaison for the team and department.

1100-1900 Vendor Show

1100-1300 Lunch

1300-1445 Kern County SWAT Debrief

1300-1445 Aerial Platform Operations for Law Enforcement

1500-1700 SWAT Legal Update and Case Reviews

This presentation is a debrief of a murder investigation that led to a separate suspect that was believed to be plotting an unrelated murder.  A decision was made to stop the imminent attack which resulted in a shooting. The suspect lived to sue the deputies in federal court. This debrief will discuss the lessons learned from the operation and how to survive a federal court lawsuit.

Nick Tollefson began his career in law enforcement in 2005 as a Police Officer for Barstow Police Department from 2005-2007. Nick lateralled to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. Nick joined the SED (Specialized Enforcement Division) full time SWAT Team in 2012. He has served in as a SED Team Commander since 2014. He taught multiple subjects over the last 5 years during SWAT School and now oversees the school for quality and control.

Eugene Ramirez graduated from Whittier College School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and President of the Student Bar Association. At Whittier, he received an award as the Best Oral Advocate and the Outstanding Moot Court Graduate Award. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach (B.A., 1983), where he minored in Criminal Justice & Public Policy.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Ramirez worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he conducted numerous misdemeanor and felony jury trials, including murder trials. He has also worked as a reserve police officer for the Whittier Police Department and the Monterey Park Police Department.

He serves as an advisor to several public entities on the issues of use of force, canine and SWAT issues and policies and procedures. He has provided training to thousands of police officers and supervisors, from around the country and Canada, over the past 20 years. Mr. Ramirez regularly speaks to Chiefs of Police Organizations on liability and supervision issues. He also addresses supervisors of all ranks on how to recognize risk management issues.

Mr. Ramirez is an instructor on liability issues for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Basic SWAT School. He is also an instructor for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and for the National Tactical Officers’ Association (NTOA). He was a member of the State Attorney General’s Blue Ribbon SWAT Committee and he was a member of POST’s Executive Advisory Committee for SWAT Teams. He was a member of the LAPD Board of Inquiry, which examined LAPD SWAT operations. He is an approved California POST instructor.

Mr. Ramirez was profiled in the April 2003, California Lawyer Magazine, for his work in defending law enforcement. He was honored with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS). He has been named as a 2005-2011, 2014 Super Lawyer for Southern California. He was also named to the distinguished American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), in 2005, an award only bestowed upon proven trial attorneys. Mr. Ramirez is also an Associate Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

He was selected as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1993 and, 2006, by two different Sheriffs. He was selected as the 2009 Alumni Attorney of the Year for Whittier School of Law. He has been selected twice as one of the Top 25 Municipal Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. Mr. Ramirez has been awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) and from the United States Secret Service.

1500-1700 Patrol Officer Response to Hostage Incidents, LAPD SWAT

1830-2100 CATO Awards Dinner

**TACTICAL TRACK**

0800-0945 Drone Operations

1500-1700 Drone Operations

This course is a practical application of sUAS technology in the tactical environment.  Participants will be able to fly the LOKI aircraft in a controlled environment and discuss how the system can enhance a team’s effectiveness, as well as discussing sUAS capabilities and limitations  in general.

Kris Allshouse is a retired SWAT supervisor and now serves as Executive Director for the Los Angeles County RTC. In 2000 Kris received the Police Excellence Officer of the Year Award for investigative work on a string of gang homicides in Long Beach CA. As a police officer, he has received three other major awards: one for leading a patrol entry team on an active shooter response, one for rescuing hostages in a house, and one for rescuing hostages in a business. In April 2012, Kris was honored to receive the CA POST ICI Robert Presley Founder’s Award. Kris’s tactical background as a SWAT operator, medic, and waterborne team member has culminated in his working as an anti-terrorism consultant for LJT &Associates. Kris teaches tactical drone operations to local law enforcement and FBI SWAT teams across the country.

Anthony DeMolina is the Director of Aeronautical Training for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center and is the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Subject Matter Expert for the Los Angeles Police Department. He has examined the advantages and disadvantages of this technology as it pertains to the law enforcement and first responder communities. He was a technical advisor for the development of a UAS ordinance for the City of Los Angeles. He is the course designer and instructor for seven blocks of sUAS instruction for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center. He is certified as a Master Instructor through the California Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training. Anthony is court qualified as an Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation expert. He holds the following Federal Aviation Administration certifications: certified flight instructor, commercial multi-engine airplane, commercial helicopter pilot, as well as, remote pilot.  Anthony retired from the  Army as a Colonel after 30 years of service.

Wednesday, November 7th

0700-0800 Continental Breakfast

0800-0945 Tactical Drone Operations

A presentation and several debriefs showing the operational response capability of UAV’s in the tactical environment.

Zane Maltsberger joined the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in 2008. Maltsberger became a training officer in 2011, was selected as a COPPS deputy in 2013 and began his career with SED (Special Enforcement Detail/SWAT). In 2014 SED selected Maltsberger to be the teams canine handler for SWAT missions while simultaneously, the Sheriff’s Department requested Maltsberger serve as part of an exploratory committee for Unmanned Ariel Vehicles and law enforcements role. In 2016 this committee formed into the Unmanned Ariel Systems Unit (UASU) where Maltsberger served as a pilot, subject matter expert and helped shape policy for the team. Maltsberger also served 9 years in the United States Navy as an enlisted Aviation Rescue Swimmer, door gunner and crew chief aboard Seahawk helicopters deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2002-2006.

0800-0945 Oakland OIS

1000-1100 CATO Operator Certification process presentation

1000-1145 Courtroom Testimony on Chemical Agent Deployment

1000-1145 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

1200-1300 Lunch

1300-1445 Rescue Task Force Is An Answer Not the Answer

Ever since the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School, law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada have been training on the “contact team and extraction team” approach to threat and casualty management during active assailant incidents. Given the historical reluctance of conventional fire service and/or emergency medical services personnel to enter the warm zones of such environments and Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) providers not always being readily available, extraction teams were almost always the first emergency responders to encounter such casualties. However, given the growing acceptance and utilization of “rescue task forces,” law enforcement agencies are now falling into a dangerous trap by deemphasizing the critical role extraction teams will continue to play not only removing casualties but also treating them.

Jim Etzin is the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Farmington Hills (Michigan) Fire Department and Oakland County Tactical Assistance Consortium (OakTac), a mutual aid organization comprised of 40 law enforcement agencies serving approximately 1.3 million people. He is also the founder of the International Tactical EMS Association (ITEMS) and served as a United States Navy corpsman during combat operations in Operation Desert Storm and then as a full-time combat medicine instructor for the 1st Marine Division. After becoming the first corpsman to ever attend the United States Marine Corps Military Police School and Los Angeles County Sheriffs Departments Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School, he then served as both an operator and medic for the only full-time Marine Corps SWAT team at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the infamous North Hollywood Bank of America takeover robbery and shootout in 1997, two years prior to the incident at Columbine High School, Etzin was the first in the United States to conceptualize whats now known as the “rescue task force” approach to casualty management within such environments. He has been studying, practicing, and teaching active assailant response and tactical medicine for 34 years, has interviewed numerous survivors and emergency responders from such incidents, and is consequently considered a subject matter expert on not only the history of these events but also how to mitigate them tactically and medically.

1300-1445 Optimizing Human Performance-An Incredible Opportunity, FDNY (Ladder Co. 26-Harlem) Leadership Under Fire

This presentation seeks to provide an introduction to the understanding of Human Factors, and the significant impacts they have on operational readiness and performance, in high-risk and ultra-competitive environments.

Jim McNamara is a 24 year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Ladder Co. 26 in Harlem. Jim is a Charter member of the FDNY’s Mental Performance Initiative (MPI), and currently sits on the MPI’s Strategic Committee. Jim is also the MPI program’s liaison for the joint Human Performance Research Project with Columbia University. In addition, Jim is an advisor for Leadership under Fire, a team that helps leaders and organizations to optimize their performance.

1500-1700 Leading Beyond Chaos

This course focuses on crisis-oriented response SOPs for application to evolving man-caused critical incidents, offering the responding key leaders a set of effective response protocols for rapid application in order to stabilize, mitigate, and resolve life-threatening events.  Based on the presenter’s first-hand experience in police and military SWAT/CT operations, this course will enable SWAT Team leaders to respond more effectively as these types of incidents unfold.

 Randy Watt is the Chief of Police in Ogden, Utah, where he has served for 35 years, including leadership assignments in all Bureaus and Divisions.  Randy has extensive experience in SWAT Operations, serving on the Ogden/Metro SWAT Team for 12 years as a team member, Team Sergeant, and Team Commander.  Randy has twice been awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor for SWAT operations, as well as various other awards.  He is a long-time and nationally recognized instructor and lecturer for the NTOA, CATO, IACP, and other related law enforcement organizations.  Randy is also a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard, having served 34 years in the Infantry and Special Forces.  His combat and service awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star with V device, three Bronze Stars, and numerous other awards and commendations.  He is a Master Parachutist and a Military Free Fall Parachutist.  He commanded at all levels of Special Forces, including ODA, Company, Battalion, and Group, and his combat tours consisted of leading Special Forces in CT and related operations. His last combat tour was in Iraq as the Strategic Plans Chief (J5) for the Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command-Iraq (JFSOCC-I), the HQ for all Counter-Terrorism ops in Iraq. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

1500-1700 The History of Deliberate (Combat) Clearance

**PRACTICAL APPLICATION**

0800-1200 Tactical Drone Operations

0800-1700 LENCO Fire Cat Tactical Operations

Thursday, November 8th

0700-0800 Continental Breakfast

0800-1200 Sniper Operations

0800-1200 Tactical Leadership on Target, Clearance