CATO: The California Association of Tactical Officers is a professional organization dedicated to improving tactics and safety through education, peer contacts, and the sharing of tactical information. Membership entitles individuals and tactical teams to participate in CATO training, including the annual conference, at a price that demonstrates quality and value. The organization welcomes current and former members of law enforcement and the military. Join CATO today!

Voting is now open for CATO’s Vice President and Treasurer.

Make your voice heard, vote for the future of CATO.

CATO Land Navigation Course for SWAT Teams

Hosted by Placer County SET & Sacramento County SED

November 18-19, 2019


SBSD Mud Run

November 16, 2019 – 0900

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Athletic Federation SAF is hosting a Mud Run on November 16th to raise money for the charity Warfighter Made, which builds off-road vehicles for wounded veterans. Support this great cause and sign up your SWAT Team using the code CATONEWS to get a discount and also to be entered into a raffle to run the race for free. For the Team that wins the mud run, CATO is donating a prize of five 5.11 AMPC Pack 16L backpacks and a free CATO course of their choice. To register, visit and search “San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Mud Run.”  Team participants must run in boots and BDU pants.


CATO Certification


Regional Representives

Members Only

Must Read

Read about The Evolution of CATO in the Summer 2019 issue

A lot was going on in the year of 1997. The average cost of gas was $1.22 a gallon, Bill Clinton was President of the United States, and Pete Wilson was Governor of California. The world mourned when Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in France, and Mother Theresa died in Calcutta. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the first in a new series of books that took the world by storm, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeded 7,000 for the first time. In California, O.J. Simpson was found guilty in a civil court for killing his wife and Ronald Goldman and ordered to pay more than thirty-three million dollars. A month later in North Hollywood, in a shootout between robbers wearing homemade ballistic clothing and police, nearly 2,000 rounds were exchanged. This incident resulted in every police agency in the nation reevaluating their capabilities. During the following month, thirty-nine people from the Heaven’s Gate cult were discovered to have committed suicide near San Diego. It was in this tumultuous year that Ken Hubbs, a San Diego Police Lieutenant, determined that California needed its own tactical association, one that was specifically focused on the needs of the tactical officers in California police departments. It was with this idea in mind that he founded CATO. READ MORE

2019 CATO Training Conference

December 2-5, 2019

San Diego, CA

Registration is NOW OPEN!

CATO Training Waiting List
The CATO training courses fill up very fast. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please send an email to:
Include the course name and dates. If openings become available or when the next course opens for registration, an email will be sent to all who are on waiting lists. Then it will be first come, first served.
Don’t miss out!