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!

January 27-28, 2020

Tactical Operations Liability Course (San Diego, CA)

February 3-5, 2020

Tactical Rope Access Course (San Diego, CA)

February 3-8, 2020

Basic Firearms Instructor Course (San Diego, CA)

February 10-14, 2020

Chemical Agent Instructor Course (San Diego, CA)

February 24-28, 2020

SWAT Commander Course (San Diego, CA)

February 24-28, 2020

SWAT Team Leader Course (San Diego, CA)

March 30 – April 2, 2020

Rope Master Course (Castaic, CA)

April 27 – 30, 2020

Tactical Firearms Instructor Course (San Diego, CA)

November 2020

2020 CATO Training Conference (Reno, NV)

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CATO Certification

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Must Read

Preparing for the Worse Case Scenario by Ian Carver in the Fall 2019 issue

The prevalence of active shooter incidents in the United
States is on the rise and an ever-present threat to the public. As law enforcement, we are steadfast in training our personnel on the proper responses to these events. Our troops on the front lines are more prepared in tactics, medical intervention, mindset, and the other contingencies that may arise in such situations. While SWAT Teams may train for active shooter incidents and seem to be the “go-to” source for a response to such an event, the reality is that it is our patrol personnel who will be the first to arrive during an active shooter incident, make a plan, deploy, and potentially engage a suspect to stop the violence. SWAT personnel will most likely respond to the scene to conduct a final clear of the structures and possibly deal with the suspect, whether they are barricaded or down from gunfire. Except for a few SWAT team members who may be working in a collateral duty assignment at the time of an active shooter incident, the responsibility of handling the immediate crisis, conducting evacuations and rescues doesn’t really belong with SWAT teams. Instead, it primarily ends up falling into the hands of personnel working in field operations. With that in mind, it’s incumbent upon all law enforcement personnel to maintain a basic level of fitness and train in some particular modalities that lend themselves to what they may encounter in this worst-case scenario.

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2020 CATO Training Conference

November 2020

Reno, NV
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