2016 Lineup


conf2015-111“Closing the Gap: Policing Professionalism and Public Trust”
The CATO Training Conference kicks off Monday morning with a dynamic and entertaining presentation by Dr. Tony Kern, speaker and award-winning author of ”Going Pro: The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism.” Dr. Kern provides an honest appraisal of the problems associated with decaying public trust in government in general, and law enforcement specifically. Dr. Kern, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and B-1B Bomber pilot, pulls no punches on his assessment of the challenge facing law enforcement, and the changes necessary to adapt and overcome the forces in play. Key topics will include: Accepting the “situation on the ground,” restoring and sustaining public trust, error control and professionalism (two sides of the same coin), and identifying and managing the rogue operator.

“Risk Management in a SWAT Environment”
The professionalism of law enforcement is being called into question more than ever. High profile events from around the country are spotlighting law enforcement, especially tactical teams. Are you prepared to weather the increased scrutiny? Are you as prepared to deal with a lawsuit as you are with an active shooter? Do you understand the legal concepts that you will be questioned on? One of the presidential candidates discussed the wrong legal standard regarding use of force during the recent debate. How many of you would have had it right? This presentation with Attorney Eugene Ramirez will discuss the “Legal Survival Concepts” that you MUST know to withstand the inevitable lawsuit and will also review some of the recent SWAT Team cases being decided around the country.

DEBRIEF: “Jawbone Canyon Manhunt”
On July 31, 2015, Benjamin Peter Ashley held three people at gunpoint at a remote cabin in the Twin Oaks area in the mountains of Kern County (California). The next day, a victim of a homicide was found at another remote cabin approximately 10 miles away. The suspect was tracked through rugged terrain and an officer involved shooting occurred inside of a structure, resulting in severe injuries to one operator. The suspect was able to flee into the mountains, which initiated a multiple-week search. Numerous agencies were involved in the search and the suspect was later located after a tip from the public which led to a second officer involved shooting.

DEBRIEF: “Draw the Prophet” Terrorist Attack
On May 3, 2015, the first ISIS attack in the United States was conducted outside of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and “Draw the Prophet” contest, located at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. Two gunmen opened fire on police officers blocking the west entrance to the cartoon exhibit. After a brief gun battle ensued, the two gunmen were neutralized by law enforcement personnel before they could fire upon any individuals attending the event.

norway flagDEBRIEF: “The Norway Attacks”
Lt. Geir Eivind Rye and Lt. Knut Grini are traveling from Norway to provide an extensive debrief of “the Norway attacks” describing two sequential lone wolf terrorist attacks by Anders Behring Breivik against the government, the civilian population, and a youth league summer camp in Norway on July 22, 2011. The attacks claimed a total of 77 lives.

CATO san bernardino attack.2pngDebrief: “San Bernardino Terrorist Attack”
On December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a husband and wife, attacked a holiday party for the San Bernardino Department of Public Health with firearms and improvised explosive devices. In total, 14 people were murdered and 22 others seriously injured. This event, and the response by local agencies, has been the focus of national and local news for months. San Bernardino SWAT Commander Lt. Travis Walker was the initial Incident Commander and Tactical Commander for the duration of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. He will discuss the tactical response to this event as well as their team’s tactics and lessons learned.

DEBRIEF: “OIS – Surviving the Aftermath”
Officer Norm Brice debriefs his 2001 officer involved shooting where he responded as a patrol officer (collaterally assigned as a SWAT sniper) to a call of a meth influenced suspect who took his girlfriend’s baby hostage and was threatening to kill the baby, then die in a shootout with police.

marty dulworth picDEBRIEF: “The Warrior Mindset”
In 2012, Officer Marty Dulworth was leading a team of officers in search of a “downed officer” when he was ambushed. Marty and his police dog “Kilo” were both shot by the suspect armed with an AK-47. Marty will share his firsthand account of surviving this incident that cost him the life of his police dog and left him an amputee. He will discuss the lessons learned and how SWAT members can better prepare for similar encounters. He will discuss what it’s like to mentally win against the challenges of such a horrific gunfight and beyond and explain what it takes to be a true warrior in both body and spirit.

“Tactical K9 Applications for SWAT Operations”
This presentation by Lieutenant Romeo Ingreso and Officer Ernest Wolosewicz is designed to expose SWAT team members to training and communication concepts enabling them to successfully integrate with the modern police dog team. The presentation will also address proper training, tactics and protocols needed to safely resolve high risk tactical operations as well as prepare tactical teams for direct operational involvement in pre-deployment planning strategies and actual mission involvement requiring the deployment of tactical arrest teams, containment teams, entry team assignments, barricaded vehicle operations, and high risk search missions.

“Commander’s Tactical Response Process”
Tactical team leaders establish order out of chaos by executing rapid crisis-action planning and providing clear, understandable orders to units and elements. This presentation by Randy Watt will provide current and future Team Leaders with a proven Critical Incident Response Process for emergent incidents complete with SOP-driven specified activities and risk management concepts which create a rapidly executed, yet orderly application of tactical assets and that supports a Commander’s resolution decision making. The presenter’s education, training and extensive practical experience provide for an excellent learning opportunity.

“Contemporary Tactical Issues”
This block of instruction with Steve Ijames will focus on key issues related to SWAT team structure, assessment, and command that are directly related to increasing the probability of positive outcomes in the operational realm. Case studies will be used to illustrate the role and significance of often overlooked but foundational team concepts that when properly identified and applied, lead to top floor performance.

“Surviving Today to Lead Tomorrow”
In this lighthearted, yet motivational, presentation, Lt. Russell Jacks will discuss what it takes to survive, not only physically but also mentally as a SWAT officer today. The presentation will include overviews and lessons learned from having been personally involved in and supervised several SWAT related shootings. Attendees can expect to leave having been entertained but also inspired and challenged, with a renewed sense of purpose in their law enforcement and SWAT careers.

“Police Sniper Operations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Every day, SWAT teams respond to the dangerous of calls, expected to solve the most difficult of situations. Snipers are an integral part of those responses. This presentation by Derrick Bartlett will look at successes and failures of several recent deployments, and the lessons they teach. Derrick is a veteran of law enforcement with over 20 years in SWAT. As Director of Snipercraft, Inc., he has provided instruction for snipers and supervisors for over one thousand law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. He is also the President of the American Sniper Association.

Tactical Explosive Breaching Operations:
The Hazard Puzzle Risk Assessment Method
This presentation by retired U.S. Navy SEAL Chuck O’Connor reviews the importance for refining tactical explosive users’ status as their agency’s subject matter experts. This is accomplished by presenting how an unintentional “trap” has been created that keeps the scientific and tactical communities expecting to find safety guidance protocol from traditional methods and conditions that are not practical for tactical explosive breaching. The Hazard Puzzle Risk Assessment Method explains how traditional explosive research and application practices related to other explosive applications is not efficient for tactical entry requiring mission essential personnel to position close to the detonation point. (Limited seating for this class.)

“Tactical Response to Fire‐as‐a‐Weapon”
The use of fire as a weapon adds to the lethality of an incident. Not only do officers have to deal with the dangers normally associated with tactical entries and building sweeps, but fires quickly make the situation much more complex and dangerous for victims and responders. This two-hour lecture by Dr. Mike Clumpner from Threat Suppression Inc. (and a full-time fire captain/paramedic) will give tactical officers a basic understanding of fires during hostile events. Attendees will learn the predictable nature of fire and also learn that basic planning can minimize the dangers long enough for officers to mitigate the hostile threat. Attendees will receive a basic understanding of “go/no go” situations depending on the size and location of the fire.

ASP Tactical Light Course for Instructors
(Sign ups required for this course in advance of conference)
For the first time, CATO will be offering a certification opportunity at the training conference. ASP will conduct its “Tactical Light Course for Instructors” with one 8-hour course on Tuesday (Nov 8) presented to 40 attendees on a first-come basis. Attendees must be registered for the conference to attend. There are no additional fees to attend and each attendee will receive a duty light and tactical light case upon completion of the course along with an instructor certification.

This ASP course is an 8-hour training session that is designed for instructors to take back to their individual agencies and combine with their specific department tactics to teach officers the use of a light not as a weapon, but as a defensive tool. These “tactical lighting” procedures are designed for everyday use by street police officers and work effectively for all law enforcement officers. The training incorporates drills which simulate the stress of street encounters and provides the basics for transitions from lights to batons to cuffing and any necessary transitions between those defensive tools. These are court defensible techniques and are backed by the nation’s most experienced use of force consultants.

Attendees can expect plenty of physical involvement and should bring a duty belt for ASP scabbards, shoes with linear and lateral support, and pants that will accommodate a belt and duty gear. A separate hold harmless agreement for this course will be required.

Sign ups; Interested participants must be registered for the CATO Training Conference at the time of the course and “reservations” will be made on a first-come basis in advance of the conference starting now by emailing Ron Soliday from ASP at ron.soliday@asp-usa.com. (Do not make reservations with CATO.) When making your reservation; include your full name (as registered for conference), your agency, contact phone number (including area code) and preferred day to attend the course. The class is limited to 40 persons. A waiting list may be established.

“The Evolution of Ammunition”
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive review of the changes in performance regarding law enforcement ammunition, firearms platforms, and training concepts throughout the last 30+ years based on the experiences of Scott Javins who serves as the Law Enforcement/Military Products Manager for Hornady. Designed to provide insight into the liabilities that law enforcement officers may encounter such as over-penetration or under-penetration, we will be discussing the origin and development of the FBI Protocol Test Procedures and how it relates to today’s ammunition performance. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide officers insight into how their choices of firearms and ammunition must work in order to prevent liability issues which could ultimately affect the Department, its officers, not to mention those they have sworn to protect. (Limited seating for this class.)

“Planning for Large Scale and Crisis Events”
This presentation by Sergeant Travis Norton from the Oceanside [CA] Police Department will cover the planning process for any size event and includes natural, mechanical and adversarial crises. Examples of plans that will be covered include large scale pre-planned events, floods, active shooter response, power outages, protests (hasty) and small scale patrol based plans. The lack of planning for large scale critical incidents is cited as an issue in many after action reports. This course will provide you with the knowledge needed to begin drafting these plans at your department. (Limited seating for this class.)

“Tactical Medical Care Intervention”
(Limited attendance – sign up during conference check-in)
The Hawthorne [CA] Police Department Tactical Medicine Unit will offer two 2-hour hands-on courses for LE first responders in basic medical care interventions, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care in a tactical operation or any other critical incident involving traumatic injuries. The course involves lectures and dynamic hands-on skill sessions including tourniquet application, wound packing and wound treatment skills, nasopharyngeal airways, and the application of chest seals in a tactical environment. Attendees will receive a free trauma kit upon completion of the course. Limited to 25 people per class on a first-come sign up basis during conference registration check-in.

“Enhancing Operational Performance by Building Safety Culture”
This presentation with Professor (and former patrol officer) David Klinger will examine the micro social structure of how things can turn sideways in police work and lead to unnecessary injuries and deaths of officers and citizens alike. It also builds on this understanding of the causes of negative policing outcomes to explain how they can be minimized. Using police case studies and calling on evidence from other dangerous endeavors, Klinger offers insights into how to create both individual mindsets and organizational cultures that promote and enhance safety in police field operations.

“Tactical Use of Chemical Agents”
This presentation facilitated by Phil Myers and Will Bunk will focus on the tactical use of chemical agents. It will include debriefings of several call outs by the San Diego County SWAT team (SED), a review of launching munitions, and a question-and-answer session. (Limited seating for this class.)

“Surviving the Microscope”
How do we prepare to succeed under the scrutiny of a bad outcome? Is your team training, deploying and documenting in a tactically sound, ethical manner consistent with the law, policy and best practices? How do we set the standard and where does “it” come from? This presentation by Sergeant Marcus Sprague from Santa Rosa [CA] PD will explore where to find “Best Practices” and how to train, deploy and document in a manner that best prepares you to defend yourself, your team and your agency. (Limited seating for this class.)

DEBRIEF: “.50 Cal Deployment at a Vehicle Borne IED”
On June 13, 2015, the Dallas Police Department Headquarters was attacked by a lone gunman in an armored van. The subsequent pursuit led to a SWAT operation utilizing a Barrett .50 Cal Weapon System to end the standoff. This debrief presentation Senior Corporal Mark Lang from Dallas PD will focus on the initial attack, SWAT operation, and render safe procedures with the van and subsequent lessons learned from interacting with multiple agencies during the attack.

“Surviving the Ambush: The Growing Sophistication of Active Shooter Attacks”
A discussion with Special Forces veteran Aaron Barruga about the increasing complexity of active shooter attacks and the recommended steps law enforcement training culture should adopt in order to increase officer capacity during crises. Although both hostile engagements at the patrol level, and more sophisticated SWAT-style operations are dangerous and demand decisive action by officers, they have created training doctrine and operational techniques that ill prepare officers for engagements with trained, coordinated, and multiple opponents. By examining Special Forces small unit tactical training, law enforcement can appropriately scale their tactics to address active shooters while remaining within the jurisdiction that dictates domestic policing. Topics to include; Doctrinal terms, defining ambush and small unit action, assessing complexity of recent active shooter attacks, coordinated gang members, ISIL sympathizers, vehicle ballistic lab data, force posture recommendations (mobile), training development recommendations, and how to properly incorporate stress.

“Teamwork in Times of Catastrophic Injury”
The presentation addresses the inspirational actions of teammates and coworkers in response to a catastrophic and disabling injury. Examples and the explanations of how that teamwork still helps today will be presented by Officer Paul Meyer from the Portland [OR] Police Department.

“Understanding Human Performance During and After a High Stress Incident”
Understanding how the brain and body work under high stress is something law enforcement trainers too often ignore which means officers are ill equipped emotionally and physically during deadly force encounters. The science of human performance as it pertains to perception, action and memory will be addressed by Calibre Press owner Lt. Jim Glennon (Retired). In addition, he will discuss how supervisors and investigators must understand and overcome things like investigatory and observational bias when reviewing video of force events.

“Culturally Competent Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism”

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