The CATO News is the exclusive magazine for members of the California Association of Tactical Officers. Its purpose is to deliver innovative, provocative and inspirational ideas, practical advice, insight into current issues and technology, recommended best practices, training techniques, and lessons learned from incident debriefs.

Articles rely on the knowledge and experience of subject matter experts, but also emphasize ingenuity, versatility and adaptability.

Topics of discussion include a variety of subjects within the diverse functional roles of tactical team positions such as:

  • Civil liabilities
  • Operational Planning
  • Use of force
  • Gang and narcotics investigation
  • Scout
  • Sniper
  • TEMS
  • SWAT K9
  • Team leader
  • Team commander

The magazine also keeps readers informed about the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary for subject areas such as the:

  • Deployment of chemical agents
  • Use of nonlethal weapons
  • Tactical emergency medicine
  • Use of robots

Articles also place an emphasis on specialized tactical, leadership and professional skills, tips and techniques.

Recognition of dedicated and talented individuals and team excellence are also part of the mix, with attention to operator-level topics and a focus on tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as supervisory-level information focused on planning, decision making, policies and management. Increased efficiency and effectiveness is the target.

CATO News is designed to provide a superior advantage for tactical units dealing with today’s real world demands and bolster the mindset to prepare for the future expectations of tactical law enforcement. It offers an informative way to stay on top of professional collaboration opportunities and be aware of the goals and objectives of CATO.


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