CATO created an Awards Program to identify and recognize outstanding performance by individuals and Special Weapons Teams. this year’s ceremony is sponsored by first tactical and will be held Tuesday night (Dec. 3rd) at the annual CATO Training Conference in San Diego, California. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED VIA THE BELOW LINK THROUGH OCTOBER 4th, 2019.
This year, we are introducing a new category. The Award of Valor is awarded to the tactical officer(s) who distinguish themselves by conspicuous bravery or acts displaying extreme courage during a tactical incident.
YES – IT TAKES A LITTLE TIME AND EFFORT TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION BUT THE “REWARD” AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR DOING A GOOD JOB IS always appreciated.

Below is a list of the awards:

Award of Valor

The Award of Valor is awarded to the tactical officer(s) who distinguish themselves by conspicuous bravery or acts displaying extreme courage during a tactical incident.

Chief or Sheriff of the Year

CATO is looking to identify the Police Chief or Sheriff who has done the most to support her or his SWAT Team.

Special Weapons Team of the Year

CATO will identify California’s outstanding SWAT Team based on an operation and/or commitment by a team to do the best possible job through training real world operations and team work.

SWAT Officer of the Year

CATO will bestow its “SWAT Officer of the Year Award” to the SWAT Officer, deputy, or supervisor most deserving of this honor for a contribution(s) during an operation(s) or ongoing support for the betterment of her/his team.

Who’s made a difference?

Please make your nomination(s) to CATO as soon as possible so that appropriate consideration can be given to each candidate and allow sufficient time for selected recipients to make arrangements to attend the dinner. It’s up to you. Let CATO know what you think!!

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!
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