December 2-5, 2019

San Diego, CA

Join us at the California Association of Tactical Officers’ annual conference in San Diego! This year’s conference includes debriefs, practical application tracts, a maritime orientation course, presentations on topical issues, and certification courses. CATO’s annual conference has been completely overhauled, starting with a brand new location at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, located right on the waterfront. We’ve also changed the format and flow, focusing on smaller, more intimate groups, facilitating better interactions between presenters and students. Along with smaller class sizes, there will be 2 and 4-hour classroom presentations set up for maximum benefit, and a shoot house for prac app tracts. Presentations will be conducted multiple times throughout the conference, reducing scheduling conflicts and giving attendees the opportunity to select presentations they wish to attend and schedule/coordinate it with their respective teammates.

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Alex West (US Navy – SEAL ret.)

DEBRIEFS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

2019 Henry Pratt Active Shooter Aurora, IL
On 15FEB19 at approximately 1330hrs, an employee brought a handgun to his termination meeting. After fatally shooting five co-workers and critically wounding another, he set up ambush points and waited for responding officers. The initial responding officers were fired upon by the offender, five of which were struck by gunfire. Additional responding officers made entry into the building, extracted an officer that was shot inside the building, and began to clear the 290,000 square-foot structure. Approximately 90 minutes after the beginning of the incident, the offender was located in his final ambush position and the threat was terminated during a gunfight with officers.

Speaker: Rick Robertson
Rick Robertson is a lieutenant with the Aurora (IL) Police Department. He began his career with APD in 1993. Rick has worked in Uniformed Patrol, Training, Intel and the Special Operations Group (Gang and Drug Unit). He has been a member of the Department’s Special Response Team since 1995, where he has served as an operator, sniper, team leader and is currently the team commander.

2018 Colorado Springs PD Hostage Rescue
In March of 2018, the Colorado Springs Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit assisted a federal task force who had located a felony suspect at a hotel room. Upon contact the armed suspect barricaded and took a hostage and threatened her life. Negotiations were used along with several tactical options, to include a vehicle delivery. Eventually a deliberate entry was determined to be the best option for the resolution.

Speaker: Robert Wolf
Sgt. Robert Wolf started his career with the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992. He worked in the Patrol Division for 5 years and then transferred to the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Unit and worked on a street level narcotics investigations In 2000 Sgt. Wolf joined the full time Tactical Enforcement Unit as an operator and remained there until 2014 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In October of 2015 he returned as the supervisor of the unit and has been assigned there since that time. During his tenure with CSPD Sgt. Wolf has instructed firearms, Less Lethal, driving, Patrol response to Active Shooter, room clearing, HRT, basic SWAT School and various other topics. Sgt. Wolf has been teaching with NTOA since 2007 and has instructed Patrol Response to Active Shooter, Basic and Advanced SWAT and Hostage Rescue.

2018 Orange County Sheriff’s Hostage Rescue
This debrief will cover a hostage rescue call which occurred in the unincorporated area of Anaheim, California. This call utilized numerous resources from with the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB). Interoperability with the Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) Team, Hazardous Devices Section (HDS), Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), and K9’s was the reason this call ended with a successful resolution. An armed female, who had brandished her weapon towards patrol did not want to be evicted from her apartment and used her 10 year old son as a pond. She had an extensive criminal history and a history of mental health issues. An explosive breach followed by a deliberate assault lead to a safe resolution and recovery of the 10 year old child.

Speaker: Shaun Riley
Deputy Shaun Riley joined the United States Marine Corps in July of 1996 serving for 8.5 years. While in the USMC he served with various Infantry and security units. Some of these units included the Marine Security Company Camp David, 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, Embassy Duty and finished his military carrier with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines as a squad leader in Ramadi Iraq. Some of the formal schools attended while in the Marine Corps include CQB, Helicopter Rope Suspension, Jungle Warfare and Machine Gun Leaders course. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps he joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in June of 2005. Since becoming an OCSD Deputy Shaun has worked various assignments including custody and patrol. In 2008 Shaun was selected on to the OCSD SWAT team on a collateral basis and served that way until October of 2014 when he moved to SWAT fulltime. Shaun has been the (Blue Team) leader since June of 2014. Some of the formal trainings he has attended include, Basic SWAT, High Risk Search Warrants, FBI Firearms instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Chemical Agent Instructor, Light Sound Diversionary Device Instructor, Rapid Deployment Instructor and is a primary instructor for the OCSD SWAT school.

2017 Sacramento Deputy Bob French 999
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Detail will be providing a debrief of the fatal shooting of Deputy Robert French and the ensuing tactical responses to the vehicle pursuit and the Ramada Inn. The presentation will include video footage as well as lessons learned and tactical considerations to be passed along to attending law enforcement personnel.

Speaker: Ian Carver
Sgt. Ian Carver has been in law enforcement for over 22 years having started his career in the Field Operations bureau of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office where he worked as an FTO, in street level narcotics investigations, and as a member of the SWAT Team. Sgt. Carver transferred to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office in 2002 and worked briefly at the Main Jail, before moving to Northwest Division and then Regional Transit Police Services. Shortly thereafter, Sgt. Carver was selected to the SSD K9 Detail and spent 6 years as a K9 handler prior to being selected as a member of the Special Enforcement Detail, the department’s full-time SWAT team in 2010. After being promoted in 2014, Sgt. Carver returned to corrections, then to North Patrol Division, and then back to SED as one of the Team Leaders. Together with his partner, Sgt. Carver oversees SED’s daily operations and over 150 tactical operations per year utilizing knowledge and tactics from gained from numerous incidents, outside agencies, and time spent in the Middle East training with Israeli counter-terrorism units. Sgt. Carver has been the recipient of two Silver Stars, three Major Incident awards, two Lifesaving medals, and two Unit Citations during his time in K9 and SED for various operations and incidents. Sgt. Carver is the proctor and an instructor for the 80-hour SSO SWAT School and other training events for SSD and outside agencies. Sgt. Carver is a regular contributor to the CATO Magazine as a health and fitness consultant and has recently joined the CATO instructional cadre for the Team Leader courses. Outside of work, Sgt. Carver has owned CrossFit Centurion for the past 11 years, and spends his free time training BJJ, and travelling with his wife and two boys.

2017 Seal Beach Hostage/Barricade with LE
How did the Seal Beach Police Department and West County SWAT Team respond to an unknown trouble incident on July 16, 2017, in Seal Beach, California? Like any other call for service… That is until they learned the suspect in this case was the City of Los Alamitos, California, Police Department’s Operations Captain. Expectedly, this case still shocks the conscience of most law enforcement officers and government professionals, as the victim, Amanda Jensen, the City of Westminster City Clerk, was senselessly murdered by him before turning the gun on himself. This brief is complete with the rawest tactical leadership lessons learned, both good and bad, from the West County SWAT Commanders.

Speaker: Phil Gonshak
Commander Phil Gonshak started his career with the Tempe, Arizona Police Department and later lateraled to the Seal Beach Police Department. Throughout his 20 year law enforcement career, he has worked a number of assignments including Patrol, Special Investigations Bureau, SWAT, Narcotics, Professional Standards, and Intelligence. In December 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Bureau Commander where he now oversees all Police Department Operations. Commander Gonshak possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as a Masters Degree in Public Administration, both from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Furthermore, he is a graduate of FBI National Academy Class #260. In his spare time, Commander Gonshak enjoys being an Adjunct Professor teaching Public Administration at CSULB and spending time with his wife, three daughters and grandson. In closing, Commander Gonshak has a combined 15 years of SWAT experience with both the Tempe SWAT and West County SWAT Teams – where he has served in a number of capacities; including, Entry Team Member, Sniper, CNT, and now the West County SWAT Team Commander.

2016 Marcus Schumacher Domestic Incident
In February 2016, Fargo Police Department officers responded to a domestic disturbance incident during which shots had been fired. As patrol responded and began to set up a perimeter, suspect Marcus Schumacher fired rounds from inside his residence, killing Officer Jason Moszer while he was getting into his perimeter position. This debrief will discuss the patrol response, the murder of Officer Jason Moszer and the ensuing SWAT Team response and resolution. The presentation will include audio from phone calls with Schumacher, squad car video, radio traffic, and discussion of the tactics used to bring the incident to a conclusion.

Speaker 1: William Ahlfeldt
Lt. William Ahlfeldt has been with the Fargo Police Department since 2001, serving as a patrol officer, police training officer, personal and property crimes detective, narcotics detective, patrol sergeant and sergeant of the Office of Professional Standards. He instructed firearms for eight years, was a member of the police department’s PACT Team for 12 years, was part of the Police Training Officer Program for 11 years and has been a member of the Red River Valley SWAT team for 14 years. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 2015. Lt. Ahlfeldt is currently assigned to the patrol division as the District 4 Patrol Commander and oversees the department’s CTO, CIT and SWAT programs. He has been the commander of the Red River Valley SWAT Team since 2015. During his time with the team, he has been an entry operator and tactical team leader. He also instructs firearms and tactics training for the team.
Speaker 2: Matt Christensen
Sgt. Matt Christensen has been employed with the Fargo Police Department since December of 2002. During his time with the Police Department, he has worked as a patrol officer, a Training Officer, Narcotics Detective, DEA Task Force Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Crisis Intervention Team Officer and a Patrol Sergeant. Sgt. Christensen also is an EVOC and Firearms instructor for the department. In January of 2016 he was selected to become the Supervisor in charge of the Fargo Police Department Narcotics Unit which is the role he currently holds. In 2010 Sgt. Christensen was selected to join the Red River Valley SWAT Team. Sgt. Christensen was on the entry team for 4 ½ years as a breacher. In June of 2014, Sgt. Christensen was selected to move from the SWAT entry team to the Sniper Team to become the eventual Team Leader. In May of 2015 Sgt. Christensen took over the Team Leader duties for the Sniper Element within the Red River Valley SWAT Team and is currently the Sniper Team Leader. Sgt. Christensen also assists with instructing Firearms and Tactics for the team.

2016 Pulse Nightclub Attack–3 Years Later
The Pulse Nightclub Attack was a terror motivated shooting event that occurred at a nightclub in Orlando Florida on June 12th 2016 where 49 people were murdered. Presenters will provide a short tactical debrief outlining the SWAT response, followed by a discussion of lessons learned. Topics covered will include equipment and capability changes, along with a focus on team mental health and individual operator wellbeing in the months and years to follow.

Speaker 1: Charles “Cary” Holmes
Sergeant Charles “Cary Holmes has been a Police Officer with the Orlando Police Department for 13 years. Assignments as an Officer included Patrol Services, Patrol Tactical Anti-Crime Unit and Narcotics. After Promotion to Sergeant, Cary has supervised a Patrol squad, Downtown Bicycle Unit and is currently assigned as a Narcotics Section Supervisor in a multi-jurisdictional task force, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation. A member of the SWAT Team for 7 years, Cary has held the position of assaulter, scout and is currently a team leader and lead breacher.
Speaker 2: Jonathan Cute
Detective Jon Cute has been a Police Officer with the Orlando Police Department for over 18 years. Assignments as an Officer include Patrol Services, Drug Enforcement Division, Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation Drug Task Force, F.B.I Safe Streets Task Force, and the United Stated Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. Detective Cute is currently assigned to the Departments Intelligence Division. A member of the SWAT Team for 15 years, Jon has holds the position of assaulter, and is also the SWAT Teams Training Coordinator.

2014 Stockton Bank Robbery, Mobile Hostage
This presentation is a tactical debrief of the July 16, 2014 incident that began as an armed robbery of the Bank of the West at 7810 Thornton Road, Stockton California. The robbery escalated into a hostage situation, vehicle pursuit and officer involved shooting. One victim/hostage and two suspects were killed during the incident. The debrief includes video recordings and radio traffic of parts of the incident. Challenges encountered and lessons learned in areas including tactics, equipment, training, deployment, command and control and post incident response will be discussed.

Speaker: Ivan Rose
Captain Ivan Rose has worked at the Stockton Police Department twenty-four years. During that time, he has had the opportunity to work several assignments including SWAT. During his twenty years on the team he served as an operator, team leader and commander. He was performing in that capacity during the incident being debriefed.

2019 SEB Debrief

2018 Travel Star Inn Hostage Rescue

2018 “D” Platoon Debrief

2013 The Bunker Hostage Crisis–FBI

2012 Sniper Initiated Hostage Rescue

PRESENTATIONS

10 Steps to K9 Integration
“10 Steps to K9 Integration” provides a road map to assist tactical teams currently incorporating police service dogs into their operations on a part-time basis or contemplating doing so in the near future by presenting ten steps to achieve successful program implementation. The presentation will offer recommendations to consider as a step-by-step process to assist decision making from “initial considerations to integrate” through deployment planning to include a few of these topics; Team Commitment, Admin Support, Selection Process, Equipment, Orientation, and Training. The instructor is Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) who is a former K9 handler and K9 supervisor and served on SWAT for over 25 years to include 18 years as a Team Leader. Sergeant Lewis directly supervised the training, integration and deployments of his K9 teams with SWAT and has served as an instructor for the integration process for the past 19 years.

Speaker: Bill Lewis
Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) has over 40 years of law enforcement and instructor experience, retiring from the Oxnard (CA) Police Department after serving over 27 years. He was a K9 handler, K9 supervisor, and served on SWAT for over 25 years as a tactical operator and Team Leader. He is an expert K9 witness, published author, certifying official for CNCA/CA POST, Board Member for the California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA), and former Director for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). Sergeant Lewis is the owner of Training and Consulting Team, LLC (“TAC Team”) and serves as the primary facilitator for TacticalK9USA.com.

Tactical Surveillance Teams, the Vehicle Containment
This 4-hour course will serve as an introduction to three tactical surveillance concepts. More specifically, the instructors will briefly discuss the personnel, equipment, and training necessary to establish a tactical surveillance element in your agency. Second, they will discuss the deployment of the Vehicle Containment Technique (VCT) using undercover surveillance vehicles including the criteria to deploy, the build-up to the actual event, as well as several variations of the VCT. Finally, the instructors will discuss the Vehicle Rescue, a Hostage Rescue Technique (HRT) on a vehicle using plain clothes operators under exigent circumstances.

Speaker 1: Corbin Rheault
Detective III Corbin Rheault is a 24 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. For the past 10 years he has served as a tactical surveillance officer in the Special Investigation Section (SIS) – 2 years as a supervisor and 8 years as an operator. At SIS, he serves as a field supervisor and a primary firearms and tactics instructor. Some of his prior assignments include patrol sergeant in Pacific Area, detective in Robbery-Homicide Division – Homicide Special Section, detective in Force Investigation Division (officer-involved shooting team), Newton Area CRASH (gang unit), and patrol in Southwest and Newton Areas. He is a CA POST certified handgun, shotgun, rifle, and force option simulator instructor and teaches vehicle blocking maneuvers and surveillance throughout the country.
Speaker 2: Rob Berke
Detective III Robb Berke is a 24 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. For the past 7 years he has served as a tactical surveillance officer in the Special Investigation Section (SIS) – 2 years as a supervisor and 5 years as an operator. At SIS, he serves as a field supervisor as well as the supervisor in charge of case selection and development. Some of his prior assignments include Officer-in-Charge of an FBI Safe Streets Task Force, patrol and specialized unit sergeant in Southwest Area, robbery and gang detective in Wilshire Area, gang officer in Central and Operations Central Bureau CRASH, and patrol in Southeast and Central Areas.

SWAT Team Audits
A Tactical Team independent audit is defined as an examination of practices, personnel, equipment, documents and other aspects by professionals from outside the agency. This two hour course will discuss in general terms the audit concept and provide generic examples from past Tactical Team audits. Such audits are conducted with the aim of ensuring proper operation while providing specific recommendations for improvement.

Leadership Lessons: Learned A Conversation with Sheriff John Turner
Leadership Lessons Learned; A Conversation with Sheriff John Turner is simply that; an informal conversation with recently retired Sheriff John Turner and the lessons he has learned over more than three decades of observation, trials, challenges, successes, and failures. John breaks down these leadership principles into bite sized pieces that can be easily digested, discussed, and applied to be a more effective leader at any level of an organization. Ours is a noble profession. Our communities and the men and women who serve them are worthy of ethical, effective leaders. This conversation, including the use of relevant videos, strives to impart empowering leadership principles to others so they may lead effectively from where they’re at.

Speaker: John Turner
John Turner began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Subsequently, he joined and is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. John then served as an attorney whose sole practice was the representation of law enforcement, has been the managing partner of a small estate vineyard and winery project, and served in Iraq as a counter-terrorism investigator embedded within US Army combat units where he worked on anti-terrorism targeting and rule of law programs. John was elected in 2010 as the Sheriff of Walla Walla County in Washington State and served two terms before choosing to retire in December of 2018. While Sheriff, he also served as a Criminal Justice Training Commission state commissioner (Washington’s equivalent to Cal POST), and as an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs. Since June of 2018, John has taught as an FBI-LEEDA instructor teaching Supervisor Leadership, Command Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Internal Affairs/Use of Force/OIS investigations across the United States. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Delinquency Control Institute graduate certificate from USC, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He also is an FBI/CJTC Pacific Northwest Command College graduate and an FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award recipient. John is honored to serve POST Region 9 as its Senior Regional Consultant. His goal is to provide outstanding service and partnership in order for agencies to continually enhance their professionalism and safety so they may better serve their communities.

Walking the Narrow Road of Leadership
Today’s professional and personal responsibilities are likely some of the most demanding in history. We are working more hours, having less time with our family and friends and seem to live life at a pace that is often frantic and unfulfilling. Very few people seem to be able to make life work – and so live their life on the wide road of mediocrity. Personnel and staff complain about most of their supervisors being ineffective and inconsistent, yet these same individuals are promoted and get accused of the same things by their subordinates. Most personnel in the law enforcement agencies seem frustrated and often finish their careers with little or no satisfaction. Most managers spend their careers showing little consistency in demonstrating leadership skills – in spite of attending more leadership training programs than their predecessors. Unfortunately, their personal lives don’t seem to fare much better. Law Enforcement personnel and managers often end up divorced or if not, living a separate and often detached life from their spouse and children. Many are also out-of-shape, in debt, and bored on their off days and vacations. There is a better way – the narrow road of excellence. The focus of this program is to discuss what makes people fail to be effective, and what makes the small percentage fight this tendency towards mediocrity by making a difference in the workplace and their families. The primary focus of the program is to examine what makes some people “abnormal” in their ability to be effective in a workplace culture that seemingly is dominated by ineffectiveness.

Speaker: Jack Enter
Jack Enter has been associated with the field of criminal justice since 1972 when he began his career as a law enforcement officer. Since that time, he has worked as a street police officer, detective, vice/narcotics investigator, and as the administrator of a law enforcement agency in the suburbs of Atlanta. Jack obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 and has served as a professor and administrator in the university setting and served as one of the planners of the security component of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. He published his first book: Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization: Proactive Leadership Strategies in 2006. Jack lives in Auburn, Georgia, with his wife Barbara. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Lessons Learned from Modern Tactical Events

Winning an Armed Encounter

Technique and the Vehicle Rescue

Contemporary SWAT Liability Issues

Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen, authors of “Code Name Johnny Walker”

COURSES

Critical Incident Management*
This course is structured to provide patrol officers, supervisors and other law enforcement personnel with the basic knowledge and skills to manage a variety of critical incidents. Topics include types of critical incidents, decision making, leadership, risk management, tactical considerations, command post operations and learning activities.

(8-hr Certification—Post Approved)
Speaker: RK Miller
R. K. Miller retired from the Huntington Beach (Calif.) Police Department as a lieutenant after 30 years of service in a variety of assignments, including FTO, trauma support, beach detail, detectives, special enforcement unit, SWAT, field supervisor, watch commander, Executive Officer and training manager. He has been on staff for over 20 years as first a Recruit Training Officer and then an instructor at the Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA) Criminal Justice Training Center. In addition to these assignments, he served as officer in charge of that institution’s California POST certified Basic SWAT Academy for over 15 years. He is president of National Training Concepts, Inc. ( www.ntc-swat.org ) providing instructor level training in less lethal, diversionary devices, active shooter response, firearms and courses customized upon agency request. RK has carried out extensive law enforcement training throughout the United States on a wide variety of topics. R K currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). Along with his instructional pursuits, he conducts policy reviews for law enforcement agencies and provides SWAT Team audits and expert witness services focused on litigation challenges to police practices. He graduated “cum laude” from Long Beach State University with a BA in Political Science and is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. R K has been a regular columnist with CATO News for a number of years and prior to that with Law Officer Magazine. His law enforcement career has continued with him now serving as a reserve officer with the Orange Police Department, primarily with that agency’s SWAT team and Training Unit. He may be reached at rkmiller@socal.rr.com .

Mission Planning*
This 8-hour course will focus on a structured approach to the planning process for tactical operations. Students will have the opportunity to plan a tactical mission, organize the information, and present it in an effective manner. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the grouping of information and the manner in which it is presented at briefing. Common liability pitfalls, contingencies and case law will also be addressed.

(8-hr Certification—Post Approved)
Speaker: Matt Alexander
Matt Alexander has over 24 years of law enforcement experience with a California sheriff’s office. He has accumulated over 20 years of SWAT experience in the operator, team leader and commander roles. He holds numerous instructor certifications and currently serves as a CATO instructor.

Preparing to Testify*
Program will provide law enforcement personnel with the knowledge and skills for effective preparation and presentation of testimony in court proceedings and enhance their understanding of the essential elements of professional courtroom testimony. Mock testimony exercises will be conducted. Course Goal: Provide the law enforcement personnel with the knowledge and skills for effective preparation and presentation of testimony in court proceedings and enhance their understanding of the essential elements of professional courtroom testimony..

(8-hr Certification—Not Post Approved)
Speaker: Mildred K. O'Linn
Attorney Mildred (Missy) O’Linn is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience defending law enforcement. She is a Senior Partner and co-team leader of the Police Defense Team with the Los Angeles based law firm of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester. Missy is a member of the distinguished American Board of Trial Advocates and has been repeatedly recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer and as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California. Missy is a former peace officer, FTO, defensive tactics instructor trainer, academy manager, accreditation manager; and served as the Legal and Technical Advisor for the Law Enforcement Television Network. She currently serves on the Legal Affairs Committee and the Professional Development Committee for the Major County Sheriffs of America and the PoliceOne Editorial Advisory Board; and has served on numerous CA POST committees including the LEOKA and LD20 committees. The awards Missy has received include: 2005 Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs Association’s recipient of the Award for Civilian Leadership; 2006 Meritorious Service Award from the City of Gretna, Louisiana Police Department for her assistance to law enforcement in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; 2015 California POST Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training; 2016 induction into Safariland Training Group’s “Monadnock Hall of Fame”.

Interior Uses of Drones*
The Los Angeles RTC Unmanned Aircraft Systems workshop is an intensive flight training exercise that is designed to expose students to the skillsets needed to fly indoors. Students will learn: The skills needed to fly FPV (first person view) Understand and apply techniques for interior operations Operate as direct support for tactical team operations Understand UAV platform limitations and characteristics.

(2 hours)
Speaker 1: Kris Allshouse
Kris Allshouse serves as Executive Director for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center. He is a retired Long Beach Police SWAT Supervisor and California POST Master Instructor. His tactical background as an operator and as an incident commander help provide strategic insight for UAS implementation into tactical operations. Kris speaks across the country on the police application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Speaker 2: Timothy Martin
Timothy Martin is a Police Captain with over 25-year of experience in Law Enforcement. He also works in the photography industry doing both still photograph and videography. Tim is an experienced sUAS remote pilot and has extensive experience in flying diverse UAS platforms. His experience includes indoor flight, night flying, and aerial photography. Tim is currently the UAS program manager for his department and has been involved in the development of the program from the ground up. His law enforcement UAS experience includes policy and UAS procedure manual development, UAS training and Field missions, equipment and team member selections, and FAA waivers. In addition, he is the point of contact for all public drone hobbyists for FAA rules and regulation inquiries.

Tactical Lock Pick*

(8-hr Certification—Not Post Approved)

Tactical Pistol*

(4 hours)

Maritime Orientation*

(2 hours)

PRAC APP TRACTS*

Tactical Medicine 4 Hour Course
Training individual operators to be capable of independently beginning treatment of immediate life threatening injuries in a tactically safe manner, before the arrival of emergency medical personnel. Students will learn the history and background of tactical medicine and understand their responsibilities as LE first responders. Students will be able to identify time critical injuries, top causes of avoidable death and patterns of traumatic injuries. The course also encompasses the operator’s priorities when treating in tactical environments, teaching the student triage concepts utilizing XABCDE / MARCHE.

Hawthorne Police Department

Inflatable Shoot House,* taught by:

  • TUESDAY: LAPD “D” Platoon
  • WEDNESDAY: LASD SEB
  • THURSDAY: Riverside Co. Sheriff’s Department SWAT

Tactical Rope Access Course (TRAC) and TCCC* (4 hours)

This course is designed to dramatically improve skill sets and revolves around these 3 rotations:
  1. TCCC update, patient packaging, hasty harness, equipment demo
  2. Vertical equipment and techniques: descending, tactical entry into descent, belays, meat anchor, triple spine rap webbing escape
  3. Vertical equipment and techniques: knots, anchors, lowering and raising
Certification Courses and Prac App Tracts designated by an asterisk (*) are on a first-come/first-serve basis. To sign up for these courses, you must first register and pay for the conference, and then send an email to CATO’s Director of Training, Phil Myers, at training@catonews.org requesting a spot. Make sure to specify which Course and/or Prac App Tract you want to attend. Seats in these courses are limited. Equipment lists and course details will be provided at that time.
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