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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
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