Meet the Instructors

Meet the Instructors

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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Jeremy Conkling

Jeremy Conkling has been a CATO instructor since 2016.  Jeremy is currently a Sergeant with the Anchorage Police Department in Anchorage, Alaska.  Jeremy serves as an Explosive Breacher and Chemical Agent Instructor on SWAT.  Jeremy is also the Lead Chemical Agent and Less Lethal Instructor for the Anchorage Police Department and has 10 years of instructor experience.  He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Josh Dafoe

Josh DaFoe has been a CATO instructor and staff member since 2008.  Josh is currently a Sergeant with the San Diego Police Department in charge of the Mass Threat Unit handling all things related to active shooter for the City.  Josh spent 15 years on the SWAT unit including the last 8 as a sniper.  Josh teaches extensively at the basic academy and is the lead instructor for LD35 Chemical Agents, LD23 Crimes in Progress, and Active Shooter.

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Mike Forbes

Mike Forbes has been a CATO instructor and staff member since 2008. Mike is a sergeant with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and is currently assigned to the Narcotic Task Force. His assignments and experience include detentions, patrol, FTO, investigations, and narcotics. In addition to teaching for CATO, Mike teaches subjects including active shooter to in service Sheriff’s personnel.  He also teaches firearms, chemical agents, and other subjects to police academy recruits.  Mike was on the SWAT team for 12 years with assignments including sniper and entry team member. He more than 10 years of instructor experience and currently teaches as part of CATO’s Chemical Agent Instructor Cadre.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego.

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Phil Myers

Phil Myers has been a CATO instructor and staff member since 2008. Phil is a retired sergeant from the Costa Mesa Police Department. His assignments and experience include patrol, FTO, detective bureau, departmental instructor, and command staff adjutant.  Phil served on the SWAT entry team as an operator, ATL, and sergeant. He has 25 plus years instructor experience and currently teaches as part of CATO’s Chemical Agent Instructor Cadre.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Vanguard University. Phil currently serves as a Director of Training for CATO.

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Will Bunk

Will Bunk has been a CATO instructor and staff member since 2012. Will is a 12 year veteran with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. His assignments and experience include; jails, patrol, FTO, Gang Suppression Team, departmental instructor, and SWAT. Will has been part of the SWAT team for 7 years and currently serves on the SWAT entry team as an operator, ATL, chemical agents liaison and Mobile Field Force grenadier. He has 10 plus years instructor experience and currently teaches as part of CATO’s Chemical Agent Instructor Cadre.

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