CATO Podcast

We believe Tactics are a science, and the Art is in how we apply those tactics. Members of the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) interview a variety of guests and discuss lessons learned, the evolution of tactics, and other contemporary issues facing law enforcement.

CATO Podcast Episode 006-Chris Thorp of Operation Enduring Warrior Task Force Sentinel

July 31st, 2020

Marcus and Mitch sit down with Chris Thorp from Operation Enduring Warrior, Task Force Sentinel.  In his former life Chris worked as a medical first responder and spent the majority of his life working as a deputy in the jail.  Chris saw a lot of emotionally and physically wounded members of law enforcement not getting what they needed.  In this episode we discuss how and why Chris dedicated his life to serving the law enforcement community and how Operation Enduring Warrior serves wounded military and law enforcement veterans.  Chris's message is more important today and ever.  For more information on Operation Enduring Warrior check out: https://www.enduringwarrior.org/

CATO Podcast Episode 005-RK Miller

July 17th, 2020

SWAT legend and CATO plank holder RK Miller discusses the importance of independent tactical team audits, what they are and why you should be doing them. RK has been training SWAT officers for over forty years, has conducted a variety of audits, and testifies as an expert defending teams throughout the nation. He is true gentlemen, and some say he conducted the AAR when Moses conducted rural operations and waterborne exercises at the Red Sea.

CATO Podcast Episode 004-Mitch Brouillette

July 6th, 2020

Mitch Brouillette is a Sergeant in Northern California with extensive experience working with schools as a resource officer. In this episode, he will discuss a comprehensive approach to creating and implementing an active shooter program in your community. Mitch will walk us through the steps needed to create a program that meets the needs of students, law enforcement, educators, and parents.

CATO Podcast Episode 003-Alex West

June 18th, 2020

Alex West, a former Navy Seal, sits down with Mitch Brouillette and Toby Darby to discuss a variety of topics and how the lessons he learned serving in the Navy can translate to law enforcement. He also talks about the importance of “Making it to your next meal.” This is a great conversation that demonstrates Alex’s breadth of knowledge and humility with a practical application you can implement today.

CATO Podcast Episode 002-Travis Norton

June 5th, 2020

Oceanside California Lieutenant Travis Norton sits down with Brent Stratton and Marcus Sprague to discuss the common problems we all face during adversarial-based mass casualty incidents, and what we need to learn before it comes to our town. Travis recently completed his Master’s thesis on this topic, and he also teaches for the NTOA throughout the country and shares his experiences traveling throughout the world for the CATO After Action Review project. In this episode, Travis will also debunk some training myths and stresses the importance of principle-based decision-making based upon lessons learned from real-life events.

CATO Podcast Episode 001-Tim Anderson

April 22nd, 2020

Our guest is retired USMC Colonel and LAPD Sergeant Tim Anderson. The idea of an interview with Tim quickly grew into this podcast, so it is only fitting that our first released episode contains an interview with Tim about a key component of his success as a leader in the military and law enforcement. This episode discusses the importance of placing people in the right positions and how we, as leaders, often injure our own when it was us who put the square peg in a round hole.