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.

Leading Up

November 27th, 2020

In this episode, Bent and Marcus try a little something different. One of the more popular questions throughout the state from new Team Leaders and Watch Commanders is how to take newfound information back to their teams and lead up and down the chain of command.  This is such a prevalent issue throughout our profession that Brent passes out a pdf of the chapter in Extreme Ownership to new leaders at his department.  Noted author and previous podcast guest Jack Enter also address this issue in his book.  So today Brent and I discuss leading up and down the chain of command and hopefully provide a little direction and tools for those of you who looking for it. 

Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization with Jack Enter

November 13th, 2020

Our newest podcast episode is a conversation with Jack Enter, author of 'Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization: Proactive Leadership Strategies.' We discuss what you need to know about inherent leadership problems in law enforcement and how you can fix it or navigate through it.

Jack Enter started his law enforcement career 48 years ago when he worked as a street police officer, detective, vice/narcotics investigator, and an administrator of a law enforcement agency. He was also one of the research associates assigned to planning the security component of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Since obtaining his Ph.D., he serves as a university professor and administrator, and Director of Information and Education for the Governor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. He has also lectured throughout the United States and abroad to such groups as the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Great Britain's New Scotland Yard, and the Moscow Police Command College. In 2019, Jack Enter was a speaker at CATO's annual training conference.

Envisioning the End State

October 30th, 2020

John Stanley served with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for 32 years. During his career, he taught non-lethal weapons, squad and riot control tactics, served as a member of TASER International’s (now Axon) correctional board of instructors, as a Senior Master Instructor, and lead instructor for the LASD Custody Incident Command School. Stanley is also an award-winning historian, authoring over 80 articles on law enforcement tactics and history, 530 biographical sketches on the peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty serving the people of Los Angeles County, one novel, and a regular column called ‘From the Archives’ for CATO News magazine. He has recently worked as a consultant on Custody Use of Force cases and as a reader for Sid Heal’s book Concepts of Nonlethal Force. Stanley continues to teach Tactical Science courses in California and around the US for the company Field Command.

Concepts of Non Lethal Force with Sid Heal Part 2 of 2

October 18th, 2020

Sponsored by  National Training Concepts

 

In this episode, Marcus Sprague of CATO sits down with a legend in law enforcement, Sid Heal, to discuss his new book Concepts of Nonlethal Force. With decades of experience in the military and law enforcement, Sid is a bit of a mad scientist and has authored several outstanding books, most notably Field Command and Sound Doctrine. He is one of the three founders of Field Command - the creators of Tactical Science - a 40 hr class that distills the principles of conflict management taught at war college into meaningful and practical applications for law enforcement. Sid is also the former president of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and recently retired as president from the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO).

 

This podcast episode is part 2 of the longest one we have recorded to date. There is a lot of content here, so hang on. Sid’s new book is a textbook for anyone who needs to understand less-lethal options, why we use them, and what their limitations are. We cover a gamut of tactical principles, including how less-lethal options effectiveness are measured and how you can successfully navigate and articulate your decisions and explain the often-graphic outcomes from those decisions.

 

You can pre-order Sid's new book Concepts of Nonlethal Force: Understanding Force from Shouting to Shooting on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I hope you get as much out of this one as I did. 

Enjoy the show!

Concepts of Non Lethal Force with Sid Heal Part 1 of 2

October 2nd, 2020

In this episode, Marcus Sprague of CATO sits down with a legend in law enforcement, Sid Heal, to discuss his new book Concepts of Nonlethal Force. With decades of experience in the military and law enforcement, Sid is a bit of a mad scientist and has authored several outstanding books, most notably Field Command and Sound Doctrine. He is one of the three founders of Field Command - the creators of Tactical Science - a 40 hr class that distills the principles of conflict management taught at war college into meaningful and practical applications for law enforcement. Sid is also the former president of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and recently retired as president from the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO).

 

This podcast episode is the longest one we have recorded to date. There is a lot of content here, so hang on. Sid’s new book is a textbook for anyone who needs to understand less-lethal options, why we use them, and what their limitations are. We cover a gamut of tactical principles, including how less-lethal options effectiveness are measured and how you can successfully navigate and articulate your decisions and explain the often-graphic outcomes from those decisions.

 

I hope you get as much out of this one as I did. 

Enjoy the show!

Culture Centric Leadership-Jon Becker

September 18th, 2020

How culture is a force multiplier for your tactical team and organizations.

Brent and Marcus from CATO interview Aardvark CEO Jon Becker. Jon is part philosopher, part warrior, and fully committed to excellence in his personal and professional life. He has presented his philosophy on leadership to CATO's Strategic Leadership Program and at our annual CATO Conference, and written articles on it for CATO's magazine and other publications. In this podcast, Jon discusses lessons learned from tactical legends that he applies to his business model. Specifically, what people look for in a leader, how to create the right culture for your team, and how seeking strong personalities for your team is the key to success.

Jon can be reached at: JBecker@aardvarktactical.com

www.aardvarktactical.com

Finding Hope in History - Mike Wood

September 4th, 2020

Brent and Marcus sit down with Mike Wood and discuss how history can provide understanding and hope for the challenges that law enforcement faces today. They discuss the similarities and differences between the current protests throughout our nation and those of the late 1960s. Mike is part warrior, historian, author, and philosopher. His historical perspective can provide context and hope for those of us on the line during these tumultuous times.

Mike Wood is the son of a 30-year California Highway Patrolman and the author of Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, the highly-acclaimed study of the 1970 California Highway Patrol gunfight in Newhall, California. Mike is an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, and a retired US Air Force pilot with over 26 years of service. He’s a certified law enforcement firearms instructor in Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle disciplines, serves as a member of the Editorial Board at PoliceOne.com, and has written the “Tactical Analysis” column at PoliceOne.com since 2014. Mike's the Senior Editor at RevolverGuy.com, and has been a featured guest on the Excellence In Training Academy, Firearms Nation, and American Warrior Society podcasts, as well as several radio and television programs. He’s grateful for the opportunity to speak with The CATO Podcast. 

Episode 007-RK Miller Part 2

August 21st, 2020

Part 2 of 2: 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.

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/

Episode 005-RK Miller Part 1

July 17th, 2020

Part 1 of 2: 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.

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