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.

Promoting up the Ranks with Andy Borrello

March 19th, 2021

In this episode, Marcus sits down with Police Promotion Expert Andy Borrello.  Andy has helped thousands of law enforcement professionals improve their performance during the oral board process.  They discuss what executives are looking for, some of the common pitfalls to avoid, and some key things you can do to separate yourself from other candidates.  Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a generous offer for CATO podcast listeners.  We hope you enjoy the show.

 

www.policepromote.com

Building a Culture of Leadership

March 5th, 2021

Deputy Chief Jessica Nowaski discusses an intentional approach to building a culture of leadership and how making quick decisions can make us great emergency managers but can work against us when developing a culture of leadership.  She discusses some key things you can do right now to improve morale, listen more effectively and improve the culture of your unit, team or organization. 

Running 4 Heroes with Zechariah Cartledge

February 19th, 2021

Marcus interviews Zechariah Cartledge, a young man who started his own non-profit, Running 4 Heroes, to raise awareness and funds for first responders who have fallen in the line of duty. But don't take our word for it, listen to this podcast episode where Zechariah explains why he runs a mile for every first responder lost throughout our nation.  To learn more about Running 4 Heroes, check out their website running4heroes.org.  Please spread the word about their great work and consider supporting this worthy cause.

Police Sniper Response to a Public Venue

February 5th, 2021

CATO Training Cadre member Kris Jenny joins Marcus as they interview Tacflow Academy Instructor Mark Lang. Mark has an extensive amount of experience as a law-enforcement sniper and has trained thousands of snipers throughout the country. We discuss sniper response to public venues, aerial platform operations, and lessons Mark has learned from teaching throughout the country and serving as the sniper chair for the NTOA. You can learn more about Tacflow Academy at tacflow.com.

 

www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/blog/2018/04/16/safety-act

A Conversation with Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen (Part 2)

January 22nd, 2021

Brent and Marcus sit down with retired Navy Seal Command Master Chief Jason Tuschen, and one of the Navy SEALs most sought-after interpreters, Johnny Walker, to talk about their experiences with team building, leadership, brotherhood, and trusting one another during times of extreme duress in combat. Jason's exemplary 27-year career in the military included serving with SEAL Team THREE, Seal Team SEVEN, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, leading the First Phase at BUD/S, and culminated at the Naval Special Warfare Group ONE where, as Command Master Chief, he was responsible for executing National Security Strategy in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Johnny's story is nothing short of heroic and patriotic, detailed is his bestselling book "Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs." While working with the SEALS, he went on thousands of missions and saved many American lives, and for this he received numerous citations and commendations for his work with the Navy SEALs.

A Conversation with Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen (Part 1)

January 8th, 2021

Brent and Marcus sit down with retired Navy Seal Command Master Chief Jason Tuschen, and one of the Navy SEALs most sought-after interpreters, Johnny Walker, to talk about their experiences with team building, leadership, brotherhood, and trusting one another during times of extreme duress in combat. Jason's exemplary 27-year career in the military included serving with SEAL Team THREE, Seal Team SEVEN, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, leading the First Phase at BUD/S, and culminated at the Naval Special Warfare Group ONE where, as Command Master Chief, he was responsible for executing National Security Strategy in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Johnny's story is nothing short of heroic and patriotic, detailed is his bestselling book "Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs." While working with the SEALS, he went on thousands of missions and saved many American lives, and for this he received numerous citations and commendations for his work with the Navy SEALs. Stay tuned for part 2 of this podcast!

Active Shooter Roundtable Discussion

December 11th, 2020
In this episode, Marcus sits down with Travis, John, and Nick to discuss their lessons learned from responding to a variety of active shooter/killer incidents.  They discuss the principles at play during an event as well as things we can do now to prepare decision-makers and the troop to better respond to mass casualty incidents.  

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.

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