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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

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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

    Episode 041: Honor Hike Foundation And Why We Should Support This Noble Cause

    Episode 041: Honor Hike Foundation And Why We Should Support This Noble Cause

    In this episode, Brent and Marcus talk with the founding members of the Honor Hike Foundation. Each year members of this organization hike one mile for every fallen Law Enforcement Officer from around the country, creating a moving memorial. The foundation also supports the officers' families and their agencies. The Honor Hike Foundation was created by a group of active and reserve law enforcement officers and during the hike the participant carries only the gear they need to survive, a Thin Blue Line American Flag, and dog tags made in honor of each fallen officer. This year several CATO members joined the hike along the Appalachian Trail and carried dog tags in remembrance of Deputy Sheriff Phillip Jesse Campas from Kern County Sheriff's Office, who was killed 7/25/21 and Detective Luca Pietro Benedetti from San Luis Obispo Police Department, who was killed 5/10/21. 

     

    To learn more about this noble cause and to show your support visit their website honorhikefoundation.org and donate what you can. 

    • 19 min
    Episode 040 - Swans, Rhinos, and Gordon Graham

    Episode 040 - Swans, Rhinos, and Gordon Graham

    For this exciting podcast, Marcus is joined by CATO board member and training cadre member, Sergeant Kristofer Jenny, and Travis Norton, a southern California lieutenant. The three sit down with the infamous Gordon Graham to discuss Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and what you can do now to impact your team, your agency, and our profession. Graham, a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and the co-founder of Lexipol, is also a risk management expert and a practicing attorney. He packs the conversation with real takeaways you can use today to improve your decision-making and avoid the next Gray Rhino!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 039 - Sound Doctrine Chapter 2: Crisis and Conflict

    Episode 039 - Sound Doctrine Chapter 2: Crisis and Conflict

    In this episode of the CATO podcast, Brent and Marcus sit down with CATO's Demonstration Response Chair, Adam Sharki, and CATO Training Cadre member, Kris Jenny, to discuss Chapter 2 of the Sound Doctrine, Crisis and Conflict. The group discusses the definition of a crisis, the five characteristics present in all crises and why you should be able to explain them to those you serve with, your superiors, and potentially a jury. The group also discusses how to apply these principles in day-to-day operations.  

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 038 - Blast Analytics and Your Brain

    Episode 038 - Blast Analytics and Your Brain

    Neuroscientist Dr. James Engall, co-founder and President of Blast Analytics and Mitigation Inc., sits down with Brent and me to discuss the results of BAam360's research and mitigation with the Navy Seals, how they are bringing about awareness and mitigation strategies related to blast exposure in the military, and why it led them to develop Operations Blue Shield where they leverage their knowledge to help the law enforcement community.


    There are a lot of layers to these issues, and the circles these folks travel in continue to overlap with CATO. We can foresee this becoming a partnership that can help mitigate these types of risks for those in our profession. For the record, James Engall is a doctor, and we are talking about medical issues, so if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed, please seek medical help and talk to your doctor.


    We will be posting additional information on the website and in the show notes. As always, I hope you enjoy the show and see the value in the work these folks have done with the military and how it can save law enforcement lives.


     


    Operation Blue Shield Promo


    US NAVY Brain Health


    Frank's PSA


    GOFUNDME: Operation Blue Shield Campaign


    GOFUNDME: LEO Concussion Prevention Program

    • 59 min
    Episode 037 - AB481 Military Equipment Legislation for California

    Episode 037 - AB481 Military Equipment Legislation for California

    Marcus and Brent sit down with a panel of experts to discuss California Assembly AB481, affectionately known as the Military Equipment Bill. Panel members have spoken with the folks from Lexipol as well as other attorneys and experts throughout the state and come together to discuss the major components of the law, including some of the poorly written and unclear portions. The group also offers suggestions on the intent of the law and what you can do to ensure you and your agency remain in compliance. While this group does represent a variety of experience and expertise, and they have vetted their opinions with several legal experts, you should consult your agency's legal team for their interpretation of the law.


    Panel members include CATO President Brent Stratton, who serves as an Assistant Chief in the Central Valley with a background in the tactical teams, internal affairs, and DOJ oversight. Panel member Adam Sharki is a Lieutenant for one of the largest cities in Southern California and has a variety of experiences at his agency and serves as our Demonstration Response Chair. Panel Member Kris Jenny is a Sergeant at a small to medium size agency in Northern California and is charged with the AB481 compliance for his agency. Kris is an SLP2 graduate, a member of the teaching cadre, and was recently appointed to the CATO Board of Directors. Travis Norton is a Lieutenant in Southern California who is a lethal force expert and chairs the CATO After Action Review Team.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 036 - An Introduction to the Book ’Sound Doctrine’ and Why You Need to Read this Book and What It Can Do For You

    Episode 036 - An Introduction to the Book ’Sound Doctrine’ and Why You Need to Read this Book and What It Can Do For You

    Brent Stratton, Marcus Sprage and Adam Sharki discuss Sid Heal's book, 'Sound Doctrine'. They discuss what they like about the book and why they feel it should be the cornerstone for the foundation of tactical learning. This will be the first of several episodes that break down 'Sound Doctrine' and how you can apply it to resolve today's tactical problems.
     

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Branfrancisco ,

High Praise For The CATO Podcast Episode 036 Sound Doctrine

Much appreciation for the enlightening discussion on Sound Doctrine. I’m hoping you’ll be able to record a couple more segments on the book, there’s so much to to discuss!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Chapter 5-specifically-The Nine Principles. And we can’t have a discussion like this without The End State.

I only wish I had read SD earlier in my career. The CATO podcast and Commander Heal’s book(s) have been intrinsic in providing me with a better understanding of the tactical environment and how I can safely operate within the mechanism.

Thanks guys, Great Podcast, keep em coming.

Bstratt14 ,

Great podcast

I learn something from every episode that I can apply in my every day life. That’s the beauty of speaking about principles and their application. Keep em coming!

RegularGuyTactical ,

Great subject..

Touched on a variety of important aspects of not only responding to an active shooter but the dynamics of a SWAT team. Break downs in communication 99% of the time are the results of a failed operation. Not spending enough time examining lessons learned. These problems
are different in nature but have been responded to before and we should be able to recognize that and properly prepare for them. Like I said, great talking points, good commentators, keep it coming!

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