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President Obama Awards Medal of Valor to 13 Law Enforcement Officers Who Risked Lives to Save Others; Also Calls on Nation to Support Our Men and Women in Uniform

Mission Manager congratulates the 13 police officers who were awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor — the nation’s highest honor for law enforcement that recognizes officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in attempt to protect others from harm.

President Obama recognized the officers yesterday in a formal military presentation at the White House, noting that their service reflects the “highest form of citizenship.”  Obama’s remarks are published on the White House blog and media outlets across the nation.

The recipients ranged from officers who had suffered stab wounds and burn wounds to those who defused hostage situations and prevented campus shootings.

“To a person, each of these honorees acted without regard to their own safety,” Obama said during the ceremony.  “We’re so grateful they were there — some off duty, others on duty, and all rising above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

In his remarks, Obama also called on the nation to support and listen to its law enforcement officers.  “Medals and ceremonies like today are important, but these aren’t enough to convey the true depth of our gratitude. Our words will be hollow if they’re not matched by deeds. So, our nation has a responsibility to support those who serve and protect us.”

He vowed to give law enforcement the tools they need to do their jobs, citing the mission of the President’s newly created police task force. “We can show our respect by listening to you, learning from you, giving you the resources that you need to do your jobs,” Obama continued. “Our country needs that right now.”

The staff at Mission Manager would also like to thank every man and woman who puts on a uniform every day to serve and protect. The 13 recipients of the Medal of Valor are a testament to the true character and bravery of our first responders. They did not seek recognition; instead they put themselves in harm’s way so that others may live.

One officer was honored posthumously —  fallen Sergeant Robert Wilson III of the Philadelphia Police Department, who gave his life to protect innocent civilians. Sergeant Wilson put himself in harm’s way during an armed robbery, drawing fire from the assailants and suffering a mortal wound as he kept store employees and customers safe.

The other officers who received the Medal of Valor for their courageous actions between 2013-2015 include:

  • Officer Gregory Stevens (Garland Police Department, TX) for demonstrating extraordinary courage to save lives. Officer Stevens exchanged gunfire at close range and subdued two heavily-armed assailants preventing a mass shooting.
  • Officer Niel Johnson (North Miami Police Department, FL) for swift and valorous action to end a violent crime spree. Officer Johnson pursued a man who had shot a Miami police officer and two other innocent bystanders, withstanding fire from an assault weapon, and apprehended the assailant.
  • Special Agent Tyler Call (Federal Bureau of Investigation) for his heroic actions to save a hostage. Special Agent Call, who was off duty with his family, helped rescue a woman from her ex-husband who had violated a restraining order and held the victim at gunpoint.
  • Deputy Joey Tortorella (Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, NY) for placing himself in grave danger to protect his community. Deputy Tortorella confronted and subdued a volatile gunman who had shot and wounded his parents inside their home and by doing so prevented the gunman from threatening the safety of students at a nearby elementary school.
  • Officer Mario Gutierrez (Miami-Dade Police Department, FL) for bravery and composure while enduring a violent attack. Officer Gutierrez sustained multiple stab wounds while subduing a knife-wielding assailant who attempted to set off a massive gas explosion that could have resulted in multiple fatalities.
  • Patrolman Louis Cioci (Johnson City Police Department, NY) for courageously resolving a volatile encounter with a gunman. After witnessing the murder of his fellow officer, Patrolman Cioci pursued and apprehended the gunman at a crowded hospital, thereby saving the lives of employees, patients, and visitors.
  • Officers Jason Salas and Robert Sparks (Santa Monica Police Department, CA), and Captain Raymond Bottenfield (Santa Monica College Police Department, CA) for courage and composure in ending a deadly rampage. Officer Salas, Officer Sparks, and Captain Bottenfield placed themselves in mortal danger to save the lives of students and staff during a school shooting on the busy campus of Santa Monica College.
  • Major David Huff (Midwest City Police Department, OK) for uncommon poise in resolving a dangerous hostage situation. Major Huff saved the life of a two-year-old girl after negotiations deteriorated with a man holding the child captive at knife point.
  • Officer Donald Thompson (Los Angeles Police Department, CA) for courageous action to save an accident victim. While off-duty, Officer Thompson traversed two freeway dividers and endured first- and second-degree burns while pulling an unconscious man to safety from a car moments before it became engulfed in flames.
  • Officer Coral Walker (Omaha Police Department, NE) for taking brave and decisive action to subdue an active shooter. After exchanging gunfire, Officer Walker single-handedly incapacitated a man who had killed and injured multiple victims on a shooting spree.

‘Campus Carry’ Bill Sparks Heated Debate as Governors in Tennessee and Georgia Take Different Approaches to Gun Control and Access on College Campuses

The debate over gun control and access on college campuses was at an all-time high as a “Campus Carry” bill was passed into law in Tennessee on May 2 but rejected in Georgia the very next day.  In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam let the controversial bill become law, but his counterpart in Georgia took the opposite approach. The bills were proposed in several states following the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, in which a 28-year-old student fatally shot an assistant professor and killed eight classmates on October 2015.

In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the state’s proposed bill, HB 859, rejecting the argument that guns would make colleges safer. The measure would have allowed anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun on college campuses – except for dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses and athletic events, according to a CNN report.  The Republican governor asked the General Assembly to exempt on-campus day care centers, university disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices, but the assembly  failed to address his requests.

“If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result,” Deal said in a statement. “From the early days of our nation utsa-students-react-to-open-campus-carry-bills-0_kukow005_99808_ver1.0_1280_720and state, colleges have been treated as sanctuaries of learning where firearms have not been allowed. To depart from such time honored protections should require overwhelming justification. I do not find that such justification exists.”

The Tennessee Law

In Tennessee, the SB 2376 Campus Carry bill allows full-time employees to bring concealed handguns on campus, but forbids students from carrying guns.   The employees must notify law enforcement beforehand and possess a concealed carry permit, according to the Washington Post. Handguns are also banned in stadiums, gymnasiums, hospitals and meetings discussing disciplinary or tenure issues.

“I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year,” Gov. Haslam wrote in a letter to the House and Senate Speaker. “Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns.”

Campus Safety Magazine reported that the bill was opposed by many members of the higher education community Tennessee, with some employees threatening to leave their jobs if it passed. At the University of Tennessee, faculty President Bruce MacLennan conducted a poll and found that 87 percent of faculty strongly disagreed that “allowing guns on campus is in the best interest of the campus community.”

Tennessee joins eight other states that now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The other states are: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

The Debate Over Campus Carry Laws

Those in support of Campus Carry laws say citizens have a right to defend themselves against deadly force and potentially save lives – especially during a mass shooting when every second counts – coupled by the inability of police to be immediately at the scene of the crime.

remoteOpponents believe that allowing concealed weapons on campus could create a false sense of security, may result in unintended shootings/killings, and potentially opens the college to significant liability. They also argue that concealed-carry permits offer no assurance that the holder is conscientious and responsible about firearms safety and training.

Such is the opinion of self-proclaimed “gun guy,” Lt. John Weinstein, an active shooter response trainer who is responsible for teaching tactics to patrol officers. In the Campus Safety article, “Should we allow CCP Holders to Carry Guns on Campus? 11 Reservation of a ‘Gun Guy,” Lt. Weinstein addresses many concerns regarding carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) on campus.

Although he was inclined to support Campus Carry laws, Lt. Weinstein believed that armed citizens, including those with military training, may not be well prepared to use a firearm in a life and death situation.

In the article, he wrote:  “I came to the conclusion that the possession of a CCP and even firearms training received by many in the military do not ensure the ability to appropriately use firearms to protect life and limb in a college setting.

“This is not to say there aren’t many serious and capable CCP holders who have adequate training. The point is there is no assessment protocol, short of having colleges and universities assess individual CCP citizens,” he said.

Strong supporters of the Campus Carry Laws include the national grassroots organization, Students for Concealed Carry – a special-interest group that was formed the day after the Virginia Tech mass shooting in 2007 that claimed the lives of 32 people. The group comprises some 40,000 members including U.S college students, faculty, staff and others who support allowing citizens with concealed carry permits to carry concealed handguns on college campuses for self defense.

Getting Back to the Basics of Officer Safety with the Help of Incident Management Tools: Learn more at Mission Manager’s Booth at the Louisiana Tactical Training Conference

When responding to a critical incident, law officers today face a myriad of challenges besides the actual threat in progress. In the midst of the chaos – when facing real and immediate danger – they are often burdened with questions including: How will I be perceived by the courts, my supervisors and the media? Is someone filming me with their smartphone? Have I documented all the evidence? Will I be sued?lowres cop

“Police officers need to clear themselves from those concerns because they take away from an effective response,” said Sgt. Don Parker, who retired from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department in 2015 after a distinguished 26-year career.

“Police officers really need to get back to the basics of officer safety. They must deal with the threat as it presents itself, because the most important thing to an officer – or a team of officers – is to go home safely that day. At the same time, their goal is to protect the public and save lives,” added Sgt. Parker, who also serves as Mission Manager’s law enforcement consultant.

While serving as a patrol deputy, training officer and supervisor, Sgt. Parker found three enduring principles to live by:

  1. Mind Set – Never Quit/All In/Team Attitude
  2. Training the RIGHT way – If you train the wrong way, you’ll execute tactics the wrong way
  3. Always be in peak physical condition – Train hard, always push yourself

“When the time comes for your critical incident – all those areas come together,” he said.

THE MISSION MANAGER CONNECTION

Parker noted that those principles also mirror the three facets of Mission Manager:  Preparation, Readiness and Execution. “From the personnel management to the callouts and event documentation, Mission Manager handles all these aspects of an incident, so officers can focus on the job at hand,” he said.

Mission Manager documents, tracks and records all aspects of a mission, eliminating the guess work when it comes to reports needed for legal compliance. Mission Manager also ensures personnel accountability with its automated check in/out features, real-time communications and tracking of troop movement on mission maps.

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Sgt. Don Parker, pictured at Miramar Air Show detail in 2014.

“Accountability and professionalism are not only important, they are the right thing to do. Mission Manager affords officers peace of mind so they can operate more effectively when lives are at stake,” he continued.

Louisiana Tactical Law Officers’ Training Conference

Sgt. Parker will conduct demos of the web-based incident management software tool during the Louisiana Tactical Police Officer’s Association (LPTOA) annual training conference and vendor show, which runs May 2-6 in Gonzales, LA. The event is expected to attract tactical officers from 25 agencies throughout Louisiana.

The conference will include a debrief on the Lafayette, LA theater shooting in 2015  – complete with a 3D model presented by members of the Lafayette Police Department. It will also feature a major sniper competition involving nearly 100 LTPOA-emblem-185x185officers from 16 SWAT teams throughout the state.

At Mission Manager’s booth, Sgt. Parker will demonstrate how Mission Manager’s callout capabilities, robust maps and reporting features have assisted agencies ranging from law enforcement, emergency operation centers, and fire and rescue personnel.

During critical incidents, such as active shooter incidents and public uprisings, Mission Manager speeds the response efforts and ensures a Unified Command.  With an up-to-date roster available at all times, administrators can quickly activate their qualified personnel with Mission Manager’s three-way callout system (via SMS text, email and voice).

In the field, Mission Manager also provides a common operating picture on mission maps, and a clear unified command structure. Every event is captured and logged into Mission Manager’s highly secure database – providing a second-by-second account of the incident. The data can be easily downloaded as NIMS ICS reports.

“With all critical incidents, the ability of an officer to be able to think on his feet without having a lot of ancillary issues is key to a safe, rapid response,” said Sgt. Parker. “That’s why Mission Manager is such a valuable tool. It provides a clear picture of the incident, from start to finish, so they don’t have to worry about the aftermath when facing a life-or-death situation.”

 

Mission Manager Showcases Incident Management Software to Emergency Managers at PIEPC in Washington State; Upcoming Venues Include SWAT Conferences in New York, Louisiana and Las Vegas

Mission Manager today unveils its powerful incident management tool to emergency managers in the Pacific Northwest during the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (PIEPC), which runs through Thursday in Tacoma, Washington.  The conference is part of Mission Manager’s coast-to-coast road show, which includes tactical SWAT venues in New York, Louisiana and Las Vegas over the next few weeks. Here’s a rundown of the upcoming venues:

Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

At Booth #19, Mission Manager’s staff will demonstrate how the cloud-based software can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency management Capture34agencies during large-scale natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes and tsunamis. The venue attracts approximately 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals and volunteer organizations.

 In addition to its technology showcase, PIEPC features a wide array of presentations that include lessons learned from recent worldwide events such as earthquakes, workplace violence, current hazards research, contingency planning, school preparedness, technology, media interactions and public health issues.

New York Tactical Officers Association

The following week, Mission Manager representatives will head to the Northeast for the Tactical Conference & Expo 2016,  which runs April 26-27 in Verona,ny NY. This large-scale SWAT training conference and vendor show is sponsored by the New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA), a non-profit corporation established to promote training, professionalism and the exchange of information between members of law enforcement, tactical units and crisis negotiation teams within, and surrounding, New York state.

Mission Manager will be among 150 industry vendors at NYTOA showcasing their latest technologies and products. At booth #508, Mission Manager reps will demonstrate how the software tool can streamline an agency’s daily operations, speed response times, and help ensure a Unified Command for deployments ranging from active shooters and high-risk warrant service to large-scale public events and training drills.LTPOA-emblem-185x185

Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference 

Next on the tour is the Louisiana Tactical Police Officers Association Training Conference, held May 2-6, in Gonzalez, LA. The venue, hosted by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, will include the vendor show on May 2, along with an incident debrief of the Lafayette Grand 16 theater shooting. The next few days will feature a SWAT competition and intensive training tracks.

TacOps West

CaptureMission Manager will then head back to the West Coast for the TacOps West show, set for May 18-19 in Las Vegas, NV. TacOps West is a tactical training conference and exposition that balances elite training, networking functions and trade show experience into a three-day event. Mission Manager, which will be featuring interactive demos at booth #111, will be among 100 industry vendors showcasing their latest technologies and products.

The conference also includes approximately 30 training tracks taught by some of the most sought after instructors in the nation. Some of the top teams presenting are Las Vegas Metro SWAT, Los Angeles County SEB, LAPD SWAT and NYPD ESU.

Sponsoring associations include the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Arizona Tactical Officers Association (ATOA), Utah Tactical Officers Association (UTOA) and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO).

ABOUT MISSION MANAGER
Cloud-based Mission Manager provides a one-stop integrated solution for team and asset management, real-time communications, situational awareness with robust maps, and automated reporting capabilities.

Mission Manager can help agencies become more proactive vs. reactive – and ultimately improve response times – because it is based on the core principles of “Preparation. Readiness. Execution.”larry

As a daily team management tool, Mission Manager provides the current status and qualifications of members, including training, certifications and expirations. Administrators can also easily track and manage their team’s equipment and maintenance schedules.

Because this data is readily available, emergency managers / incident commanders can quickly determine who is qualified and available to respond when an emergency strikes.

When used as an online command center, Mission Manager helps ensure 360-degree situational awareness. The software provides a common operational picture – on multiple devices – that can be shared among agencies in multiple jurisdictions that are responding to the mission.

Mission Manager features robust mapping capabilities with more than 90 mapping overlays, including topography, natural hazards, locations of hospitals and police departments, as well as social media feeds at points of interest.

Highly secure and customizable, Mission Manager’s robust database provides a second-by-second record of every event. This data can be easily exported for ICS NIMS compliant reports.

 

Paris Police Dog Killed in Raid Sheds Light on K9 Line-of-Duty Deaths; K9-TECC White Paper Calls for Standardized Guidelines for Treating Injured Operational K9s

With the outpouring of international support for the police dog “Diesel,” who was recently killed during a police raid in Paris, much attention has been focused on the invaluable role and care of Operational K9s (OpK9s) that are injured in the Line of Duty. OpK9s include police canines, military working dogs, force protection K9s, and Search and Rescue (SAR) canines. These working animals have continuously proven to be a force multiplier in the success of many military, law enforcement, SAR, and humanitarian operations.

Police dog Diesel made international headlines when she was killed by a suicide bomber in Paris

Police dog, Diesel, made international headlines when she was killed by a female suicide bomber who detonated herself during a police raid in Paris. WATCH MEMORIAL VIDEO

Operational K9s are also close to the hearts of many of Mission Manager’s valued customers, who view their beloved creatures as trusted, valued partners in missions ranging from tactical SWAT operations, natural disasters, and search, rescue & recovery efforts. When a first responder loses a K9 in the Line of Duty, it can be as traumatic as losing one of their own colleagues.

According to The Officer Down Memorial Page (OPDM), there have been 26 fallen police K9s reported this year as of November 2015.  Although the list is incomplete, Line-of-Duty K9 deaths have resulted from gunfire, stabbings, fire,  heat exhaustion, poisoning, training accidents and more. Read more

To reduce the number of OpK9 Line-of-Duty deaths, one group is stepping up to the plate to help develop standardized guidelines for treating civilian OpK9s injured during high-threat situations. The non-profit K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Working Group, or K9-TECC, has recently released a white paper that addresses the Challenges Facing Pre-Hospital Care for Operational K9s Injured in the Line of Duty.  (Download White Paper Here)

As noted in the white paper, “Similar to their human counterparts, working animals deployed in a tactical or high threat environment also remain at high risk for suffering preventable deaths. Despite their role in safeguarding our society’s freedoms, a large gap in pre-hospital trauma care (e.g., standardized guidelines, funding, training, logistical resources, research, etc.) for these OpK9s still remains.”

The group’s objective is to educate the Veterinary and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) communities about the main challenges that hamper appropriate and timely pre-hospital care for Operational K9s injured in the Line of Duty. In the process, the group hopes to facilitate a collaborative initiative between the two communities to ensure that OpK9s receive the best medical care possible. (Download White Paper Here).

About the K9-TECC Working Group

The K9-TECC Working group was developed under the auspice of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (www.c-tecc.org), which was established to speed the transition of military lessons learned from the battlefield to civilian medical response to high-risk situations.

K9-TECC focuses on interventions that eliminate the major preventable causes of death that are “affordable, sustainable, and require minimal training and resources.” Similar to human TECC guidelines (available at c-tecc.org), K9 TECC principles should be incorporated into three dynamic phases of care: Direct Threat Care (DTC)/Hot Zone, Indirect Threat Care (ITC)/Warm Zone, and Evacuation (EVAC)/ Cold Zone.

Although the goals and principles for each phase of care remain relatively the same as human TECC, modifications will be made to account for K9-related anatomical and physiological uniqueness. Since the principles are modeled after human-based Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the group believes that first responders should be able to easily learn and apply K9-TECC guidelines into their practices.

The group uses evidence-based medicine to form the foundation of their K9 TECC principles, however, it relies heavily on end-user input and representatives from the front lines to mold their final recommendations. K9 TECC welcomes feedback on their Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/k9tecc/

 

 

2015 CATO Training Venue Attracts 1,000+ Tactical Officers; Mission Manager’s SWAT Incident Command Software Capabilities Demonstrated in Exhibit Hall

More than 1,000 SWAT personnel had the opportunity to preview the latest trends, services and technologies for tactical law officers – including Mission Manager’s incident command software capabilities – at the 2015 California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) Conference held last week in Anaheim, CA.

The company’s booth staff was pleased to report that its incident management software was a big hit among the attendees, who were impressed by the fact that Mission Manager was an all-encompassing tool for personnel & asset management, callouts, situational awareness and reporting.

Currently, most SWAT teams are using disparate tools to perform various functions, including manual spreadsheets to manage their members,  standard dispatch systems to callout their teams, and pen-and-paper to produce reports.

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Demonstration on how Mission Manager can provide situational awareness for SWAT teams, such as the recent riots in Baltimore (Photo by Daniel DiPinto / DiPinto Design)

The staff demonstrated Mission Manager’s capabilities first-hand during its Scavenger Hunt, which drew nearly three dozen participants who vied for valuable prizes including  a one-year subscription to Mission Manager. During the two-day contest, the staff deployed participants to various locations on the show floor, sending clues leading to the location of the prizes.

A big thanks goes out to the CATO organizers and participating vendors, including 5.11, ProforceAdamson Police Products, Frog Lube, American Spartan Apparel, Voodoo Tactical and Safariland. The companies handed out valuable prizes including SWAT apparel, a gun cleaning kit, weapon bi-pod and a tactical backpack.

The contest gave participants an opportunity to visit various vendors while testing Mission Manager’s user-friendly, intuitive features with their own cell phones.

How it Works

With Mission Manager, teams can callout their teams three ways – via SMS text, email and voice. Because all personnel data is kept current by the members’ themselves, including their training and certifications, the incident commander can determine within minutes who is certified and available to participate in the mission.

Using pre-set mission tools that can be easily customized, team leaders can access an instant checklist of all activities needed to support the mission – whether it be an active shooter response, dangerous suspect warrant or large-scale public event.

With real-time tracking capabilities, Mission Manager gives incident commanders a birds-eye view of the mission as it occurs.  In the field, commanders can track all phases of the event in real time on their laptops or mobile devices.

Mission Manager can provide SWAT commanders with situational awareness in the field with robust mapping tools. They can triangulate the location of the mission, the command post and surrounding schools, hospitals, fire stations and police stations as well as weather conditions, terrains and boundaries.

Every activity is captured in the system, including team locations, radio logs and suspect information. After the mission, the data can be quickly exported as NIMS ICS-compliant reports or debriefs – saving agencies significant time and money.

About Mission Manager

Since 2011, Mission Manager has supported approximately 6,000 missions, ranging from tactical operations and large-scale pubic events to single-person rescues and full-scale natural disasters. It has been adopted by agencies in all 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and is available in 80 languages. Users include law enforcement agencies, search-and-rescue organizations, fire departments and emergency operation centers. Mission Manager is based on three core principles: Preparation, Readiness and Execution. To request a demo, please email sales@missionmanager.com or call 619-457-6119.

About CATO

The California Association of Tactical Officers is a professional organization dedicated to improving tactics and safety through education, peer contacts, and the sharing of tactical information. Membership entitles individuals and tactical teams to participate in CATO training, including the annual conference, at a price that demonstrates quality and value. The organization welcomes current and former members of law enforcement and the military. JOIN CATO TODAY and check out the CATO News Magazine.

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Mission Manager’s booth staff display their Scavenger Hunt mascot during the CATO show. Nearly 3 dozen SWAT officers participated in the contest and won valuable prizes from participating vendors.



 

 

 

 

Mission Manager to Showcase its Incident Command Software at the CATO Training Conference, Sept. 21-22, that Highlights Emerging Trends, Tactics and Technologies for Tactical SWAT Teams

Mission Manager will showcase its incident command software to the tactical law enforcement community at the 2015 CATO Conference, Sept. 21-22, at the Anaheim Marriott –  and  also spearhead a Scavenger Hunt contest with prizes to include a  free 1-year subscription to its robust cloud-based software. Attendees who participate in the contest will also have the opportunity to win a variety of prices from participating vendors during the show.CATO flyer

During the Scavenger Hunt, players will learn first-hand how cloud-based Mission Manager helps incident commanders easily manage their personnel and assets, communicate in real time, and track and log evidence trails – as players find clues during the game.  If you plan to attend CATO, please stop by our booth #223 and participate. Here’s how it works:

  • Stop by our booth,  and we’ll log you into Mission Manager’s pre-set missions, send you email & text alerts with “clues” every other hour.
  • Simply take a picture of the clue with your cell phone, email it back to our staff and return to our booth to claim your prize from participating vendors.
  • On Day #2 we will hold a raffle drawing of all players and announce the winner of our free 1-year subscription to Mission Manager (good for up to 10 users: Valued at $750)

As noted in our sponsored article in POLICE Magazine, Mission Manager lays the foundation for a strong infrastructure needed to save lives because it is based on team preparation and readiness. Mission Manager uniquely provides an operational environment for daily team management and serves as an online command center.

Since 2011, Mission Manager has supported approximately 6,000 missions, including natural disasters, tactical operations, large-scale pubic events, campus security, search-and-rescue missions, and training. Users include law enforcement, fire departments,  search-and-rescue groups, emergency operation centers, security providers and the Civil Air Patrol.

The California Association of Tactical Officers was founded in 1997 as a professional organization dedicated to improving tactics, safety and professionalism of special weapons and tactics officers through education, training, peer contacts and the sharing of information and ideas. CATO has since become a premier professional organization and is dedicated to the continued improvement of officer safety through training, education and advocacy.

CATO’s annual training conference hosts approximately 1,000 SWAT officers, supervisors and commanders from teams throughout the Western United States. The CATO conference features educational seminars and presentations on emerging trends, tactics, legal issues, leadership and valuable ‘lessons learned’. The two day vendor trade show highlights the latest safety gear, weapons, munitions, clothing and technology provided by equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.