CATO’s goal is to increase the professionalism and proficiency of special weapons teams and members across the state. To provide a forum for the exchange of current and relevant issues and information; maintain a secure online website; provide and/or sponsor superior training and conference programs; maintain a liaison with tactical teams across the nation; stimulate the research and development of innovative techniques, methods of operation and equipment; provide training assistance and support; and become the largest non-profit organization in the state dedicated exclusively to personnel in all levels of tactical operations.
CATO is a non-profit, non-political organization. CATO is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CATO was established as an organization “of tactical team members by and for tactical team members.” With over 38.3 million residents in California and over 80,000 sworn law enforcement officers, CATO’s mandate is to provide information, training, and resources to its members.