31 August 2012

Defensive Tactics for Police & Corrections Course Description

Defensive Tactics for Police & Corrections

MCS’s Defensive Tactics for Police & Corrections program is an intensive 8 hr. course broken down into (2) four hour blocks.  The course is designed by police for police.

During the morning session, officers learn Passive Restraint Tactics.  Using knowledge of anatomy and instinctive gross motor skills, officers are taught simple effective techniques for controlling resisting suspects both standing and on the ground, including cuffing techniques.  Techniques were designed to teach officers to work together effectively, while at the same time putting them in  a position of control using the minimal amount of force while cuffs are applied or while waiting for back up.  PRT is an effective “no strike” option that enhances any other defensive tactics program.  PRT relies on the structural alignment of the human body and does not put pressure on the spine, back, or chest.  It also does not rely on pain compliance.  Passive Restraint Tactics are intended to be used against a subject who is actively resisting, but not attacking officers.

The afternoon session of the course is dedicated to Spontaneous Attack Survival for Law Enforcement.  SAS is a 4 hour course intended to provide officers with principle based responses to violent attacks.  Most defensive tactics programs concentrate on arrest and control and defending against open hand attacks.  What makes SAS different is that the primary focus is on defending against edged weapons, a topic that is seldom sufficiently covered in many programs.  By doing this, officers quickly realize that contact means control, and over reliance on pain compliance can get them killed.  By focusing on defending against edged weapons, the officer is forced to focus on controlling the offender, not the weapon.  SAS trains the officer to fight from the positions he will find himself in, not those he would like to be in.
SAS was presented at both the International Law Enforcement Education and Trainers Association in 2011 and 2012, and American Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors conference in 2011. 
The course includes representation in any departmental, criminal, and civil action arising out of the use of any information covered in the course.
Typical class size is 15-25, and requires only a large classroom.

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