10 December 2015

Passive Restraint Tactics

Today, I was at the National Conservation Training Center US Fish &Wildlife Service Department of the Interior to do a demo on Passive Restraint Tactics (Arrest and Control) and Spontaneous Attack Survival for the Maryland Department of Corrections Special Operations Group.

Like many SWAT teams, they have sent people to many well known schools to include Krav Maga Law Enforcement Course and Blauer Spear System.  Usually these schools are a week or so.   All instruction has a water down effect.  If you go to an instructor’s course and over five days get 100% of the information presented, how much of that is actually learning and teaching the actual physical skill.  I would estimate about 60%.  Then you return to your agency and a few weeks or months later you teach a class, it is probably down to 30-40%.  In this case, it is a physical skill which is perishable anyway.  So out of that 100%, how much will the line officer be able to recall under combat stress?  You can see why police defensive tactics programs can be ineffective.  Two more things play into this. One is having several techniques that do not flow into each other.  The second is that the techniques for the bad situations are violent. This presents the most chances for lost time injury and training, so therefore get the least amount of practice.

PRT (Passive Restraint Tactics) was designed for anyone who works in an environment where they are tasked with taking physical custody/control of individuals.  This includes hospital staff, security, corrections, and law enforcement.  Certain blocks of instructions are included or removed depending on the needs of the end user.  PRT does not rely on pressure points, size, speed, or strength. Instead, it is based on anatomy and physiology.  The individual being restrained as well as the staff member. Two staff can restrain an individual as they are standing up, back against a wall, facing a wall, or on the ground.  With the addition of a third person, the individual can be easily picked up and moved. The reason it is called passive is because the positions are actually comfortable for the user and can be maintained for a period of time, even if the patient/inmate is struggling.

The PRT user course is four hours, and the Train the Trainer Course is just an additional four hours. This is made possible by the simplicity and utility of the techniques.  As a matter of fact many people can teach PRT after the user course.
The principles and techniques used in PRT are the building blocks of Spontaneous Attack Survival, which is also a four hour course.
The officers in attendance today were astonished with the simplicity of both PRT and SAS, especially in comparison to their established training and that which they received from other schools.

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