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Gun Grabs: 3 Techniques

February 1, 2011

When asked to demonstrate weapon retention, most officers place both hands on their holstered handgun and move their hips violently from side to side. This is a good technique. Here are three additional techniques that can help you keep your duty weapon out of the hands of the bad guy. For the full story, read "Stopping Gun Grabs."

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

February 1, 2011
Edged-weapon gang culture flourished most prominently in American jails and prisons. Every inmate is expected to be able to defend himself. Gang members take this to mean they must be armed with an edged weapon.

Stopping Gun Grabs

January 11, 2011

When asked to demonstrate weapon retention, most officers place both hands on their holstered handgun and move their hips violently from side to side. This technique is good. But before you are able to react in this manner, the suspect can bridge the open space between you, lower his shoulders, and extend his hands to touch your holstered firearm. Try using a technique that provides a faster reaction.

DT Training Injury Caused Death of Virginia Recruit

December 29, 2010
Recruit John Kohn, 40, was wearing protective headgear when he banged heads with another recruit as they were moving through doors in the training area.

Personal Preference Determines Tactics

November 4, 2010
These days, a growing chorus of defensive tactics instructors advocates using palm strikes instead of fist strikes. Still, the proficient pugilist will adamantly defend the fist strike as a viable force option.

Police Defensive Tactics

October 29, 2010

As an officer and trainer with the Portland Police Bureau, Loren Christensen taught defensive tactics for 25 years, after which he wrote "Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest & Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior." Christensen discusses concepts from the book, which covers topics such as retaining balance during a fight, how to avoid groundfighting, a subject's most vulnerable area during a baton strike, and the biggest failing in police DT training.

MMA is Not the Biggest Threat

October 5, 2010

It's our failure to train properly that gets us into trouble. The threat we face in law enforcement today is not from MMA or anything like it. The biggest threat we face is ourselves.

Beware the Restrained Subject

September 30, 2010

Over the years, I've heard multiple accounts of handcuffed subjects who later escaped or attempted to escape. One particular incident involved a young kid who fled on foot. His ability to outrun two officers with his hands behind his back demonstrated just how focused a person can be if he wants to escape.

Eliminate These 'D' Words From Your Vocabulary

September 29, 2010
The first step to positively communicate is to delete the word "don't" from your vocabulary. The rationale behind this is simple. When you use the word "don't" as part of your feedback or direction, your mind must first figure out what it is not supposed to do.

Engaging With Edged Weapons

September 21, 2010

While appearing at POLICE-TREXPO East, Michael Janich of Martial Blade Concepts discusses how officers can engage a subject with edged weapons. Janich is interviewed by Betsy Brantner-Smith, a Calibre Press Street Survival trainer. The video is courtesy of PoliceOne.

Defending Against Edged Weapons

September 21, 2010

Michael Janich of Martial Blade Concepts discusses edged-weapon defense during POLICE-TREXPO East with Betsy Brantner-Smith, a Calibre Press Street Survival trainer. The video is courtesy of PoliceOne.

Restraint and Control Strategies

September 15, 2010

Loren W. Christensen demonstrates an effective arm-bar control tactic that's modified from one of the jujitsu techniques he incorporated into police work while he was a cop in Portland. The segment is from his Paladin Press training video.

Know Your Limitations

August 23, 2010
One of my former defensive tactics instructors taught me a valuable lesson about sizing up an opponent. He asked me if I had ever seen a Japanese tea cup and what is different about it?

Four Safer Strikes

August 5, 2010

There are arguments for and against law enforcement officers using closed-hand punches. It can be better to avoid hitting a suspect with your bare knuckles so you don't injure your hands so you can't pull a trigger, hold a baton or continue striking with a broken hand. Here are four safer strikes—palm strike, bottom fist strike, knee strike and elbow strike—when dealing with a violent suspect. Our related article, "Safer Strikes," explains how to avoid bloodborne pathogens.

Safer Strikes

August 5, 2010

Trading blood with suspects is not a good idea - even if you do knock them out with your punch. Instead, learn four strikes that can lessen the likelihood of injury and transfer of blood.

POLICE-TREXPO East: Train With Some of the Toughest in the Field

July 22, 2010
POLICE-TREXPO East is delivering a solid Defensive Tactics track, featuring all new classes with some of the toughest trainers in the field. From the latest ground fighting techniques for police officers to courses on how to use a folding knife with stealth skill, this is the track you need to show your enemies you're a force to be reckoned with.

Surviving Edged Weapon Threats

June 14, 2010

Knowing how to effectively respond to an unexpected knife attack is a crucial officer-safety concern. If a suspect is further than 21 feet, you may be able to fire one or two shots, though you'll want to rotate off line to try to get out of the path of the incoming knife. To survive a deadly knife threat, know your tactics, study concealment, realize capabilities, learn knife fighting and develop basic knife defenses. Photos and captions by Al Abidin.

Safariland Female Officer Survival Training

May 6, 2010

Safariland's Training Group will hold a new course for female police officers that's developed and taught by female officers. POLICE spoke with the course's lead instructor Dorcia Meador, former rangemaster of the Fort Worth (Texas) Police Department, about why a training course for women by women makes sense.

Counter Blade: Empty Hand and Gun Draw

April 16, 2010

At POLICE-TREXPO West, Michael Janich of Martial Blade Concepts demonstrates the "Split-X Block" to counter an edged-weapon attack. He shows you the empty hand version, then demonstrates how to use the technique to draw your service weapon. Video shot and edited by Kelly Bracken.

Tactics Training for Female Officers Is a Must

April 15, 2010
PoliceMag.com welcomes Sgt. Lynne Doucette of the Brunswick (Maine) PD as a new Women in LE blogger. In her first post, Lynne highlights the need for specialized training for female officers.
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