One of the mottos of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) is "When safety is taken for granted, take injury for granted." The following is a condensed version of ILEETA's training safety guidelines.
- The instructor sets the pace and intensity.
- All persons are to be searched entering the training area. Guns, knives, ammo, TASERs, OC, and any other hazard should be removed and locked up. Guns should be unloaded.
- Before the training begins students are to be searched by themselves, by a training partner, and by a safety officer. This is to be repeated after all breaks.
- Be sure to retrieve and reload your weapon at end of training. You do not want to go on duty with a Blue Gun in your holster.
- Leave no firearm in your vehicle.
- Use simulated or replica guns whenever possible.
- When using unloaded weapons, check and recheck by multiple officers, especially after breaks. Then tape weapon closed to prevent loading.
- Use mats for takedowns.
- No horseplay or off-script demonstrations will be tolerated.
- Advise instructor and training partner of any preexisting injury or condition. Injury should be marked with red wrist band.
- Do not spray inert OC canister closer than four feet into face to prevent eye injury.
- Safety officers can stop training at any time.
- Remove jewelry.
- Students experiencing pain during technique can end it by saying "break."
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