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Officer Safety Training Tip: Defeating the Clinch

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defeating the Clinch

In the fourth edition of Police's Defensive Tactics Training videos, the instructors at the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., demonstrate strikes and counters that can be used at extremely close range in order to stop attacks and take suspects into custody.

June 26, 2014

Taking The Power Seat

Taking The Power Seat

The tragic killings of two Las Vegas officers having lunch at a pizza place on Sunday morning brought me chills. It was reality check time for me. I realized that any officer is vulnerable to attack, at any time, at any place, doing any part of his or her job. Even on a "break," we know there are no breaks, no down time when we're on duty, in uniform.

June 9, 2014

Video: Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Leg Strikes
Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Push Kicks

Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Push Kicks

POLICE Magazine has teamed up with The MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., to offer a series of training videos demonstrating defensive tactics officers may need to use. Videos feature veteran officer Ron Dorfman and instructors John Crouch and Adam Gillespey demonstrating the techniques.

November 15, 2013

Video: Officer Safety Training Tips

Video: Officer Safety Training Tips

POLICE Magazine has teamed up with The MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., to offer a series of training videos demonstrating defensive tactics officers may need to use.

August 2, 2013

The Will To Survive

The Will To Survive

Of the components of the will to survive, none is more important than mindset. How often have we seen a man of lesser skillsets come out the survivor of some confrontation simply because he refused to go down?

June 5, 2013

Going 'Hands On' During an Entry

How well prepared you are to make entry into a structure, order subjects to the ground, and transition to hands to place handcuffs or control subjects on the ground?

October 30, 2012

ILEETA 2012: Shattering The Box

More than 740 of the best police trainers gathered last week for the annual training conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in Wheeling, Ill., for a week that was packed with training, lectures and interactive classes.

April 23, 2012

Video: Handcuffing with Hands On the Head

Video: Handcuffing with Hands On the Head

Handcuffing a suspect after asking him to place his hands on top of his head may look good on cop shows, but it puts you at greater risk. It may be effective to cover a suspect, but police combat trainer Lt. Kevin Dillon says it should be avoided for pat-downs and handcuffing.

September 29, 2011

Video: How to Handcuff on a Wall

Video: How to Handcuff on a Wall

Many law enforcement agencies have scrapped on-the-wall handcuffing from police-academy training. However, as with many police tactics, your ability to win comes down to your execution of a proven method. Lt. Kevin Dillon provides you that method in a tactics video, demonstrating two effective handcuffing strategies — one in space, and a second on the wall.

August 18, 2011

Divide and Conquer: Dealing With Multiple Detainees

I wanted everyone a little uncomfortable. When they were seated curbside with ankles crossed, hands beneath their butts, and heads down, it was hard for them not to telegraph their desire to run.

June 1, 2011

ILEETA: Top Trainers Gather in Chicagoland

The signs of the global budget woes did not stop several from attending. One interesting point this year was it appears more trainers attended on their own personal time and expense. This clearly shows the dedication of the professional trainers of this organization and their devotion to their calling as a law enforcement trainer.

May 3, 2011

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

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.

February 1, 2011

Personal Preference Determines Tactics

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.

November 4, 2010

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