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The Side Control Position and the Resisting Arrestee
Learning from the Past

Learning from the Past

By studying the threats faced by officers years ago, today's police can prepare themselves for what they might face and develop the tactics, the training, and the mindset to prevail.

October 16, 2017

Increasing Speed and Power

Increasing Speed and Power

The startle reflex is your natural response to sudden noise or pain. Everyone has it, and I'm going to give you four steps to change your startle reflex into an effective defense technique I call the "converted startle."

April 10, 2017

Go For The Legs

Go For The Legs

Communications and sensitivity skills training are not enough. In fact, the third and critical component of training that should be mandatory for all law enforcement officers is defensive tactics.

May 4, 2016

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control

The system, called "JET," is a product of the Jinsei Institute of Durango, CO, which maintains that the use of balance manipulation can decrease a subject's ability to move, resist, or escalate and give trained officers significant advantages during approach and contact.

February 29, 2016

Fight from the Guard on the Ground

Fight from the Guard on the Ground

Let's discuss the best strategy to deal with the situation where you are forced to the ground by the arrestee, who ends up in your "guard" (on top but not mounted—simply between your legs).

February 6, 2015

Suspect Contact and Control

Suspect Contact and Control

It's critically important for you to be able to control the suspect at the point of initial contact, and it is equally important for you to have control tactic options once the initial contact is made.

May 2, 2014

Reconsidering Carotid Control

Reconsidering Carotid Control

The carotid restraint control hold is a valuable force option. When applied by a competent end-user, the hold is quick and highly effective and is absent of any evidence of traumatic injury.

January 30, 2014

Safe Prisoner Transport

Safe Prisoner Transport

Every year, prisoners escape custody. But using the proper restraints and techniques for each prisoner transfer situation will help ensure the safety of yourself and other law enforcement officers.

May 6, 2013

One Stance, Three Uses

One Stance, Three Uses

As street cops we can break down three major areas in which we use some type of stance: field interviewing, fighting (obtaining control), and shooting. Many police academies and law enforcement agencies have a variation for each of the three areas described. My question is why?

October 24, 2012

Defense Against Standing Choke Holds

Defense Against Standing Choke Holds

If a suspect is trying to choke you, you are in a deadly force encounter and accessing your handgun would be appropriate. But depending on what direction the bad guy assaults you from and the accuracy of your shot placement, your gun may not always provide the best immediate option.

August 29, 2012

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol

In last month's The Winning Edge article, I discussed how to anticipate and respond to ambushes when arriving on calls in an urban environment. In this related article, I will discuss how to handle ambushes while in your car.

May 23, 2012

Choke Escapes

Choke Escapes

MMA practitioners commonly use choking techniques to defeat their opponents. The consequences of your being "choked out" or rendered unconscious are severe for officers. Learn how to defeat the rear naked choke and guillotine choke.

March 19, 2012

Defending Against Small Edged Weapons

Defending Against Small Edged Weapons

In many cases, the victims of stabbings never knew the knives were in play. Their first indication that something was wrong was when they saw blood. And that's often too late.

February 7, 2012

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Overview

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Overview

One of the reasons why this year's POLICE-TREXPO conference was so memorable was the quality of the instructors. The POLICE-TREXPO staff assembled some of the top educators and speakers in law enforcement to present a widely varied schedule of classes.

October 27, 2011

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