LAWE2280 Defensive Tactics

This course will include instruction in the areas of Defensive Tactics and Active Shooter Response.




Admission into the Law Enforcement Program

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirementsand evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Apply escalation and de-escalation tactics and procedures in the use of force continuum
Describe use of elements of deadly force by peace officers
Demonstrate the ability to write factual, concise reports
Show proper three point search position
Practice procedures for confronting suspects and placing him/her under control or arrest
Demonstrate proper verbal articulations in a variety of control based scenarios
Demonstrate the ability to deal with various reactions of violators
Employ proper tactics in dealing with suspects possessing weapons
Demonstrate weapon retention techniques
Demonstrate weapon disarming techniques
Demonstrate the ability to prioritize missions during active shooter situations
Demonstrate tactics necessary for active shooter situations

Minnesota POST Board Learning Objectives:
1.1.2 Discuss barriers to clear communication, e.g. language, stress, bias, lack of common cultural understanding.
1.2.5 Discuss discretion and how it differs from selective enforcement.
1.4.1 Describe decision-making processes and models.
1.4.2 Define the term discretion and discuss when and why peace officers use their best judgment in the administration of justice and when discretion is not allowed.
1.4.3 Discuss factors that influence police officer use of discretion.
1.4.4 Based on written scenarios involving law enforcement: describe decisions officers must make, suggest appropriate actions, and defend those decisions and actions.
1.4.5 Based on scenarios of peace officer situations, practice making decisions in real time.
1.8.9 Explain why physical fitness attributes including cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, agility, strength, speed, and endurance are important to peace officer health, well-being and competence.
1.8.10 Explain the importance of and strategies for physical conditioning, good nutrition and healthy eating habits for peace officers.
3.9.1 Perform stretching, aerobics and conditioning exercises at the direction of an instructor as part of an overall fitness program to enhance strength, agility, flexibility, speed, and cardiovascular endurance.
3.9.2 Pass a physical fitness test with an overall accumulative passing score.
3.9.3 Perform peace officer duties requiring physical fitness.
3.14.9 Explain characteristics of a civil disturbance/disobedience and how it varies from criminal activity.
3.14.10 Explain tactics and formations for managing a civil disturbance.
4.1.1 Describe and demonstrate command presence and tactically safe approach techniques in a variety of law enforcement situations.
4.1.2 Demonstrate "soft" empty hand control tactics that may be used on passive resistive subjects and resistive subjects and explain why the use of a particular control technique is reasonable given the circumstances known including: distraction techniques, joint manipulations, pressure points, escapes from holds and grasps and come-along from escort techniques.
4.1.3 Demonstrate "hard" empty hand control techniques that may be used on aggressive, resistive subjects and explain why the use of a particular technique is reasonable give the facts and circumstances known including: blocks with hands, arms and legs, countermeasure striking techniques using hands, arms, elbows, legs, knees and/or feet, counter striking techniques use in ground fighting situations, appropriate verbal commands coinciding with use of force decisions and proper application of neck restraint.
4.1.4 Explain when to handcuff and risks related to improper handcuffing and failing to handcuff.
4.1.5 Demonstrate proper handcuffing techniques from several positions and under a variety of circumstances including: proper use of clear and concise verbal commands, techniques for use with cooperative and uncooperative subjects, team handcuffing techniques; both standing & prone, tactical positioning and subject control during handcuffing and searching, proper application of handcuffs (placement, tightness) and double locking, and proper positioning and transporting of handcuffed subject.
4.1.6 Explain the risk factors for sudden in-custody death including symptoms of respiratory and cardiac distress and diabetic shock and explain the implications of excited delirium.
4.1.7 Demonstrate ground fighting tactics including defenses and escapes from positions on the ground or floor including: escapes from the top superior position and the bottom superior (supine) position, escapes from headlocks and chokeholds, defending from four barriers: feet, knees, hands and elbows, and practice in multiple subject and multiple officer scenarios.
4.1.8 Explain and demonstrate basic techniques for use of the baton and impact weapons including: draws and grips with batons, stances and carrying techniques with batons, uses of the baton for physical control techniques, uses of the baton as a blocking instrument, uses of the baton for striking, identification of body target areas for striking, and baton retention techniques.
4.1.9 Explain the make-up and characteristics of chemical agents, electronic control weapons used by peace officers.
4.1.10 Demonstrate basic techniques for the reasonable use of an electronic control weapon (ECW) (demonstrations may or may not include actual discharge of the device) including: deployment methods, firing vs. drive stun, proper aftercare and probe removal, carry location and retention of E.C.W., and safety guidelines on duration and number of cycles applied.
4.1.11 Demonstrate basic techniques for the reasonable use of chemical agents (demonstrations may or may not include actual discharge of the chemical agent) including: delivery systems and methods for chemical agents, dissemination methods of chemical agents, factors to be considered before deploying chemical agents, familiarization with the effects of chemical agents on a subject, actual or simulated exposure to chemical agents in simulated law enforcement scenarios, and after-care considerations and decontamination procedures.
4.1.12 Demonstrate operation of and proficiency with weapons used by peace officers including impact weapons, electronic control devices, and chemical agents.
4.2.1 Explain and demonstrate weapon retention and disarming techniques including: - tactical positioning for gun retention defense, - retention of holstered weapons, - drawn handgun retention techniques, - disarming techniques, and - long gun retention techniques.

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details