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S.P.E.A.R. System™ and the Scope of Use-of-Force Techniques in Policing

By On June 19, 2009 · Leave a Comment · In Articles, News


For many years, much “squabbling” has occurred in procuring the best model of success for achieving proficiency in armed and unarmed conflicts. With a lack of similar and interchangeable defensive tactics and firearm programs at the academy level, and an ever increasing field of commercial use-of-force systems, discerning a certain and appropriate use-of-force program for a department has become difficult. More importantly, many programs have failed to recognize the basic principles that define and substantiate the use-of-force: control and self-defense. In the quest for marketability, these principles have become clouded through
techniques not applicable to the officer’s environment, a lack of situational training, and through unqualified use-of-force instructors. As a result, not only is the safety and security of the officers and our public in jeopardy, but administrators have a difficult time getting their prosecutors “on board” when it’s time to review use-of-force incidences that result in injuries and litigation.

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