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.