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Advanced Police Defense Techniques

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 241

       Course Name: Advanced Police Defense Techniques

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

LAE 240

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course will build on Police Defense Techniques LAE 240. Content includes principles of self-defense against armed and unarmed suspects. It will cover law enforcement use of force limitations and the psychological and physical conditioning officers need to maintain.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will be able to explain:
    • Use of Force – Legal limitations (Law Enforcement and Civilian)
    • U.S. Supreme court rulings regarding police use of force
    • Design and functionality of assorted weapons
    • Illinois Good Samaritan Act
    • Illinois Citizen Arrest Statutes
    • Illinois Self Defense Statute

Students will become proficient in self-defense techniques including:
    • hand-to-hand combat
    • ground fighting techniques
    • defense against batons, knives, guns, and other weapons
    • grappling techniques.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

• Use of Force – Legal limitations (Law Enforcement and Civilian)
• U.S. Supreme court rulings regarding police use of force
• Design and functionality of assorted weapons
• Illinois Good Samaritan Act
• Illinois Citizen Arrest Statutes
• Illinois Self Defense Statute
• Self-defense techniques

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will employ lectures and discussions and in-class group self-defense activities, and demonstrations.  Instruction is designed to maximize student mastery of the learning objectives of the course.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to participate in the daily activity which is required in the classroom.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

1. Students will be required to take a weekly written quiz in addition to demonstrating mastery of self-defense techniques.
2. Mid-Term Examination: Students will perform all the techniques taught during the first half of the course.
3. Final Examination: Students will perform all techniques learned throughout the course.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.