Police Defense Techniques

I.     Course Prefix/Number: LAE 240

       Course Name: Police Defense Techniques

       Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines defense techniques.  Content includes principles of self-defense against persons armed with dangerous weapons; psychology in use of force; physical and mental preparation and practice in defense and control techniques; and arrest and search procedures.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to practice skills the basic skills and mechanics of defense and control techniques, and arrest and search procedures.

The student will be able to better understand the principles of self-defense against persons armed with dangerous weapons, the psychology in the use of force, and the professional standards of conduct involved.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Basic Principles in the Use of Force:
    1. Types and degrees of resistance
    2. Methods of control and tactics
    3. Use of Force Reporting
    4. Use of Force Spectrum
  2. Escalation of Trauma Considerations:
    1. Primary Targets of Choice:  (Green Target Areas)
    2. Secondary Targets of Choice:  (Yellow Target Areas)
    3. Final targets of Choice:  (Red Target Areas)
  3. Foundations of Police Defensive Tactics: (MDTS)
    1. Protect and Restrain Philosophy
    2. Psychology of the arrest situation: (Body Language)
    3. Weapon Safety Factors
  4. Importance of Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement:
    1. The Big Three Requirements:(a erobic, flexibility, power)
    2. Warm Up and Stretching done in each class
    3. Tactical Aerobics
  5. Skill development
    1. basic stance for safety on the street
    2. balance points
    3. patterns of movement: survival dancing
    4. basic blocking techniques
    5. basic counter-assault techniques
    6. basic falls
    7. basic ground techniques
    8. control techniques
    9. takedown and control techniques
    10. handcuffing techniques (the big three)
    11. tactical simulations
    12. defense against grab attacks
    13. defense against choke attacks
    14. defense against punches and kick attacks
  6. Short stick (persuader baton) techniques
    1. history of the short stick (Yawara) in self defense
    2. history of the short stick (Yawara) in police work
    3. nomenclature of the short stick (persuader baton
    4. basic methods to grip the persuader baton
    5. basic blocking methods
    6. basic counter-assault methods
    7. basic control and takedown techniques
  7. Basic straight baton techniques
    1. history of the straight baton in Law Enforcement
    2. nomenclature of the straight baton
    3. basic grips
    4. basic methods of carry
    5. basic blocking methods
    6. basic counter-assault techniques
    7. basic control and takedown techniques
  8. Handcuffing techniques
    1. nomenclature of various types of handcuffs (big t here)
    2. how to grip the handcuffs
    3. cooperative subject standing
    4. uncooperative subject standing handcuff techniques
    5. uncooperative subject ground handcuffing
    6. searching subject
    7. verbal direction
  9. Essential elements of officer survival
    1. awareness
    2. aware of body language clues
    3. a plan of action
    4. being prepared to take action
    5. not relaxing too soon
    6. importance of staying physically fit
    7. development of survival techniques
    8. being aggressive w hen required
    9. coolness under pressure
    10. dealing with your fear
    11. developing your command pressure
    12. developing your will to survive and win at all costs

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstration, physical practice, audio/visual material
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading texts, physical practice, writing notes, proficiency testing and written examination.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. The Monadnock Defensive Tactics System by Joseph J. Truncale and Terry Smith.
  2. THE CLAMP Basic Student Manual by Chris & Larry Lein.
  3. The Student Curriculum Handbook for the MEB (Monadnock Expandable Baton) course.
  4. Persuader Defense Systems Manual by Joseph J. Truncale (You will also need a Persuader baton key chain for this part of the course).
  5. Various Handout material may also be included in this course.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Mid-Term Proficiency and Written Examination
  2. Final Proficiency and Written Examination
  3. Mid-Term and Final Research Papers

XI.   Other Course Information

Class attendance required and being in class on time.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.