Cutting Edge Training

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Integrated Arrest & Control Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Integrated Arrest & Control Instructor: TRAIN-THE-TRAINER

Focus:  Any peace officer serving as agency trainer.

Length: 32 hours: 

  • Four 8-hour days; or
  • Three 10-hour days (with 2-hours of pre-class required preparation).

NOTE:  Also available in an 8-hour user seminar for officers.

Our 32-hour Integrated Arrest & Control Instructor:  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course is unique in all of law enforcement training: we provide world-class arrest & control training combined with tactical training to create a comprehensively trained Tactical Arrest & Control instructor.

Think about the reality of an officer's duties in contacting, detaining, searching, and arresting an individual.  The officer almost never knows whether the person will be resistive or not, what that person's intentions are, and if that person is armed or not.  Most injuries to police, and the vast majority of shootings result from arrest attempts that go sideways.  Contacting any individual is perhaps one of the most dangerous activities an officer is required to perform in the course of his or her duties.

The act of safely searching an individual (whether through consent or Terry) and/or handcuffing him is not all there is to taking this person into custody in a safe and professional manner--it is simply the end product of a series of actions that began well before the officer contacted the subject.  Your agency trainer must be well-versed in each of the many disciplines that officers require to safely and tactically resolve detentions and arrests.

The following topics are the minimum in course content covered during this unique and revolutionary instructor training course:

  • Methods of Safer Real-World Arrest & Control.  Participants are trained in methods of search and arrest that are easy to perform, non-technical in nature, and are consistent from Terry frisks through Standing Non-Resistive Handcuffing through Known-Risk Felony Prone Handcuffing.  We avoid the "multi-move, high skill" cuffing methods that are so complicated they only work on other cops in training.  Our handcuffing methods have been proven over time in the field from coast to coast to be the simplest yet most safe and effective method of searching and cuffing there is.
  • Practical De-escalation Within the Arrest. The reality of the current state of US society and law requires a "de-escalation-based" mindset. A practical system of de-escalation must be built into every detention and arrest when the subject's or suspect's behavior permits. All de-escalation efforts must be documented--or why they were not possible due to the suspect's actions. This is now a key officer need.
  • Present Safety Issues Involving Commonly Trained Arrest & Control.  Instructor-candidates must understand the dynamics of all presently trained arrest and control systems in order to make a decision regarding the system in which they will train their own agency's officers.  For example, in one 6-week period, three separate incidents in two states saw officers murdered during the handcuffing of apparently compliant subjects--in each case, the officer had one handcuff attached to the subject, the subject shot the officer in the head. Each officer was using the same nationally taught handcuffing method (unfortunately, it is still being taught with no modification).  It is vital to know what you are teaching and how it will be used against you.  Every current arrest & control method will be examined, including the system suggested by Cutting Edge Training, for its strengths, weaknesses, and liabilities (both safety and civil).
  • M.A.P.S. Pre-Assault Indicators.  Knowledge of common threat cues can mean the difference between a no-incident arrest, an arrest by force, or injuries or death to the officer.  The M.A.P.S. system of pre-assault indicators has shown itself to be extremely valuable for rookies and veterans alike.  It assists in understanding subtle and not-so-subtle tendencies and how to read them to enhance officer safety during an arrest.
  • Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act During Arrest.  This block of instruction provides ADA-Compliant methods of arresting and taking into custody those individuals who are disabled.  This prevents civil liability when dealing with the disabled.
  • Mitigating and Preventing In-Custody Deaths.  The likelihood of an in-custody death in your jurisdiction is growing.  These incidents are often recognizable pre-event and, while not commonly preventable, officers need to identify of "Excited Delirium" behaviors that signal a dire medical event early in order to maximize any assistance from EMS.  This training helps prevent the perception of misconduct by officers and mitigate the extremely heavy cost of litigation when an individual's deadly reaction to either licit or illicit drugs causes their death and the police happen to be present.
  • The "6-S's" of Safe Tactical Doctrine.  Every arrest is a tactical exercise that can be done safely or poorly.  Even though most of the time, officers handling an arrest are not forced to pay the consequences for tactical lapses, we see officer injuries and death resulting from poor tactical arrests every year.  It is vital that all Arrest & Control instructors be well-grounded in Safe Tactical Doctrine.  The "6-S's" are a simple yet vital addition to any officer's tactical toolbox, and will make for a safer arrest.
  • Reaction-Response Realities ("Applied OODA Theory"©).  Built into any arrest system must be an acute awareness of and appreciation for the human reality of reaction-response time.  The cliché, "Action is faster than reaction" is a cliché only because it is true.  Too many arrest & control methods assume an "instant" response to any assaultive behavior.  This leads to officer injury and death.  We know that during arrest and search activities officers are goal directed and target focused.  The instructor must have a working knowledge of OODA-based decision-making and the practical realities of officers attempting to reasonably, safely, and tactically take a subject into custody.
  • Constitutional Limits to Detention, Arrest, Search, and Force.  The T.A.C. Instructor must be able to articulate and comfortably teach the laws and limits that officers are bound to during any arrest.  This course provides the trainer with that ability and the material with which to meet that requirement.
  • Articulation and Reasonableness Issues During Arrest.  There are instances in arrests where the officer's ability to articulate his or her actions can mitigate and even eliminate civil liability--if it is documented early.  Knowing what to write and what not to write is important in convincing any jury of the officer's proper conduct.
  • Takedowns for the Real World.  Officers require realistic, simple, "universal takedowns" that are practical and tactical.  CUTTING EDGE TRAINING teaches only two types of takedowns:  The "Universal Head Takedown," and the "Universal Elbow Takedown."  With these takedowns that any officer of any size can perform, the officer is more likely to safely respond to any attempt at assault during an arrest.
  • Multiple Officer Takedowns and Arrest.  Commonly taught multiple officer arrest methods generally require five or more officers to perform.  This is unrealistic for the vast majority of officers in this country who rarely see more than three officers at any call to which they respond.  Therefore, we teach two- and three-officer takedowns.  Again, simple, tactical, practical, and realistic--for real-world officers solving real-world problems!

This course brings outstanding instructional skill to subject control and arrest in a simple format that is constitutionally-based, tactically sound, effective, and easy to apply for every officer in your agency.


The Highest Evolution of Law Enforcement Instructor/TRAIN-THE-TRAINER Training

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING provides the highest evolution of instructor training yet to be devised.  We can boldly say this because we have devoted years to the evolution of how we train the trainers of law enforcement.  We were perplexed that all instructor classes seem to be simply advanced user classes where the participant was expected to fully master the material, teach for five to fifteen minutes at the end of the seminar, and then receive an instructor certificate.  We have worked and changed and fine-tuned our train-the-trainer process until we have what is now the finest method of teaching your trainers to be coaches and leaders in the classroom, mat room, and live-fire range.

This completely different process of bringing ordinary officers into the category of "competent police trainer" is something you'd expect from CUTTING EDGE TRAINING.  We are the original, and, so far, the only police trainers to bring you training that is:

  • Outcome-based:  There are no techniques trained in our system...only "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© featuring the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives,"© and "Applied OODA Theory."©  The only determination of whether the officer's method of defense and control was "correct" is that the officer was not injured and survived, and his/her force response was legally reasonable and within policy--just like in the real-world.
  • Gross-motor skills dependent:  We are the only system that depends solely upon gross-motor skills in our combatives problem-solving efforts.
  • Non-Technical:  "Techniques" are fine-motor skills that routinely fail in the street.  We teach no techniques because techniques only work against willing police officers on the mat and small children.  Instead, we teach you to solve your combatives problems using naturally hard-wired solutions that are easy for every officer, regardless of level of ability.

Our TRAIN-THE-TRAINER courses are the premier "instructor-certification" program for your agency trainers to learn how to train your officers in the reasonable and effective force response and suspect control.


Recertification Program for Instructors

There are NO recertification requirements by CUTTING EDGE TRAINING for instructors.  "Recertification" is and should be a voluntary training activity by the agency and instructor.  While it is prudent to seek to deepen their understanding of the course material offered and get updated information, we believe this is solely a decision made by the instructors and Command Staff.

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING offers its past instructors a 50% discount on tuition when attending an instructor/TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course for a second and all subsequent iterations of that specific course.  We honor the efforts to increase their understanding of teaching "Integrated Combatives Problem-Solving"© through the "Universal Rules and Principles of Combatives"© and "Applied Combatives OODA Theory."©