*  "If the department doesn't pay for my training, I can't afford it!"

If Robert Magnuson had felt that way, as he put it; "It wouldn't have mattered much from six feet under, I knew that like the ballistic vest, I couldn't afford NOT to have it!"

     In many cases, more than there should be, law-enforcement officers feel apprehensive or restricted when it comes to their own defense.  By law, for most officers, they must attend classes at a "recognized" law-enforcement academy.  That is good, for many reasons, but generally these classes are strong on "law", "paper procedures" and the like, but weak on easily learned and effective, mental and physical, defense strategies.  It is a fact, that many of the defenses and "subject" control practices, that they learn, are not as effective as they should be in the practical world.  They "look good", are accepted as proper and seem to work at the academy, but you need more than "looks" to be truly effective.  The defenses have to be easy to learn and easy to perform.  Not after several weeks of training, but immediately after working them for the first or second time.

     The majority of individuals that officers take into custody "allow" them to do so because of either or all of the following three reasons:

(1) They "fear" the officer or

(2) They respect the law and the "badge"

(3) They feel like they're in enough trouble already

     But, what about the minority, who neither "fear" the law nor respect it?  There are also the individuals who feel that "they have nothing to lose", by resisting in whatever means necessary and/or available.  I have found through several years of research, that most officers don't realize what their "subjects" are capable of doing in neutralizing the procedures that they are presently using.  They feel that their restraint (cuffing and control) methods are all that they require, as they seem to work pretty well most of the time.  That's the dig, "pretty well most of the time"!  That isn't good enough!  Some feel that their "size", "strength" and/or "physical weapons" are all the neutralizers they need.  There are many officers and their families who have sadly found out differently, all over this country.  It's the everyday one-on-one repetitive tasks, which have proved this wrong, time after time.

     The general purpose behind our training is relative to the following statement:

"The unwillingness to work, study, review and/or improve your law-enforcement tools may someday end up putting fear and/or apprehension above purpose.  This resistance due to ego and pride, very prevalent with in this occupation, is to build a blueprint for disaster".  These types of classes, although not a preventative for things going wrong, do further reduce somewhat the chances for it.

We not only instruct in "subject" controls, but in role reversal's, whereas the "subject" and officer switch places.  The officer is then shown escape and control methods which better educate the officers in the dangers that face them, day in and day out.  We can not over emphasize the importance of the "LEAS" system incorporation of "reverse scenario's".  This is where the officer learns to better understand the capabilities of their subjects.  Why should only the incarcerated be training in control reversal's?

     The end results desired of our program are:

(1) Increased awareness and safety of the officers

(2) Reduction of possible "liability" issues that are all too common

      today, when serious injury to the subject and/or officer is not necessary.

     The program at our location is broken down into 4 classes, of which you may participate in one, two, three or all four.  Classes 1 and 2 (most common and most necessary) are $20.00 each, Classes 3 and 4 are $15.00 each, or all four for $70.00.  "Class 1" is scheduled for 5 hours, "Class 2" is 4 hours and "Classes 3 and 4" are approximately 2 hours. (Time may vary dependent upon number of participants)

"Class 4" is totally optional.  We highly recommend classes one and two together as the philosophies and strategies of class 1 is the background for class 2.  If you have a training area at your department, and you so desire, we will come to your location for $350.00. (regardless the number of participants).

Class coverage is as follows:

           Class 1: Non-weapon involvements (minimum of 5 hours - plan for at least 6)

           Class 2: Weapon involvements (minimum of 4 hours - plan for at least 5)

           Class 3: One commission with one or two officer traffic stops

                          (Includes tactics from Class 1)

           Class 4: "Stops" type program information (optional program)

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As a final note, with regard to our training, reflect on the following of Robert Magnuson:

*  "If the department doesn't pay for my training, I can't afford it!"

If Robert Magnuson had felt that way, as he put it; "It wouldn't have mattered much from six feet under, I knew that like the ballistic vest, I couldn't afford NOT to have it!"

     We feel that regardless of whether you or your department pays for this up-to-date and modern day training, your life is worth much more than the minimal cost of our training system.  The safety of the officer, subject and bystanders all benefit.

     Our resulting desire with this program is to develop a positive psychological approach to, and the safest physical control of, each situation encountered.  Our training assists in preventing injury to the officers and the subjects themselves.

Dennis L Wissler (Architect of the system))

The following is an e-mail response from Robert Black of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy that helps clarify the misconceptions over the years in regard to, "certified", "approved", authorized, ok'd, etc.:

The ILEA does not advocate any one program to the exclusion of others.  I am aware that there has been a perception over the years that the Academy has the power to dictate to departments that their training must mirror the programs offered in the basic course curriculum.  However, that is a misguided notion, and in effect relegates officers to repeat "first grade" throughout their careers.  Certainly, use of force programs offered to police officers should be consistent in terms of their approach to the lawful execution of appropriate and reasonable actions for given circumstances.  Yet there may be many different ways of accomplishing this while remaining within the standard of reasonableness.

Currently PPCT Management Systems, Inc., is only one of many contributors to the content of the physical tactics course for basic officers.  No certain "system" is taught, but rather the course includes techniques and strategies from a number of disciplines.  We have no magic wand that would amount to the best approach for every officer in every circumstance.  Our goal is to teach principles, and we use various techniques as the vehicle.

You are correct - officers are encouraged to engage in training on a regular basis in fighting disciplines of their choosing.  Not everyone can wear the same size trousers.  Officers are not relegated to use any certain techniques to the exclusion of others - they simply need to be effective and reasonable under the circumstances of the encounter.

Your training program(s) need not be OKed by the Academy.  ILEA is not a POST agency.  It is up to each individual department head to authorize training in his/her department.  If the department trainer with whom you work has questions, feel free to have them give me a call.

Robert Black

Director of Physical Tactics

*  By permission of:

    Sergeant Robert Magnuson, F.T.O., and DT - Instructor: Canfield, Ohio Police Department

Contact Dennis Wissler for detailed info at dtsystem@aibudo.com

Training available at our Cambridge City, IN location


Off-Site at your locations in East Central Indiana

Fees vary dependent upon location and number of participants

If you find our philosophies, strategies and techniques,

as a whole and complete system, aren't viable,  you need not pay!

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