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Law Enforcement Officer Defensive Tactics

by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

Aug. 19 - 23, 2024
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
Willard Airport Training Center
Airport Road - Building Q-7
Savoy, IL 61874
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

  • Procedural Justice (4hrs)
  • De-escalation Techniques (16hrs) & (9hrs) of scenario based credit
  • Officer Safety Techniques, Including Cover, Concealment, and Time (12hrs) & (5hrs) of scenario based credit


This course is the outcome of the FBI re-evaluating their defensive tactics program.  The course will focus on individual grounded survival and weapon retention.  Individual standing to clinch to takedown methods.  Also including teamwork options and standard operating procedures for non-compliant subjects using two- and three-man teams.

The program is a grappling centric, law enforcement specific control and survival tactics system. It is based heavily on the principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling adapted for police use to enable an officer to effectively close distance and engage a resisting subject as part of an arrest team or in a non-compliant arrest scenario.

Additionally, the program will also give officers the skills to improve their position, move to a more dominant one, and control the subject in a one-on-one ground entanglement while retaining their weapon system and limiting the amount of damage the officer takes or inflicts on the resisting subject.

Recommend Equipment:   Mouthpiece, Tactical pants, Strong belt (5.11 or similar), T-shirts and rash guard (can be worn underneath), Towel, Water,  

Optional Equipment:  Pistol belt/vest, Duty Holster (able to fit Glock 17 or 19), Athletic Tape 


  • Individual grounded survival
  • Wall fighting
  • Team takedown
  • Weapon retention
  • Striking and clinch fighting

Presented by

Federal Bureau of Investigation


Please register for this course by August 5.