I found this conversation with Lieutenant Kevin Dillon (ret) about police combatives training super interesting. Kevin served for 25 years as a police officer, SWAT team member, and detective commander before moving on to become a full time trainer for police departments so he speaks from authority on this topic!
In this episode we talk about his closest calls on the street, how police departments train their officers to fight, degrees of force and escalation in combatives, how to talk somebody down, strategies and tactics that anyone can employ to keep themselves safe, and much more.
It’ll help you get into the mind of a cop’s head and understand what he’s thinking about when he’s pulling you over for a speeding ticket, as well as use police ‘tricks’ to verbally de-escalate a potentially violent situation.
In fact I think the verbal de-escalation portions of this interview are incredibly useful; unfortunately this is an often overlooked area among martial artists who spend an inordinate amount of time practising their punches, kicks, chokes and locks to win a fight without ever thinking about how to avoid that fight in the first place!
Regardless of whether you’re a LEO (law enforcement officer) or a civilian I think you’ll find this useful!
Here is a rough timeline of what Kevin and I talked about on the podcast if you want to skip ahead…
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You can find out more about Kevin and the services he offers to police departments at PoliceCombat.com