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Course Description:  The focus of this course is to recognize a suspect's precursors to violence towards the law enforcement officer.  The course includes methods to recognize verbal and non-verbal cues/gestures of resistance or assault.  Students will learn to identify a subject's ulterior motives and deceptive techniques.  Numerous case studies involving actual police footage will be examined to highlight the behavioral signs of attack.  Common pitfalls that officers may experience will be discussed.  The course also offers mental and physical tactics that the officer should use to prevail during an assault.
Instructional Hours:  1 Day/8 Hours
Instructional Objectives:  After completion, the student will be able to:
  • Explain non-verbal and verbal communication, as it relates to behavior most often present prior to assault or escape behaviors.
  • Explain the fight or flight response and how it relates to a subject's decision making.
  • Recognize common pre-attack posturing and communication tactics.
  • Use effective techniques to diffuse hostility and aggression in the initial stages of a potential attack.
  • Explain various warning signals that justify Use of Force.

Course Completion Requirements: Students must complete and pass a 7-question knowledge check.

Audience: PSP, MP, LEO, LCE

MPOETC CLEE Hours:  6 - CLEE ID#  CLE00525

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.
Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.


NETC1/7/2020 9:00 AM1/7/2020 3:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3659No
Maximum of 30 students
NETC2/12/2020 9:00 AM2/12/2020 3:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3659No
Maximum of 30 students
Other, See Notes2/4/2020 9:00 AM2/4/2020 3:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3659No
Maximum of 20 students
This class will be held at:
Troop F, Montoursville
899 Cherry Street
Montoursville, Pennsylvania
SETC2/3/2020 9:00 AM2/3/2020 3:00 PMSETC Commanding Officer, 610-584-8633No
Maximum of 24 students