Pleased to see the Force Science Research Center unveiling new research on police training. Looks like it will be addressing issues well known in the community, and in LE training circles, but not within the halls of training academies and agency mat rooms – that someone with basic, realistic jujitsu skills would have a far easier time managing some of the embarrassing or controversial force encounters in which we see officers engaged.
Of course there is much more to police work: tactics, law, liability, communication and threat assessment skills, and weapons capability, which it looks like FSI will be getting into as well.
Can we hope for change? For real, meaningful transformation in how training is conceived, delivered, and applied in the field, over simply changing policies and adopting new slogans and buzz words?
Dunno – just saw this quote from this article in USA Today. It’s sort of a step in the right direction (emphasis mine):
“Some police departments are also taking a new look at what they call “hands on” force. Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said his department is considering whether to institute refresher training in grappling techniques used to subdue suspects. At present, recruits get the training, but it was discontinued long ago for veteran officers because it was causing too many injuries among them.
“Grappling is not the only answer, but it is one more tool,” officers can use to prevent escalation to deadly force, Moore said in an interview. “It is only going to improve their readiness.”