• Program: Law Enforcement
  • Course: Defensive Tactics
  • Course #: LAWE2280
  • Total Credits: 2

Course Description

This course will include instruction in the areas of Defensive Tactics and Active Shooter Response.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Apply escalation and de-escalation tactics and procedures in the use of force continuum
Describe use of elements of deadly force by peace officers
Demonstrate the ability to write factual, concise reports
Show proper three point search position
Practice procedures for confronting suspects and placing him/her under control or arrest
Demonstrate proper verbal articulations in a variety of control based scenarios
Demonstrate the ability to deal with various reactions of violators
Employ proper tactics in dealing with suspects possessing weapons
Demonstrate weapon retention techniques
Demonstrate weapon disarming techniques
Demonstrate the ability to prioritize missions during active shooter situations
Demonstrate tactics necessary for active shooter situations

Minnesota POST Board Learning Objectives:
1.1.2 Discuss barriers to clear communication, e.g. language, stress, bias, lack of common cultural
1.2.5 Discuss discretion and how it differs from selective enforcement.
1.4.1 Describe decision-making processes and models.
1.4.2 Define the term discretion and discuss when and why peace officers use their best judgment in the
administration of justice and when discretion is not allowed.
1.4.3 Discuss factors that influence police officer use of discretion.
1.4.4 Based on written scenarios involving law enforcement: describe decisions officers must make, suggest
appropriate actions, and defend those decisions and actions.
1.4.5 Based on scenarios of peace officer situations, practice making decisions in real time.
1.8.9 Explain why physical fitness attributes including cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, agility, strength,
speed, and endurance are important to peace officer health, well-being and competence.
1.8.10 Explain the importance of and strategies for physical conditioning, good nutrition and healthy eating
habits for peace officers.
3.9.1 Perform stretching, aerobics and conditioning exercises at the direction of an instructor as part of an
overall fitness program to enhance strength, agility, flexibility, speed, and cardiovascular endurance.
3.9.2 Pass a physical fitness test with an overall accumulative passing score.
3.9.3 Perform peace officer duties requiring physical fitness.
3.14.9 Explain characteristics of a civil disturbance/disobedience and how it varies from criminal activity.
3.14.10 Explain tactics and formations for managing a civil disturbance.
4.1.1 Describe and demonstrate command presence and tactically safe approach techniques in a variety of
law enforcement situations.
4.1.2 Demonstrate “soft” empty hand control tactics that may be used on passive resistive subjects and
resistive subjects and explain why the use of a particular control technique is reasonable given the
circumstances known including: distraction techniques, joint manipulations, pressure points, escapes
from holds and grasps and come-along from escort techniques.
4.1.3 Demonstrate “hard” empty hand control techniques that may be used on aggressive, resistive
subjects and explain why the use of a particular technique is reasonable give the facts and
circumstances known including: blocks with hands, arms and legs, countermeasure striking techniques
using hands, arms, elbows, legs, knees and/or feet, counter striking techniques use in ground fighting
situations, appropriate verbal commands coinciding with use of force decisions and proper
application of neck restraint.
4.1.4 Explain when to handcuff and risks related to improper handcuffing and failing to handcuff.
4.1.5 Demonstrate proper handcuffing techniques from several positions and under a variety of
circumstances including: proper use of clear and concise verbal commands, techniques for use with
cooperative and uncooperative subjects, team handcuffing techniques; both standing & prone, tactical
positioning and subject control during handcuffing and searching, proper application of handcuffs
(placement, tightness) and double locking, and proper positioning and transporting of handcuffed
4.1.6 Explain the risk factors for sudden in-custody death including symptoms of respiratory and cardiac
distress and diabetic shock and explain the implications of excited delirium.
4.1.7 Demonstrate ground fighting tactics including defenses and escapes from positions on the ground or
floor including: escapes from the top superior position and the bottom superior (supine) position,
escapes from headlocks and chokeholds, defending from four barriers: feet, knees, hands and elbows,
and practice in multiple subject and multiple officer scenarios.
4.1.8 Explain and demonstrate basic techniques for use of the baton and impact weapons including: draws
and grips with batons, stances and carrying techniques with batons, uses of the baton for physical
control techniques, uses of the baton as a blocking instrument, uses of the baton for striking,
identification of body target areas for striking, and baton retention techniques.
4.1.9 Explain the make-up and characteristics of chemical agents, electronic control weapons used by peace
4.1.10 Demonstrate basic techniques for the reasonable use of an electronic control weapon (ECW)
(demonstrations may or may not include actual discharge of the device) including: deployment
methods, firing vs. drive stun, proper aftercare and probe removal, carry location and retention of E.
C.W., and safety guidelines on duration and number of cycles applied.
4.1.11 Demonstrate basic techniques for the reasonable use of chemical agents (demonstrations may or may
not include actual discharge of the chemical agent) including: delivery systems and methods for
chemical agents, dissemination methods of chemical agents, factors to be considered before deploying
chemical agents, familiarization with the effects of chemical agents on a subject, actual or simulated
exposure to chemical agents in simulated law enforcement scenarios, and after-care considerations and
decontamination procedures.
4.1.12 Demonstrate operation of and proficiency with weapons used by peace officers including impact
weapons, electronic control devices, and chemical agents.
4.2.1 Explain and demonstrate weapon retention and disarming techniques including: - tactical positioning
for gun retention defense, - retention of holstered weapons, - drawn handgun retention techniques, -
disarming techniques, and - long gun retention techniques.

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 0
  • Lab: 2
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Admission into the Law Enforcement Program
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park

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