Krav Maga for American Law Enforcement has the primary objectives of Officer Safety and Subject Control. In the past, most AC/DT systems for LE focused on control techniques that are designed to minimize the likelihood of injury to a suspect while taking custody thereby avoiding lawsuits to the agency. The problem was that those techniques never work in the real world environment when a suspect is actively fighting or attacking an Officer. A ‘wrist-lock’ takedown to cuffing technique really only really works 1-on-1 if the suspect allows it to. This lead to officers wasting time trying ineffective techniques, allowing suspects to gain the upper hand in an altercation, and causing Officers to have to escalate force far beyond what may have been called for in the first place.
The Krav Maga Defensive Tactics system was designed specifically from the other direction…that is, that we train officers what to do when it has gone bad, seriously bad. We first give them the tools to survive violent encounters, and then build in control tactics and techniques that put the officer on the high ground once the situation is beginning to be controlled. We repeat this mantra over and over…”Stop the problem, gain safe control…..Stop the problem, gain safe control.” In a nutshell that is exactly what the system is designed to do.
Because we give officers life saving tools that not only work but are proven time and time again to work in the street under stress, we are inherently also giving the officers a higher command presence, and that leads to fewer violent altercations in the street. We approach every contact from a position of advantage or of control…of the situation, our environment, and of the subject.