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Development of Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Training based on Mechanical Advantage Control Holds, M.A.C.H. System™
A Need Perceived...
Controlled F.O.R.C.E. was created by a team of professional instructors dedicated to the concept of providing a complete and effective defensive tactics program. The members of the development team, who each had over 10 years of teaching experience, were determined to develop a program that was easy to learn and use, maintained a high level of retention, and was adaptable to what an officer already knew.
To understand the specific training needs and requirements of law enforcement, the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. development team sought input from public and private law enforcement officials, attorneys, federal agents, use of force experts, and medical practitioners.
After years of research, the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. development team identified a strong demand among law enforcement professionals for an effective, efficient, and comprehensive defensive tactics training program. What the development team found was that, although there were numerous training programs already in use, most lacked qualified instructors or were simply outdated.
Furthermore, feedback from the law enforcement community indicated that defensive tactics training was a vital yet often neglected aspect of training. The development team found that while police officers devoted substantial time and effort in the training and qualification in the use of firearms, relatively little time was devoted to defensive tactics. Contrary to these trends, statistics prove that most police confrontations involve physical restraint without the use of firearms.
The personal safety of police officers becomes unnecessarily jeopardized when they are provided with inadequate or improper training in defensive tactics. More importantly, an untrained police officer threatened with a physical confrontation is three times more likely to resort to the use of deadly force to control the situation. What results is an increased potential for civil and criminal liability for the officer, agency, and municipality.
...A Solution Created
Throughout the research and development of The Controlled F.O.R.C.E. Training System, it became apparent that the major deficiency in most defense tactics training programs was that the student failed to retain what he or she learned. Low retention rates often led to expensive and time-consuming retraining efforts.
In response to this situation, the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. development team designed a program that incorporates a system of instructions that officers already know and understand from prior training. The team’s intentions were not to re-write lesson plans, but rather to adapt to those that were in current use. To do this, the Controlled F.O.R.C.E. team developed a building block system of five controlled holds known as Mechanical Advantage Control Holds™ (M.A.C.H.). This series of holds and body positioning techniques provide officers with a highly retainable set of skills to aid in their continued development in defense tactics training.
The M.A.C.H. System™ helps officers to quickly grasp the principles and techniques involved in the control of body momentum and leverage with increased emphasis on officer and offender safety. Rather than placing reliance on any one technique, Controlled F.O.R.C.E. gives the officer a flexible range of options to control a situation. The system teaches officers how to control an offender through the use of body momentum and leverage (without relying on size or strength), while at the same time placing the offender in a restraint position without risk of excessive pain or injury to either party.
Law enforcement administrations are always subject to budget cuts, and often the first item to go is the training program. However, reducing or eliminating a department’s susceptibility to liability lawsuits and worker compensation is a more cost-effective long-term strategy. Law enforcement must consider ways to improve officer training rather than reduce it. There has always been a need for improved training, and now there is a solution: Controlled F.O.R.C.E.