Law Enforcement Ground Tactics Coaches Certification

Team Hardy Training In Action

I was visiting a regional training academy checking on our recruits as part of my job. It was a defensive tactics day and the new officers were being taught ground escapes. This was an area I had specialized in, so I paid close attention. The technique the recruits were showed was serviceable for a skill but there was no mindset discussion or preparation associated with it. I watched as the two instructors demonstrated the technique several times before sending the recruits off to practice their reps.

I could not help but notice the female recruits, including two from my agency went to the far corner of the room with several other females. There was no instructor in the group with them and they were obviously not confident in what they were practicing. I walked over to the group and started prompting them with some “why” questions, so they could understand the importance of the technique. I spent about an hour helping them get the technique down and could see their confidence increase. In this group was an officer from another agency, Officer EF*.

Fast forward a couple year and EF, applied with our agency and was hired as a lateral officer. I was the academy coordinator and spent two weeks with EF and her class teaching them our agency’s defensive tactics. The bond we had developed at the state academy served us well and her confidence increased exponentially.

In July 2017, EF was involved in a critical incident in which she forced to shoot a male charging another officer with a knife. EF made life saving decisions in split seconds, with no time to think, only her training to fall back on.

At 0430 that morning, following her interviews and processing, I received a text from EF telling me this “I wanted to thank you for all your coaching. I heard your voice talking to me step by step through the incident”.

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This testimony is an example of how we know “coaching” works. I had never taught EF a class on firearms. I had never spent one minute on the range with her or coached her through one qualification. However, what we did was coach her to be confident in her skills, her preparation and herself.

Our goal is to keep as many officers safe, well trained and prepared as possible.

 *Initials used to protect officer confidentiality

This defensive tactics course will certify your officers as coaches in our system with the understanding that we are not training to survive, we are training to WIN!

Jerrod designed and created a Ground Tactics program for his organization and spent the last 13 years of his career refining it and delivering the material to officers of all skills levels. This program was designed to meet the needs of todays challenging environment. It balances tactically sound, fundamentally solid skills, while maximizing limited training time, focused on gross motor skills and simplicity for officer confidence and managing liability both in use of force applications on the street and injury prevention in training.