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JLE163:  SPECIAL THREATS


Course Description

This course is designed to give the student a heightened state of awareness, both on and off duty. This class explores the times that officers can be most vulnerable, how to avoid deadly confrontations, accidents, and compromising situations while at the same time elevating awareness and maintaining vigilance. The curriculum includes viable options for the officer to avail themselves of beginning with the recognition of threats, transitions, hostile and aggressive behaviors and the different forms of complacency. The student will be exposed to safety issues involving environments in the office, field, courtroom, institutions and off duty. The student will look at techniques to survive the aftermath of a critical incident. A variety of resources are explored during the class session for the student to utilize. This is a pass/no pass course.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to list techniques for dealing with multiple assailants
  • Students will recognize modern day ambush tactics that are being utilized against law enforcement.
  • Students will be able to explain the difference between a tactical retreat and a retreat.
  • The student will be able to describe the mindset and keys needed by the officer to overcome and survive contacts with these criminal sub-cultures.
  • Students will be able to articulate the techniques of mental conditioning and the importance of mental conditioning in survival of critical incidents.
  • The student will be identify current trends that are being utilized to compromise officer’s safety.
  • Students will outline the effects of hyper vigilance and the devastating effects of complacency personally and professionally.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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