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Dates: March 21 - 25, 2022
Hours: 40 hours:  Monday through Friday,   0800-1700 hours daily.
Offered By: Rod Sanford  dba  Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics    (831) 475-9676
Instructor: Rod Sanford
Location: P.I.D.T. Training Center    4626 Soquel Drive,  Soquel,  CA  95073
Certification: P.O.S.T. Certification Plan II, Travel and Per Diem, Backfill Reimbursemen
Tuition: $600
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COURSE GOAL:To update & expand the skill and knowledge of current baton instructors. The course includes a complete review of physical bason techniques as well as developing further teaching and coaching skills.. This course runs simultaneously with the Baton Instructor Certification course.

P.O.S.T. Control #:   1173-23515-21-003

Special Equipment: Leather gear.   Handcuffs and key.  Gym clothes.  Note taking materials. Straight Baton, Expandable Straight Baton, Riot Baton and Side-Handle Baton (Side-Handle Baton is optional).

Materials Provided: Law EnFORCEment, Reasonable Force Options”  “Instructor’s Handbook

Audience: Sworn Peace Officers and retired Peace Officers who are or will be teaching baton tactics within a law enforcement agency, community college or police academy.

Instructors: Lead instructor is Rod Sanford, P.I.D.T. Director.  Assistant instructors are all certified Defensive Tactics, Arrest & Control and Baton Tactics instructors with experience teaching Baton Instructor courses.

Course Objectives

Under the supervision of an instructor the student will:

I.  Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues, liabilities, practices and philosophy of use of force as outlined in Learning Domain 20 of the P.O.S.T. Basic Course.

II. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts of Arrest & Control and Baton Tactics as outlined in LD 33 of the P.O.S.T. Basic Course.  To include: Hazards in approaching suspects, positioning, contact and cover, tactical decision making, tactical communications, basic principles of person searches and restraint devices, prisoner transportation, baton tactics, vulnerable areas of the body, officer performance in close combat situations and integration of force options.

III. Demonstrate an understanding of course development, class planning, instructional techniques and methodology, instructor liability and record keeping for the baton tactics program.

IV. Demonstrate proficiency in the physical techniques of baton tactics with the straight baton &/or side-handle baton, expandable straight baton and riot baton to include: Stance, positioning, footwork and movement, use of the straight baton (Optional side-handle baton), expandable baton and riot baton to defend against common attacks such as punches, kicks, overhead attacks, swinging attacks, and baton retention techniques. 

V. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of special training methods and equipment including the use of air shields, heavy bags and protective suits.

VI. Demonstrate an understanding of basic baton coaching techniques.

VII. Demonstrate the ability to develop a basic lesson plan on an assigned subject in baton tactics.

VIII. Demonstrate the ability to teach an assigned block of instruction in baton tactics to other class participants.

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