Arrest and Control Programs

Controlling Violent Combatants  - L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat (2 Day)


This is a two day professional development training program for the street officer that is hands-on and mentally challenging. The course is presented in both classroom and physical training format. The program is designed to give officers additional arrest and control strategies and tactics above what they experienced in basic training. This program is also offered in a three day format for a more in-depth training experience.


Officers learn:
  • L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Training System and Principals
  • Risk Assessment and Threat Indicators
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Police Engagements
  • Understanding Energy Value in Physical Engagements
  • Fear Management and Control
  • Police Combat vs. Defensive Tactics
  • Fighting Techniques and Fatigue
  • Circle of Police Combat Training
  • Effective Striking Techniques for Law Enforcement
  • Combative Tactics from the Standing, Kneeling and Grounded Position
  • Team and Individual Offensive Tactics for Immediate Control
  • How to Prepare Accurate Reports Documenting Incidents
  • Officer Fitness for Survival
  • Active Diffusion De-Escalation and Communications Skills
  • Team Approach and Strategies
  • Understanding Mass / Power and Kinetic Energy


Controlling Larger Combatants - "Overcoming Size Differences" 
for Female / Smaller Stature Officers


This two-day law enforcement arrest and control course is designed for all officers since all must address larger suspects. However, female and smaller stature officers truly benefit because size and strength differentials necessitate combat strategies less reliant on pure upper body strength. The concepts and techniques can be utilized by any officer addressing a larger suspect. This course focuses on strategies that can used in multiple encounters. When it comes to controlling larger suspects, strategies, deception and tactics must be used to obtain the advantage. The same L.O.C.K.U.P.® orientation  provides the core of the instruction.  The days are hands-on and mentally challenging.  Officers train and drill in full gear because anything else makes no sense.
Officers Learn:

  • L.O.C.K.U.P. Police Training System and Principals
  • Situational Awareness
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Identifying Pre-attack indicators
  • Strategies to Access Back Up
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Police Engagements
  • Fear Management and Control
  • Police Combat vs. Defensive Tactics
  • Fighting Techniques and Fatigue
  • Circle of Combat Training
  • Physical Manipulations
  • How to Prepare Accurate Reports Documenting Incidents
  • Verbal Judo and Communications Skills
  • Team Approach and Strategies
  • Understanding Mass / Power and Kinetic Energy
  • Overcoming/ Understanding Size Challenges
  • Using Your Size to Your Benefit
  • Angles of Attack and Escape
  • Proper Weapon and Target Selection
"I had the honor of taking your class for female and smaller stature officers in January 08. On 03.06.08, I was driving with my partner when a fight broke out a local bar. I saw a 6"0, 210 male choking another male and punching him in the stomach. I approached from his 6  and performed a LOCKUP takedown. I maintained control until my backup arrived. If there's anyone who doesn't think L.O.C.K.U.P. works. Here is your evidence. It does! Thank you!" Officer Jen Garcia 5'7 95lbs "


Controlling Violent Combatants in Extreme Close Quarters

This two-day course will instruct students to use physical combative arrest and control maneuvers within extreme close quarter environments. The course is instructed through lectures, demonstrations role play, and practical scenario applications. The focus is on developing a strong knowledge of immediate physical control tactics and techniques that address limited mobility and movements within confined surroundings that restrict an officer's opportunity to use  baton techniques, O.C. Spray or Taser deployments. The techniques are direct, proportionate and measured responses to all levels of resistance and aggression in extreme close quarters.


Officers learn:
  • Combative techniques against a two hand choke in extreme close quarters
  • Understand the principals and concepts of L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System
  • Understand physical and physiological dynamics of combat and performance during close quarter engagements
  •  Learn the importance of “Risk Management for combat”
  • Be able to demonstrate basic combat striking for close quarter engagements
  • Understand principals of gross motor orientated control tactics vs. fine motor skill tactics
  • Demonstrate basic fighting positions within tight physical surroundings
  • Understand the medical implications of various striking techniques and skeletal manipulations using personal weapon
  •  Understanding body fusion and skeletal pinning techniques from the standing, kneeling and grounded positions
  •  Redirection options when confronting an attacking suspect
  •  Close quarter weapon disarming techniques
  •  Counter measures from the guard position with limited mobility
  •  Arm bar techniques for skeletal manipulations
  • Counter measure against a standing rear choke attack
  • Assessing the environmental for immediate threats and environmental aids
  • Headlock countermeasure

 "I responded to a domestic dispute and during a second search of this house I located a partially ajar closet door. I opened the door and the suspect came out from the closet with a closed fist, directly at my face. I performed the LOCKUP takedown in which I learned at your course just days prior. I performed this maneuver without any hesitation. Speaking with the suspect afterwards he explained that his intentions were to fight any police officers and that he was overwhelmed by the LOCKUP techniques. I would like to Thank you and your staff for this knowledge."      Trooper Chad Gomez CSP


LOCKUP Police Ground Fighting  Three - Day Certification


An intensive three-day course that provides in-depth police ground fighting training for the street officer. This program develops a solid foundation of physical manipulation techniques for ground fighting situations. These fighting concepts and maneuvers are based upon the L.O.C.K.U.P.® principals designed for the police officer with full gear in a ground fighting situations. This course is NOT a sport based grappling program. It is designed for law enforcement street engagements and officer  survival.  The course is a physically demanding program designed to train and drill officers tactics needed to survive aggression or resistance.


Officers learn:
  • L.O.C.K.U.P. Police Training System and Principals
  • Risk Assessment and Threat Indicators
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Police Engagements
  • Fear Management and Control
  • Warm Ups/Ground-fighting Basics
  • Police Ground Fighting vs. Grappling
  • Fighting Platforms
  • Takedowns to Handcuffing
  • Avoiding the Takedown
  • Introduction to Ground Positions
  • Ground Positions (Maintaining/Escaping and Reversals)
  • Ground Positions Continued
  • Flow Drills/Weapon Retention
  • Striking on the Ground
  • Submissions/Applying and Escaping
  • Position/Submission and Striking Drills
  • Weapon Retention
  • Drawing from a Ground Position
  • Fighting Drills (Outdoors)

L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat Arrest and Control

Train the Trainer Course


The five-day Train the Trainer course is a comprehensive and highly challenging physical arrest & control program. It is the basic L.O.C.K.U.P.® system instructor program that prepares officers to become certified L.O.C.K.U.P.® Arrest and Control instructors. The course is instructed through a combination of classroom, hands on instruction and training drills to facilitate retention among attending students. The system can easily be incorporated into any present law enforcement system as modules our instructed as the primary system.

Instructor candidates learn:

  • Risk Management for Confrontations
  • Legal Aspects of Use of Force
  • Report Writing, Documentation and Tracking
  • Instructional Methods and Techniques
  • Understanding Factors for Victory or Defeat
  • Controlling and Managing Fear
  • Physiological and Physical Changes During Combat
  • Fighting Maneuvers that Match the Physiological Changes
  • Instructional Techniques That Work For the Individual
  • Proper Striking Systems for Law Enforcement
  • How to Trouble-Shoot Fighting Maneuvers
  • Fighting Techniques and Fatigue
  • Team Communications and Takedowns
  • Ground Fighting
  • Weapon Retention and Takeaways
  • Edged Weapon Defenses and Countermeasures
  • Training for Multiple Assailants
  • Managing and Documenting Training
  • Environmental Training



“The agency has an excellent self defense training program which contributed greatly to their success in low usage of less lethal weapons during this accreditation period"
Assessment of a CT Police Agency Trained in the LOCKUP System.

Captain Howard Niemeier
New Port Kentucky PD · CALEA® Assessment Team



L.E.A.D.S. TM

Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies

This is a classroom based combat-confrontation avoidance course.  Based upon the L.O.C.K.U.P.® combat system, it teaches within a classroom setting how to recognize aggression and to not stimulate aggression.  Students learn Active Diffusion Strategies that can avoid or resolve interactions by employing tactical de-escalation methods or   distraction techniques that promote successful tactical applications when  de-escalation does not work.  Officers must also understand when de-escalation techniques are not working and how to coordinate and deploy successful strategies.  Instruction uses  lectures, demonstrations, scenario building and role play.


Officers Learn:

  • Understanding the principals of risk management for officer safety
  • Identifying indications of hostility through body language
  • Identify professional benefits of active diffusion strategies
  • Learn methods of effective verbal de-escalation strategies
  • Understanding psycho-physiological changes during aggression
  • Learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • Learn methods to re-direct the thought process through positive direction
  • Learn the importance of professional posturing
  • Identity different communications styles with appropriate response tactics
  • Learn methods of motivational interviewing skills
  • Learn methods of distraction to obtain tactical advantages
  • Learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations
  • Learn how to avoid communications that may be negative
  • Learn how active strategies blend with a total law enforcement responses
  • Learn how communication skills and tactics reduce civil liability
  • Learn how communication skills and tactics will reduce civilian complaints

“This was the best training I have ever been to." 
“Great information, having the science background and explanation helped.”
“Showed the reality of what we do and the importance of what tools we need to use.”
“Lt. Dillon  is on point and knows his material. The psychology material is amazing.”
“Excellent course, I look forward to using the material I learned.”
"Learned new tactics and strategies when dealing with people.”