POC-P Police Operations Combatives Program/MAC Modern American Combatives: One Method of Defensive Tactics and Self-Rescue
There are a wide variety of combatives programs, police defensive tactics programs, and martial arts systems out there for the operator to choose from. The priorities might change after you survive the initial attack, regardless of what the attack might be; firearm, edged weapon, impact weapon, or empty hands. Military operators might keep moving after engaging the enemy and police might have to take cover, standby, and take the combatant into custody for criminal prosecution. Regardless of what step two is, you must complete step one and mitigate the attack presented towards you. The POC-P Police Operations (or Officer) Combatives Program/MAC Modern American Combatives offers one option to succeed in step one and step two.
It seems that in the 23 years I have been involved in police work, the military and police objectives have somewhat merged in the sense that the military often operates in urban, city environments, just like police often do, and the military takes prisoners into custody, just as police do. Police utilize military type weapons systems in regular patrol duty (M4s, Glock 18s, etc.), and utilize military type tactics in high-risk scenarios. POC-P/MAC is based on the commonalities of both types of service.
POC-P/Modern American Combatives has been a project of mine for quite a while. I synthesized my martial arts instructor’s (who was a retired army sergeant who served in Viet Nam) techniques and close quarter combat system with the police tactical and patrol operations training that I have received since 1988.
Specific techniques give way to concepts and transitioning. The idea is that instead of teaching firearms one day, then batons the next, then electronic control devices the next, then chemical weapons the next, then empty hands the next day, the entire spectrum of force options is embraced and taught as a reality based system of self-rescue survival and then of rendering the threat harmless.
With the equipment available today such as protective suits, simulated marking rounds for firearms, inert chemical sprays, blue training batons, and inert electronic control device cartridges, regular patrol and tactical events can be created or re-created to allow for a comprehensive training experience for the officer.
There is no “ONE WAY” but many paths that lead to the same result, survival and winning! For the police operator, the arrest of the attacker is also required. Sometimes there is no waiting around for someone else to do it, although back-up will hopefully come and help, the job falls on the victim of the attack (the officer). Unlike citizens who are battered, the officer cannot simply walk away; they must provide medical treatment for the attacker and then take him into custody, as well as process the actual arrest and charge the attacker with the appropriate crime.
My goal is to provide a straight-forward police operator curriculum that will be offered at no cost to agencies who wish to utilize the system. Law enforcement agencies are suffering from so many budget limitations that I am hoping to provide instruction and/or curriculum in the future for any and all law enforcement organizations who wish to implement another “WAY” but certainly not the “ONLY WAY” to survive and to prevail in police combat situations. Stay Safe! And remember “If not me, then who?”