Preventing violent situations is a critical skill for school staff. It is not only a common legal requirement but also an ethical principal. Special care is needed to protect our young people. This seven hour program is customized for your educational institution.…
Teachers, bus drivers, security, and all of the school staff will gain confidence and peace of mind from our program. Participants in the First Steps class are carefully trained in the warning signs of violence, observation, and use of communication as the initial start to ending a situation. There is an ethical tone throughout the program that participants adopt. Correct attitude and respect are paramount for prevention. It is important that a school staff is taught to maintain a safe position. De-escalation and avoidance are the priority objectives of the program.
Employees are taught to escape from the danger first. Escaping is a natural response to sudden danger. Natural avoidance is reinforced with intense training to become a highly effective defense.
Weapon awareness training is critical for self-defense education. Inert training weapons are used throughout the program to teach the danger, physical mechanics and urgency. For those schools that have armed officers this training methodology blends perfectly with weapon security issues.
Educational institutions should be cautioned against adopting martial arts or police style defensive tactics programs because techniques taught in these programs will not fit the legal requirements of your school, especially in dealing with young people. School administrative staff and security are not police officers or martial artists. Employees with previous experience in other protective professions need reorienting to the new job requirements. Role confusion caused by inappropriate training will likely cause a domino effect of incidents that your organization does not want. In addition, physical conditioning of participants is likely to be assumed in these programs that participants may not have, that can lead to injuries and workman’s compensation claims.
Our program is carefully constructed for people who have low physical conditioning. Through a moderately physical but cognitively challenging program their skill level is increased and injuries avoided. The regular frequency of training over the long term will gain the desired result of employees who can perform on demand with less injury potential to suspects, students or themselves. Scientific research shows regular training in this type of skill is necessary to maintain liability protection.
This program may be followed with the physical control course that covers subduing and handcuffing subjects, for security officers and selected employees.