Out of the 18,000 agencies in the U.S., over 70% have fewer than 25 officers (IACP, 2018)!
Surprised? I know I was when I first read those numbers. It seems like when most people think about police agencies, they think about departments like CPD, LAPD, and NYPD. It's easy to forget that agencies of these sizes are the exception rather than the norm. There are many departments out there that literally only have 1 officer.
And with small agencies (which generally means less than 50 officers) comes three considerations in terms of the need for non-lethal force training:
These considerations point us back to a good option for addressing those three areas to build a solid training foundation in non-lethal use of force. And that's martial arts training.
I've been addressing this topic a lot lately. I've had two magazine appearances discussing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for law enforcement. One in April and coming next month!
Check out this article that I was interviewed for in The Municipal magazine (p. 22) this month!