Saturday, February 8, 2014



Conley Group Security Officers complete the law enforcement Defensive Tactics Qualification Course (DTQC) at the Des Moines Regional Police Academy



Des Moines Senior Police Officer Sone Cam instructs Conley Group Security Officers on the proper use of grappling techniques

A class of Conley Group’s Security Officers completed the Defensive Tactics Qualification Course (DTQC) at the Des Moines Regional Police Academy on February 6, 2014.

According to law enforcement training experts, whenever an officer has to fight a suspect to get him or her into custody, 85% of the time, the scuffle will result in ground fighting.  The objective is always for the police officer or security officer to get the suspect into custody without the officer or the suspect being hurt or killed.  The skills learned in defensive tactics, in conjunction with the weapons our officers carry, teach our officers the proper tactics, techniques, procedures and methods needed give them the highest probability of accomplishing the aforementioned objective safely.

Counter to the security industry standard where guards are not trained nor able to protect themselves or others because they are restricted to “observe and report” only in situations, The Conley Group’s Security Officers are actually able to protect themselves and others, and, are fully authorized to do so.  In fact, our security officers are trained and certified to law enforcement standards with all less-than-lethal as well as with lethal weapons (firearms) they carry.  Our security officers being trained in defensive tactics is a critical part of our overall training and qualification process.

Police defensive tactics are actually broken down into two areas: arrest/detention and control tactics and self-defense tactics.  Overall, defensive tactics encompasses the following topic areas:
  • Striking and Close Quarter Defensive Tactics
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics
  • Weapon Retention
  • Takedowns
  • Ground Fighting and Defense
  • Injury Prevention
  • Edged Weapon Awareness
  • Use Of Force
While the arrest/detention and control tactics and self-defense tactics areas are completely different, they sometimes run together depending on the situation.  Arrest/Detention and Control Tactics are the techniques and skills a police or security officer needs to safely and effectively take a suspect into physical custody.  The idea behind arrest/detention and control techniques is to use minimal physical force to secure a person.  Defensive tactics can also be broken down into two different areas: the skills needed to deal with a person who is resisting arrest/detention or trying to escape from being arrested/detained and the actual fighting skills needed to defend against a person who is physically assaulting or attacking an officer.  Some suspects will physically fight an officer so they can avoid arrest/detention.  This resistance can be anything from simply pulling away from a control hold to striking the officer or even using a weapon.  Most of the time, such resistance is overcome by applying more control with a physical hold or using less-than-lethal weapons.


Before security officers are able to be enrolled in the DTQC, each officer must successfully complete and be certified in the following domains:




Once security officers complete the ASP Collapsible Baton Certification, Tactical Handcuffing Certification, Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.) Spray Certification and DTQC, then and only they are then officially “Tactical Certified” at our company.

The Defensive Tactics Qualification Course is instructed by Des Moines Senior Police Officer Sone Cam.  Officer Cam is a state-certified police defensive tactics instructor and serves as a team leader of the Metro Special Tactics and Response (S.T.A.R.) Team.  He is also the lead defensive tactics instructor for all Des Moines Police recruits.


See all photos of the latest DTQC course completion by Conley Group Security Officers at: https://www.facebook.com/conleygroup

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