Threat Pattern Recognition and PPCT Use of Force Instructor

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Joseph (Little Joe) Ferrera, Sergeant – Southfield Police Department, Retired. Joe is a staff instructor for PPCT and the Oakland Police Academy with over 40 years of police experience. Joe has spent 30 years training police officers across the country.

Course Description:

This course will provide the newest research in the area of officer survival during an unexpected close-quarters firefight. This research examines Human Factor Sciences, which is the study of human capabilities and human limitations within a specific domain.

This research has led to the current system of teaching threat pattern recognition and a specific response selection to deal with the threat. This training will help officers respond faster to threat cues.

Topics Include: 

  • Speed Cuffing
  • Distraction Techniques
  • Transport Wrist Lock
  • Arm Bar Takedowns
  • Inside Takedowns
  • Rear Takedowns
  • Pressure Points for low-level resistance
  • Defensive Counter Strikes with arms and legs
  • Baton Striking and Blocking Techniques
  • Handgun Retention and Disarming skills
  • Shoulder Pin Restraining Technique

Required Equipment: Loose fitting clothing or BDUs, boots, training handcuffs, training batons, inert training pistol and duty belt.

Course Details:

- 302 Funds Eligible -