Krav Maga for Law Enforcement

The Krav Maga Worldwide™ Force Training Division (KMWFTD) has taken important steps to refine Krav Maga for the needs of American law enforcement.

Keenly aware of use-of-force and liability issues facing law enforcement, KMWFTD is constantly updated in consultation with use-of-force experts (including district attorneys, police liability defense lawyers, police administrators, and defensive tactics instructors) to provide real-world effectiveness and defensible applications of reasonable force, which is where Krav Maga for law enforcement comes in.

Our approach is simple “stop the problem and take safe control as quickly as possible.” Officer safety is paramount—before, during and after a confrontation. We deal with compliant, resistive, assaultive/high risk and life-threatening situations. And we teach non-lethal combat training that includes hand-to-hand combat.

Our instructional staff consists of currently sworn law enforcement officers. Our U.S. Chief Instructor, Darren Levine, is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. He lectures frequently on use-of-force issues. This team established a defensive tactics system that protects law enforcement officers from harm and law enforcement agencies from liability.

We provide Instructor Certification Courses, Seminars (end-user training), Private Courses and Customized Courses to meet your needs. We have mobile training teams that travel to provide training and currently support over 2000 Military and Law Enforcement Instructors around the world.

The Krav Maga for law enforcement training curriculum has been divided into different areas:

  • Combatives (use of personal weapons)
  • Self-Defense
  • Weapon Retention (in the holster, out of the holster, standing and on the ground)
  • Defenses Against Handgun Threats
  • Defenses Against Long-Gun Threats
  • Long-Gun Retention
  • Defenses Against Edged Weapon Threats and Attacks (to include improvised edged weapon defenses)
  • Defenses Against Blunt Weapon Attacks (sticks/pipes/impact weapons)
  • Utilizing an Impact Weapon for Defensive Purposes and Striking
  • Ground Fighting and Tactics for Law Enforcement Application
  • Arrest and Control Tactics
  • Searching and Handcuffing
  • Hostage Situations
  • Special Operations (i.e. Suicide/Homicide Bomber)

The Krav Maga system has received international recognition and highly practical defensive tactics system ideally suited for law enforcement. We have trained over 500 agencies in the United States.

Krav Maga for modern-day law enforcement can be particularly useful because most agencies cannot afford the luxury of prolonged training courses for their personnel. Krav Maga is quick, effective and both easily learned and retained.

Krav Maga emerged in an environment where extreme violence, mostly of a political nature, was common. It has had ample opportunity to be tested and improved under real-life conditions. No defensive tactics system in the world is more street and battle-tested than Krav Maga.

According to Krav Maga-trained law enforcement instructors, the most important and striking characteristics of the system are:

Retention of training

Because the system is based upon common principles and natural/instinctive movements, officers retain Krav Maga techniques with minimal review and practice.

Practical techniques

Krav Maga emphasizes effectiveness and simplicity. This street system provides realistic defenses against a variety of aggressive attacks, whether the assailant is armed or unarmed.

Performance under stress

Krav Maga’s unique, reality-based training is designed to improve the officer’s emotional and physical response to danger. These methods develop the ability to recognize danger at the earliest stages, react without hesitation, and escalate and de-escalate with the appropriate level(s) of force.

Use-of-force issues

Krav Maga enables officers to deal with the most violent offenders they encounter, while remaining acutely aware of reasonable use-of-force and civil liability issues facing law enforcement.

These are all crucial factors that must be considered in the development of any defensive tactics program.

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