Throughout the month of January, deputies with The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office underwent an extensive defensive tactics course. The certification course took place over several days and was taught by Sergeant Josh Cummins and Sergeant Chris Ungles. Both Sergeants are certified Instructors in Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT), ASP Baton and Handcuffing and also have training in Krav Maga. The deputies received training on how to control subjects by applying as little as 2 pounds of finger touch pressure to selected pressure points on the head and neck. The deputies also learned to neutralize an aggressive assault with a basic system of blocks, punches, and kicks, designed to control a subject with minimal chance of injury. Training in weapons retention, weapon disarming, handcuffing and use of a baton was also included.
The initial course certified all students in the Pressure Point Control Tactics System. After the initial training course, deputies will return to the training on a bi-monthly basis to sharpen and hone the skills they are taught.
“With the growing dangers toward law enforcement, I want to provide our deputies with an effective and efficient system of hands on defensive tactics. By utilizing this training, I believe that it will increase the safety of not only our deputies but the citizens they serve.” Sheriff Bobby Rader said.
The training is not exclusive to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. All surrounding law enforcement agencies are invited to attend the future training courses throughout the year. Sheriff Bobby Rader has also tasked Sergeant Cummins and Sergeant Ungles with developing a defensive tactics course for women that will be offered to the public free of charge later in the year.