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 Course Title:   Defensive Tactics

 Title Abbreviation:   DEFENSIVE TACTICS

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    107

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3.5

 CIP:    430104

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Basic defenses and counter measures against offensive attacks. Methods used with the aggressive or violent and those affected by drugs and alcohol. Discusses use of force models, mechanics of arrest, and reporting requirements.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the general guidelines that allow for the proper use of physical force.
  2. List at least four major reasons for justifying the use of physical force.
  3. Describe the “LADDER” or continuum of force as prescribed by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  4. Define and list elements of the Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary strike zones.
  5. List three guidelines for the use of force.
  6. List the issues that the courts consider when determining if the use of force was excessive.
  7. Define which Constitutional Amendment is most commonly used to invoke the Civil Rights Act in issues of excessive force.
  8. Demonstrate the techniques shown and define the primary and secondary components of each.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.4 Evaluate decisions by analyzing outcomes and the impact of actions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Use of physical force.
  2. Defensive tactics and self-defense.
  3. “LADDER” in relation to Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
  4. Primary, secondary, and tertiary strike zones.
  5. Civil Rights Act and constitutional amendment.
  6. Issues that the courts consider in regard to excessive force.