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Midwest City Police Department maintains priority of safety in Defensive Tactics Program

BY KAY HUNT, City of Midwest City Modified: September 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012
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MIDWEST CITY -- The Midwest City Police Department places safety as the highest priority in everything they do.

As a result, the MWCPD has a long standing defensive tactics program that contains both regular training and reviews of both the department’s use of force policy and real world occurrences.

Basic police officer defensive tactics are ongoing and constantly changing throughout a police officer’s career. Safety is the primary focus of the program.

Officers are trained to use the minimum amount of force necessary when taking a combative individual into custody.

The use of force available to police officers is governed by Federal Law, Oklahoma State Law, Municipal ordinances, and police department policy.

According to the department, anytime a Midwest City Police officer uses a level of force, ranging from the minimum amount up through deadly force, the incident is reviewed by first line supervisors, police department command staff and the lead defensive tactics instructor.

As a result, the defensive tactics program is constantly modified and updated as training needs are identified and implemented.

Because safety awareness and personal defense are also a very important issue to the public, the department offers classes which are available upon request to groups and organizations for four to eight hour sessions. These sessions train in basic self defense techniques and safety awareness.

Participants learn to be aware of their surroundings and learn the tools they need to make safe assessments.

If you would like more information about the defensive tactics program, or to schedule a personal defense session, please contact Major Robert Cornelison at 739-1335, or Sgt. Karl Landers at 739-1327.

If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1.


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