“Society has changed and as a result, there has been a dramatic increase in drug overdoses, violent crimes and assaults on First Responders in our communities. There is a gap in survival tactics training and a missing survival gear element in the First Responder Community and we are going to fill it.”
The Heroes Self Defense Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a passion to fill the gaps in life saving training and equipment to help keep our front line Heroes and our Communities safe. Our volunteer Cadre of Military Veteran and Law Enforcement Professionals bring their experiences in Police Training, Military Leadership, and Jiu Jitsu to help make our mission successful.
Our Military Veterans and First Responders took an oath to protect and serve our communities and families so we need to do that we can to ensure they make it home to theirs! All members of the HSDF Team have full time jobs and full time families but we believe in the old saying, "It takes a village" so we are paying it back and we would love for you to be a part of it!
Police Defensive Tactics are. Defensive Tactics are what a Police Officer may use to protect themselves or someone else from an aggressive/combative subject or gain compliance from a resisting subject. These are options that an Officer would have to choose from when the use of a higher force is not necessary or justified.
Police academy defensive tactics training, in general, is designed to give recruit officers the basic entry level training. This can include non weapon techniques such as de-escalation, creating space, blocking strikes, controlling, striking (boxing), and ground fighting. While boxing and striking have their purposes and can be useful, they are not always the most efficient or effective against someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs or suffering from an extreme mental disorder which occurs more often than you would think. On top of that, the Officer can cause more injury to the suspect than intended and can injure their self as a result. More and more of society is taking up boxing and mixed martial arts for sport and if an untrained officer faces someone of that background with insufficient training, the results can be detrimental. Ground fighting may consist of a handful of standing and ground control techniques, how to get back to their feet, and weapon retention. It's a good start, however it is perishable training that needs to be continued and built on. After graduating from the police academy, the average police agency across the nation only requires Officers to attend defensive tactics update training four hours every two years. Some agencies require more and some require less. After graduating from the police academy, Officers have a few options. They can do nothing, attend defensive tactics elective training at their academy, or attend a local martial arts training center. Academy elective training is a great opportunity but it's not offered enough and not all agencies have access to this kind of training. Not all martial arts training centers harvest the most police friendly which can result in unnecessary injuries and fear to train. The absolute worse time for an Officer to find out their training is not sufficient is when they have already been pushed in the pool. We need to give them more swimming lessons. Considering what we just talked about, what can we really expect from Officers who will be required to complete more administrative training throughout their career than training that will keep them, the suspect and the community safe? Not as much as we currently do. For these reasons we offer opportunities for Officers to increase their level of training and become more confident in their hands on skills.
Military Police Officers are the the protectors of our Country and while their mission is now more combat oriented than old school policing, MPs still receive the same combatives training that the rest of the military receives. That’s like playing checkers with someone that knows all your moves. We offer actively serving Military Police Officers (from any branch) the same opportunity to attend our workshops to compliment their training as well.
EMS Professionals receive an abundance of life saving medical training but they don't receive training to save their own life in Self Defense. With drug overdoses and patients suffering from extreme mental disorders, assaults on EMS Professionals are on the rise. From the scene of a motor vehicle crash, to medical call at a residence, the back of an ambulance or at the hospital, EMS Professionals are right in the mix and left defenseless.
Law Enforcement Canines
Unfortunately, a lot of police canines units are considered non-essential by their agency and are not always supplied with the equipment they need or the funding with approximately 90% off all LEO K-9 units rely on donations to function. Canines are called upon to apprehend the most violent criminals in the most dangerous situations, but they are not always afforded the same protection as human Officers. If an agency does not purchase a ballistic vest for the canine, it will go without protection until the handler purchases one or funds can be donated. We recognize this deficiency and work with Law Enforcement agencies to determine the need for canine ballistic/knife protection vests. We work with a reputable company that provides custom made vests at a discount of $1,800 each so we rely heavily on sponsors to help with these purchases.
Much like human Police Officers, Canines are also sometimes injured in the line of duty while apprehending suspects and in vehicle crashes. In January 2019, an HSDF team member's patrol vehicle was struck by a drunk driver causing traumatic injuries to the K-9. The outpour of support and care packages received from all over the country provided an amazing mental and physical calm not only to the canine but the handler as well. Since then, we have made the decision pay that forward and and partner with Tanners Endless Love and Concord Pet to send care packages to injured police canines throughout the country. How cool is that! Check out our Furry Heroes page for canines we’ve helped with your support.
To finish up;
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From all of us here at the Heroes Self Defense Foundation,
Thank you for listening to our story and we appreciate your support!
The Heroes Self Defense Foundation Team