Cutting Edge Training

America’s Combatives and Liability Trainer Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

("I will either find a way or make one.")

Tactical Duty Knife: Use & Defense for Officers

Tactical Duty Knife: Use & Defense for Officers

Focus:  All commissioned/sworn/reserve officers of any rank.

Length:  8-hours

What is our vision in training cops to employ a knife in a last-ditch, life-or-death situation?  Practical effectiveness balanced with restraint and objectively reasonable, 4th Amendment-based conduct that is defensible by any officer in any venue.

You carry a knife. Most officers carry at least one, and many carry more than one. If you are the average officer, although you use the knife frequently for utility purposes, you carry the knife with the intent of "last-ditch backup."  Many officers flatly state, “I’m going to use my knife if I need it to survive.”

This begs many questions--especially in the post-Ferguson environment:

  • Have you ever thought--really thought it through--about exactly when you will actually use the knife?
  • Have you ever thought about how--and if--you will get it out, get the blade locked open, keep it in your hand while doing all of this, and then employ it when you are under the most vicious attack you can think of--or maybe never wanted to think of?
  • Have you ever thought about how you would actually employ the knife against another person while defending your life?
  • Have you ever thought about the aftermath--what will likely happen to you--following the knife use if you go primitive and hit the suspect 20-30 times before he stops trying to kill or disarm you? 

We have...that's our job.  We listen, research, think, work out, and apply the best ways to keep you alive and employed... even in the worst scenarios you can think of.

We teach the only comprehensive, objectively reasonable, limited employment of the knife by officers.  Why a "limited" police employment?  Solely because of the inevitable political implications that will arise the moment you realize you are still breathing...and maybe he's not.  When and how you use this agency-authorized cutting tool (if your administrators know you are carrying a duty knife, it’s authorized), and how you articulate the decision to employ a knife in your defense, should be a high level concern when the specter of civil--and possibly criminal--liability exposure rears up.

What this training is NOT:

  • We DO NOT teach "Rambo wanna-be's" or turn cops into slashing "Police Knife Fighters"
  • Our classes are NOT a "green beret camp" for police officers
  • We DO NOT teach cops --or civilians--how to "knife fight"
  • We teach NO Filipino/Escrima/Kali/martial arts

We offer only responsible police training that inhibits and helps prevent primitive knife employment by officers.  No multiple stabs and disabling slashes touted, modeled, and trained.  No “knife fighting” is taught--no "knife on knife" drills or scenarios at all-- because officers don’t FIGHT offenders with knives.  Rather, our training is governed by a knife employment philosophy that is professional, considered, practical, rational, realistic, and ultimately, a defensible method of meeting your desperate defense needs utilizing a folding knife.  You learn a method of knife employment that is restrained while simultaneously effective.  This is the only course of its type, where the knife is understood to be a deadly weapon of last resort, and even then, to be utilized in a limited manner that is justifiable and defensible in ANY venue.

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING developed this course to meet the highest standards of physical, legal, and practical survival training.  Its focus is upon the safety of officers and their agencies in all aspects of carrying, deploying, utilizing, and employing the knife when faced with a suspect who is presenting "imminent threat behavior".

  • Safe utility use:  Learn to safely use your knife in every day situations--prevent needless and possibly serious, even career threatening injuries.  Worker's Comp injuries from knives are avoided through proper utility use.
  • Safe emergency rescue use:  Learn to safely and efficiently free a subject from their bonds--without the risk of further injury.  Unless the situation is so pressing that additional lacerations are reasonable, cutting a victim while freeing them may lead to needless civil liability exposure.
  • Real world knife defense:  For 30 years we have researched how real officers in the real world are actually attacked with knives and other edged weapons.  We then built real world defenses for these attacks--all without martial arts, without complication, and without the need for a professional fighter's skills to be successful.  This training is designted and intended for you--the average American officer--to be successful in the worst-case scenario.
  • Reasonable "police" knife employment:  Knife employment that is first, objectively reasonable, based upon the totality of the circumstances known to you at the time, and second, is justifiable in every post-use of force context there is.  It doesn't make sense to teach you how to save your life--and then have you sentenced to 10 years in prison as an ex-cop because a jury doesn't like "how" you used your knife.  Learn to use the knife to save your life in a manner that is, in itself, justified and shows that your actions were reasonable based upon the offender's actions, as well as the latest requirements in articulating that force response to survive both the criminal and civil processes that are sure to follow the employment of the knife.

Developed from the street "in," NOT from the matroom "out."

No "martial arts" or high skill-based techniques are forced on officers in this program.  Rather than taking complicated, contextually-critical techniques (specific defenses to specific attacks from cooperative partners) from the training floor and expecting them to work in the uncontrolled environment of the street, we base our program on the uncomplicated nature of the dynamic human response to conflict.  We bring street reality and functionality "in" to the training for your benefit.

This course is the required pre-requisite for our "Duty Knife Instructor:  TRAIN-THE-TRAINER" course.

"As a law enforcement instructor-trainer and author (The Thinking Officer's Guide to Police Defensive Tactics) I am constantly on the look-out for a new and improved defensive tactics mousetrap.  George T. Williams' Duty Knife course not only provided a new mousetrap, it provided the cheese.  This course will change your view of knife usage in the field." --Perry W. Kelly, International Police Trainer, Author, and Attorney

Instructor/TRAIN-THE-TRAINER course is available.