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Title: Learning To Survive: Making It Realistic Improves Retention
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:48  Issue:4  Dated:April 2000  Pages:113-116
Author(s): Jim Weiss; Mary Dresser
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 4
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Type: Instructional Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the self-defense system of Tony Blauer called S.P.E.A.R. (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response).
Abstract: This defense system is appropriate for any officer, regardless of size or gender. The technique does not involve adding new equipment nor is it a karate-style system of self-defense tactics. It is a combat system based on human behavior. S.P.E.A.R begins from a nonviolent posture, creating rapport within any interaction with a suspect and allowing an officer to get close to the suspect without telegraphing any defensive moves. Every nonviolent stance used in the officer's movement can be a fighting stance. The intent of the system is not to appear aggressive while at the same time being prepared for any resistance the suspect might pose. The moves designed in S.P.E.A.R. prepare and guide the officer in moving forward against any aggressor with quick, flexible movements designed to counter the particular types of resistance offered. Overall, the system is designed to prevent an attack or resistance by developing verbal and behavioral rapport with the suspect so as to prevent or reduce the intensity of any attack; however, the officer is also trained to move immediately and rapidly into an attack mode should the situation warrant it.
Main Term(s): Police safety techniques
Index Term(s): Police safety; Police-citizen interactions; Resisting arrest
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