Sheepdog Self-Protection Inc delivers training in the following areas:
- Use of Force Theory
- National Use of Force Framework
- De-Escalation Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Officer Safety- including Presence, Situational Awareness, Positioning, Pre-Assault Indicators, and Stress/Fear Management
- Basic Control Tactics
- OC Spray
- Report Writing
- Use of Force Articulation
- Reality Based Training
Our #1 objective is to ensure officers are making it home safe to their families at the end of each shift. “Safe” includes physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically. We provide officers the training and tools to develop their competence and confidence enabling them to do their job safely, effectively, and efficiently.
Method of Delivery:
Kris does not introduce any physical skills before participants demonstrate clear understanding of the legal aspects regarding using force to protect themselves. With great power comes great responsibility. Understanding what your authorities are will increase your confidence and competence and directly impact your ability to use verbal and non verbal communication to de-escalate a situation. Participants are educated on how to walk and talk their way out of a physical encounter before learning the physical skills to protect themselves.
In the case that they have no other choice but to go hands on, participants are educated on how to protect themselves using the minimal amount of force necessary to maintain their safety, gain control over the subject, and/ or disengage and abort to a position of safety. It is one thing to use force to protect yourself. It is another thing to be able to clearly articulate your actions. Kris discusses all of the above and covers in detail how to articulate your actions, including your threat perception, your legal authorities, and the why you did, what you did, and how you did it.
The objective in any interaction is to use verbal communication to de-escalate the situation. The objective is to avoid a physical encounter as, based on Kris’s experience, the second an officer goes hands on with a subject the officers risk of injury increases as does the subject’s. When officers lack confidence and competence in their skills officers often panic resulting in a higher level of force being used to protect themselves.
Understanding verbal and nonverbal communication, tactical positioning, threat cues, your authorities, and how the body works (both yours and the subjects) will help you in your day to day duties and will make you a more confident, competent, and safer officer.
About the Instructor:
Kris Greffard is the owner and lead instructor for Sheepdog Self-Protection Inc. She is a full time law enforcement officer. She has been a police officer for 11 years. She is certified through the Justice Institute of British Columbia as a Certified Use of Force Instructor. Kris has been training in self-protection since 2005, instructing civilians since 2010, instructing Law Enforcement since 2012, and instructing Bylaw Officers since 2015. She has delivered training to Bylaw Officers on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and the Interior of BC.
Why take this training?
“I would rather learn a skill I will never have to use than need a skill that I have never learned”- A very smart man who will remain nameless.
Interested in bringing this training to your municipality?
Contact Kris at 250–516-9798 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org