Video: Officer safety and the phrase 'I've got your back'


05/13/2011

The phrase, “I’ve got your back” has become so widely used — it’s even being used in TV commercials for household products — that it’s fundamental meaning is in danger of being lost. In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Columnist Gary Klugiewicz talks about the ways in which the real-world application of this philosophy extends way beyond the physical realm and into areas of mental and emotional well being.


Gary is employed by PoliceOne as a Use-of-Force subject matter expert, researcher, program developer, and training specialist. He is also the director of ACMi® Systems, and a member of the Team One Network that, in cooperation with the Northwest Wisconsin Technical College, provides defensive tactics, firearms, and tactical training throughout the United States.

He is retired from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department after 25 years of service where he was promoted to the rank of captain. As former Street Survival® Seminar instructor and internationally known defensive tactics instructor, Gary has impacted hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers.

Even more importantly, as a righteous police officer use-of-force defense expert , Gary has defended scores of officers in legal proceedings.  

Gary Klugiewicz is the director of research & development for the Verbal Judo Institute. He has collaborated with Dr. Thompson to develop a series of specialized training programs for corrections, mental health, and other public service employees, as well as, one for private citizens, including children and young adults. Currently, he is the lead instructor for Verbal Judo's (Tactical Communication for the Correctional Professional) training program.

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