Video: Coaching the floor to feet position with weapon transitions

Officers need to consciously evaluate the threat presented and the distance available, and prioritize what they need to do first


This video shows how to coach officers to get back in the fight after they have been knocked down, tackled, tripped, fallen, or somehow found themselves on the ground. This may seem like a very basic physical skill, but the mindset and decision-making that accompanies it is critical. 

The officer must focus on getting back in the fight as soon as possible, which does not necessarily mean getting to their feet at all costs. Officers need to consciously evaluate the threat presented and the distance available, and prioritize what they need to do first.  

The video shows how to incorporate different positions for an officer to access and recover available use-of-force options. Such drills allow police trainers to evaluate an officer’s ability to draw and recover each tool from a variety of positions. For example, when it’s time to transition from an impact weapon to a TASER or firearm, what does the officer choose to do with the impact weapon? Do they secure it in its holder, throw it on the ground, or place it under their arm?

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