According to statistics collected by the FBI, in 2015, 41 of the 86 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents died as a result of felonious acts. In addition, 50,212 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. The average age of the officers killed was 40 years old. The victim officers had served in law enforcement for an average of 12 years at the time of the fatal incidents. Of the 41 officers, 38 were male, and three were female.
The circumstances of the deaths of these Law Enforcement Officers included from investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, tactical situations, traffic pursuits/stops, arrest situations, ambushes, while answering domestic disturbance calls, unprovoked attacks, handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners, handling persons with mental illnesses, or conducting an investigative activity.
In 2015, of the 50,212 officers assaulted while performing their duties were assaulted while responding to disturbance calls. Assailants used personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) in a majority of the incidents, But weapons, including firearms, knives or other edged instruments or other types of dangerous weapons were used in fifteen percent of assaults.
On February 28, 2017, Team Link and Tactical-EMS.com presented an exclusive, invitation only, one-day workshop aimed at saving the lives of law enforcement officers.
The Law Enforcement Officer Survival Seminar offered LEO’s practical strategies and tactics to help bridge the gap between when defensive tactics have failed and the goal becomes to simply escape and survive. During the day-long workshop, officers trained on:
- Weapon retention
- Avoiding the Takedown
- Defending on the Ground
- Defending Against the Punch
- Avoiding Chokes
- Defending Against Weapons
- Tactical Emergency Self Care
Marco Alvan was introduced to martial arts when he took up judo at age 8, then at age 15, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the direct tutelage of Master Jorge Pina Barbosa. He proceeded to earn a black belt and win international tournaments like the 2011 IBJJF Pan American Championship. In 2001 he came to the U.S. and settled in Ludlow to open a school. Since then, Team Link has won 23 time the New England Championship Overall Best Team. Marco trained several fighters ranked in the top 10 worldwide, competing regularly internationally. In 2012 was elected by the UFC magazine as top 10 coaches grapplers specialist in the world. Alvan also conducts workshops for law-enforcement officials on the effective defensive tools inherent to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Hector Arvelo started Western boxing and karate in the 70's and later on, the Laotian martial art Muay Lao. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years, Hector began training in Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino martial art of Kali under Paul Vunak and was awarded the rank of Full Instructor by him. Hector retired from the Hampden County Sherrif’s Department in 2016 where he served as the Special Operations Supervisor and Tactical Team Assistant Commander, responsible for training in firearms and defensive tactics. He is committed to training law enforcement officers methods that are proven to work, defensible in a court of law, and based on widely accepted use-of-force curricula and policies.
Eric Stratton has been actively involved in emergency services since 1990. He is currently a career firefighter/paramedic, previously serving for 18 years with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department as Corporal Training Officer for Special Operations. While there, he was Chair for the Use of Force Committee, overseeing all 14 Sheriff’s Departments in Massachusetts. After teaching at the Smith & Wesson Academy for several years, Eric founded Tactical-EMS.com as a resource for emergency service professionals to learn and practice lifesaving officer-down rescue techniques in the tactical environment. Eric has presented at EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement conventions around the United States and Canada and has had the opportunity to train dozens of public safety agencies including the DEA at their headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.
Photos from the Law Enforcement Officer Survival Seminar