Oct
25

Brian Kagen pick: “Defensive Tactics: Defined” by Thomas Gerace

“Police defensive tactics are NOT the same as self-defense. The role of defensive tactics in law enforcement and corrections is to assist the officer in performance of arrest and restraint, and to increase the margin of safety for both the officer and the suspect. Defensive tactics charge the officer with protecting others as well as themselves. The definition of “defend” as used here is neither punitive nor passive, but instead “to repel danger or harm while serving and protecting.” Meanwhile, self-defense encompasses any and all means of protecting oneself. Self-defense techniques are not meant to apprehend an assailant. Indeed, there is no regard for the safety of the attacker whatsoever. So obviously self-defense and defensive tactics are not synonymous.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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Comments

  1. KEONI MAY says:

    IT IS TRUE THAT DEFENSIVE TACTICS IS A DECEPTIVE TERM. WHEN YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TO LEAD TO AN ALTERCATION, YOU HAVE AN AWARENESS.

    HOWEVER, DEFENSIVE TACTICS ALSO TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN YOU ARE “AMBUSHED”. THERE IS NO AWARENESS AND YOU ARE IN THE SAME SHOES AS A CIVILIAN.

    THEREFORE, THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR SELF DEFENSE.

  2. Taisho says:
  3. Neil Yamamoto says:

    Crediting Mr. Gerace with that is kind of misleading, since he just cut and pasted Bernie Lau’s article for EJMAS, then added a paragraph of his own input at the end.

    While I appreciate Mr. Gerace finding it helpful and still true, it would be nice to have Bernie Lau given credit since he was the one who did the writing, Mr. Gerace simply cut and pasted.

    Perhaps I’m being picky, but as Bernie’s heir to Icho Ryu and as his agent for things DT and martial arts related, I believe better credit is due to him, not Mr. Gerace.

  4. Stanley Pranin says:

    Since Bernie Lau is mentioned in the first sentence along with a link to the original article written by Mr. Lau I don’t think there is any problem or that anyone would be misled into thinking Mr. Gerace is the author of the article.

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