Safariland Training Academy

Monadnock Training Courses

Practical Skills

Real-world situations demand defensive tactics that are realistic. For example in a street arrest it doesn’t make sense to use complicated handcuffing techniques when fine motor skills are the first to fail under stress. Or in the event of a close-quarter battle, the method of using a long or extended baton to strike an assaultive individual is useless if there’s no room to swing it.

The Monadnock courses teach both practical and usable skills that can be customized to fit an agency’s needs. As instructor-level courses, the participants become certified to teach the class to their own officers or security professionals. Designed by an advisory board of highly experienced current or former police officers, the courses give police, military and security professionals the skills and techniques needed for self-defense and subject-control for escort and handcuffing.


One of the most requested courses by the Safariland Training Academy, the MEB (Monadnock Expandable Baton) Instructor Course is a two-day class. It covers defensive tactics with the baton, how to block, how to strike, and how to control the subject.

“We’re really the only baton program that highlights the baton controlling technique as a primary baton technique,” says David Standen, Safariland Training Course Master Instructor. Standen has been teaching defensive tactics courses for over 35 years, and brings 27 years’ experience as a police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts to the programming.

The benefit to the baton controlling technique is that it contributes to the de-escalation of police use of force. After the baton has been used as an impact tool to stop an individual from fighting, the officer can control the person’s arm using the baton controlling technique while the baton is still in hand.

The advantage is three-fold. One, the officer doesn’t need to continue using the baton as an impact tool once the subject has been stopped. Two, the officer doesn’t have to holster the baton and switch to an empty-hand controlling technique, which takes time. And three, the officer has the advantage of leverage, and can use that against someone who’s bigger and stronger, instead of pure strength.



The PR-24® Instructor Course is a two-day course that teaches skills and techniques on how to use the PR-24 side handle baton through practical, hands-on applications.

The advantage of the side handle baton is that it gives the officer additional control, and increases the officer’s strength through leverage. The PR-24 baton—which comes in expandable or rigid models—is particularly useful for self-defense and subject-control in close quarter battles.

“It’s more anatomically compatible with the human body,” says Standen. “When you hold onto the handle it fits right along your forearm, so it’s like an extension of your arm rather than extended from your arm.”


The MDTS (Monadnock Defensive Tactics System) Instructor Course is a two-day class designed to give officers a base program that connects empty hand skills with the baton skills taught in the MEB or PR-24 baton class. “It covers the things we don’t cover in the baton course like handcuffing, empty blocks and strikes, empty hand restraint and hand gun retention awareness,” says Standen.

Participants are shown how to use their hands, elbows, knees and feet for protection against an attack, especially in close quarter battles (CQB). It relies heavily on practical hands-on applications and is intended for first responders who want instruction in how to use their personal weapons for self-defense and subject-control for escort and handcuffing.



The Hiatt® Tactical Handcuffing Instructor Training Course utilizes simple, effective techniques that allow officers to quickly control and handcuff an individual. Standen says that the one use of force technique that is poorly executed most often is handcuffing, because “the techniques are too complicated.” Out on the street, twists and turns and flips in handcuffing techniques are not practical because they involve fine motor skills.

In the Hiatt Tactical Handcuffing course, the same, simple base system is taught whether suspects are standing, kneeling or prone. “We also focus on prisoner control once the subject is handcuffed, to continue to maintain the officer’s safety,” Standen adds.



The OC Aerosol Instructor Course is a one-day class that teaches the basic patrol use of pepper spray, through a half day of classroom study, and then a half day of practical application. Information on all types and forms of Oleoresin Capsicum projectors is taught, including aspects of selection, preparation and deployment.

Students also learn specific information about Defense Technology® OC products, the formulations, blends and spray patterns, along with the skills necessary to return to their agency and conduct in-service training.


A five-day Monadnock Defensive Tactics Instructor Course will be offered at the 2019 Safariland Group Conference, June 10-14, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. In the course, the four instructor courses—MEB, MBTS, OC and Hiatt® Handcuffing—are integrated into one cost-effective program.

The ability to transition from one force option to another, based on the level of resistance encountered, is the base of this program. “Officers need to be able to determine what force option is appropriate for each encounter and then apply a skills or skills to the ultimate goal: handcuffing,” says Standen.