JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is partnering with the Illinois State Crime Commission (ISCC) to provide highly specialized self-defense training for law enforcement officers starting in November.
State’s Attorney Glasgow and the Crime Commission, under the leadership of Executive Director Jerry Elsner, will offer free training in the Krav Maga self-defense system to law enforcement officers throughout the region.
The first in a series of two-day training sessions will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Illinois State Rifle Association Shooting Range near Kankakee. The sessions will feature hand-to-hand combat and tactical self-defense training as well as close-quarter handgun defense training and an introduction to the AR15 tactical assault rifle.
Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the United States. The simple, effective self-defense system emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios.
Krav Maga training is adapted to comply with use-of-force standards for police officers in the United States. The training is updated in consultation with use-of-force experts – including district attorneys, police liability defense lawyers, police administrators and defensive tactics instructors – to provide effective, defensible applications of reasonable force.
The November training in Kankakee will be conducted by self-defense specialists from Israeli Combat Krav Maga based in Indianapolis. The instructional staff consists of sworn law enforcement officers. They will teach fellow officers to quickly stop problems and take swift and safe control of dangerous situations. Officer safety and public safety are paramount.
“Police officers on the streets today are facing a callous, hyper-violence that was unthinkable 20 years ago,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Threats to public safety are constantly evolving in this age of instant technology and terrorism on both the domestic and global stages. The specialized training we will provide through the Illinois State Crime Commission will enhance the safety of our officers as they protect our citizens in the most dangerous situations.”
“We must be proactive in law enforcement, and this is hardcore, proactive training,” said ISCC Executive Director Elsner. “We won’t be sparring on mats in a gymnasium or shooting at cardboard targets. We’ll be training out in the field and dealing with real-life situations.”
The Illinois State Crime Commission was established in 1994 and operates as a tax exempt charitable organization. Its goal is to offer creative legislative solutions and assist law enforcement agencies to prevent crime in our communities through a unique blend of awareness and activities.
Spaces available for the November training sessions are limited. Future training sessions will be added. For information or to enroll, contact the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office at (815) 723-1630.
Charles B. Pelkie
(815) 530-7110 (cellular)