Defensive Tactics

The following instructor series is designed to develop instructors with the ability to train at both the new-hire and in-service levels of Control and Defensive Tactics. The series begins with Control Tactics Instructor followed by other tactics designed for more resistive individuals. 

Upon completion of Control Tactics Instructor course, the officer is eligible to attend OC Pepper spray Instructor and/or Defensive Tactics Instructor, followed by Ground Survival Tactics Instructor, Firearms Retention Instructor and Impact Weapons Instructor.  This stair-step system maximizes the use of class time by building on knowledge and skills learned in previous classes; thus eliminating segregation and separation of skill instructors by specialty.

By utilizing this building block system, the physical force instructor can properly teach both an escalation and de-escalation of force application. This method has demonstrated, not only be more efficient and effective, but also reduces the likelihood of excessive use of force litigation.

Note: Classes are restricted to people employed in the criminal justice field.



Richard Lee (Control/Defensive Tactics Program Manager), Mariah Collier (Administrative Assistant),   (206) 835-7292  


The motor skills acquired in the C/DT arena are perishable and ever-changing.  Therefore the WSCJTC continues with a strict certification and re-certification program for both the Instructor and MI level programs.  The recertification courses test both the cognitive and motor skills of students.  These re-certification courses are typically 20-24 hours in length.  As with all recertification courses, the participant will be instructed and tested on all changes to the curriculum both for the basic academies and instructor courses.


Course Name Course Number Description Cost
2270 The course is designed to be the foundation.  Covering all the basics in motor learning, practice structure, class structure, skill instruction and lesson preparation.  This comprehensive and practical course will help each new instructor develop the skills and confidence to instruct in all the fundamental Control and Defensive Tactics classes taught at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. $1000
2271 This course builds on the foundation of the CDT Instructor course.  Students will learn how to employ advanced concepts in motor learning to structure a practice session for optimal skill acquisition.  In this phase of the road to being a Master Instructor, the student primarily focuses on how to create proper skill sessions, closed skill testing parameters, open skill practices and testing and finally feedback structures to maximize learning. $1000
2273 This course is designed to help the Lead Instructor begin the arduous journey of creating and fostering new Instructors and Lead Instructors as well as officer in-service.  The Master Instructor becomes the “point of contact”, the go to person in their region for questions related to the CDT field.  The MI is the regional expert creating curriculum, running instructor courses, communicating with the CJTC CDT cadre and prime example of a leader in the Control and Defensive Tactics realm. $500

Master Control/Defensive Tactics Instructor Recertification is a 40-hour comprehensive tactics review course for currently certified MI’s.