October 2020 | The C.A.L.M. Approach and Bexar County Sheriff's Office, supported by the 100 Club of San Antonio.
The C.A.L.M. Approach was created by a retired San Antonio police officer with over 27 years on the force in close concert with a 24-year defensive tactics instructor, a Board-certified emergency medicine doctor with decades of experience, and a Board-certified psychologist with nearly 20 years in the field. (Read more about the C.A.L.M. Approach contributors.)
C.A.L.M. training incorporates four basic principles that serve as essential tools for today’s progressive law enforcement agency:
Active Physical Control Maneuvers
Lateral Recovery Restraint
This approach is designed to provide officers a practical skill set they can exercise when dealing with open, empty-handed force encounters; skills that encompass proper communication strategies, sound decision-making, and lifesaving medical considerations. C.A.L.M. training underscores the need to avoid physical confrontation whenever possible; however, should such confrontation be unavoidable, this concept provides critical direction to increase the safety of everyone involved, including the subject(s).
Training also includes a newly designed, medically-approved position as part of Lateral Recovery Restraint . This methodology places subject(s) in a position when they have been involved in a violent physical encounter or are under the influence of a drug, and provides a process for officers for ongoing de-escalation and medical monitoring. Lateral Recovery Restraint allows subject(s) to recover more effectively thus increasing survivability while still giving officers a positive control technique and opportunity to de-escalate.
This 8-hour training encompasses both an interactive classroom portion and a physical, hands-on element. C.A.L.M. training certification is achieved upon successful completion of this training. A train-the-trainer component is available for large departments that require extensive commitment.
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