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. 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. This methodology 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 recovery/restraining position, the LRR. Subject(s) can be placed in this position when they have been involved in a violent physical encounter or are under the influence of a drug. The LRR allows subject(s) to recover more effectively thus increasing survivability while still giving officers a positive control technique.
This 8-hour training encompasses both an interactive classroom portion and a physical, hands-on element. C.A.L.M. 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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