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Training Demonstration of Blue Baton: Full Power Strike

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Uploaded on Apr 17, 2009

RBT or Force on Force training are fast becoming the measuring sticks of police training standards. Both safety for the officers and litigious benefits for the agency (and/or City/State etc.) are covered when this type of training is properly provided. Realism is one of the most important aspects of police scenario training. The officer should use as close to real, actual tools of their trade.
Blue Baton from Blue Training Systems ( http://www.bluetrainintsystems.ca ) is the answer. In the past, during scenario training exercises, officers must carry the straight foam baton or a similar rendition. Several problems exist from this. The primary issue is that it does not accurately represent what the officer would be using in the real world if they use an expandable/collapsible baton. As there is no realistic holster to accommodate the foam baton, the member must begin the scenario with it hanging out of his or her pocket, jury-rigged into his or her duty belt, attached by Velcro or be carried in hand. Because of this, officers in scenarios often place or drop the baton on the floor not knowing where to put it during the follow-up control with the role player or deciding to use another weapon or empty hand tactic. This does not accurately reflect the officers best practices when responding to a service call and using a baton as a force option.
The second critical issue is that when it comes time to select a baton (if required/justified for the scenario) the member is not able to practice drawing the baton from the holster, thus bypassing important steps of locating, unsnapping or accessing it from their duty belt. The member also misses the real action of extending the baton and having it at the ready or striking with it. The use of our expandable training baton accurately replicates all of the normal functions of the officer, including realistic negative time frames necessary for locating, drawing, and expanding the weapon prior to its use. The only real difference is the weight. Essentially, the lighter the object, the less force will be generated. Blue Baton ( http://www.bluebaton.ca ) only weighs approximately 3.17 oz (90 g) compared to the average real baton which weighs approx. 1 lb (453 g). Please note that proper protective padding should always be worn by role players during RBT.

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