Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM CST
Thursday February 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM CST

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Minneapolis Airport Marriott Hotel 
2020 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425

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Darlene Erickson 
Association of Training Officers of Minnesota 
(952) 451-8950 

ATOM Winter Conference:

Lt Kevin Dillon and Officer Pete Solis 

COST to SPPD: Cost is normally $225.00, PDI is covering all tuition costs.



Use of Force Skills – From Transfer to Deployment
Speakers: L.O.C.K.U.P. - Lt. Kevin Dillon (Retired) and Pete Officer Soulis
Post approved 15 credits, #9038-0170

February 26-27, 2014   8:00am-5:00pm each day
Minneapolis Airport Marriott
2020 American Blvd., East
Bloomington, MN  55425

An informal networking session following the class on Wednesday is open to all.  An opportunity to speak to the presenters and other instructors from different agencies

A comprehensive workshop lecture presentation by Lt Kevin Dillon (Ret) and Officer Pete Soulis. 
Lt. Dillon will discuss law enforcement use of force training from its selection, transfer, retention, deployment to court.  Providing Evidence based training concepts to personnel and not rely on misconceptions or unsubstantiated beliefs.  Discussion on how to track, trend, evaluate and report effectiveness of content delivered to officers. Lt. Dillon will discuss the pitfalls of law enforcement training and how to develop quantifiable evidence to support material being instructed to your personnel.

• Understanding the principals of risk management for officer safety.
• Evidence based training methods.
• Teaching methods – fads and fiction.
• Curriculum selection, what, when, why and how?
•  Instructor qualification and continuing education.
•  Time allotment vs. content covered for maximum retention.
•  Performance-based accountability vs. testing.
•  Discussion on defendable lesson plans.
•  Tips on how to enhance transfer and retention of material.
•  Connecting instruction to management, organization, and accountability.
•  Developing qualified Use of Force Assessment Team

Officer Pete Soulis will explore the dynamics of winning armed encounters in close quarters.  Officer Soulis has been involved in multiple live fire engagements and will present factual documentation of police related shootings for which the instructor was directly or indirectly involved in. This presentation is intended to provide attendees with firsthand accounts of what actually occurs during deadly force encounters and what’s needed to win a deadly force encounter. The focus will be reality based training and developing the automatic pre-programmed response.

• Tactical Considerations (taking personal responsibility for training)
• Psychophysiological dynamics of combat and how it relates to shooting performance during close quarter engagements.
• Developing situational awareness as it relates to pre-assault indicators.
• One handed vs. two handed fighting.
• Evidence Based Training
• Integration of combat training
• The Survival Triangle and the three elements need to create it.
• Identify the methods/techniques for enhanced firearms proficiency.
• How to develop a “warrior” mindset
• Common fatal errors made by law enforcement.
• Benefits of being physically/mentally prepared to meet aggression, and the lethal consequences of indecisiveness

Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, author of The Bullet-Proof Mind and the Pulitzer nominated On Killing included Officer Pete Souls’ 1997 deadly force gun battle in his book On Combat.  In this engagement Pete Soulis suffered five shots during the engagement and fatally wounded the armed and violent suspect.

History and L.O.C.K.U.P. Basic Instructor Follow-up Course

L.O.C.K.U.P. is based on a strong foundation of science that has been approved by medical review.  It is a complete system that covers the officer’s initial approach, communication, conflict diffusion and/or physical control ending in arrest and transport. The manual is clear and concise to provide greater stability for future legal concerns. The movements are basic and easily translated to officers of all physical fitness and size differentials.  Officers train in realistic situations while outfitted with their duty equipment (vest, gun belt, etc.) which enhances recall for longer periods of time. Great emphasis is placed on being an “honorable warrior” by being able to diffuse and not create hostile conflict, using violence appropriately, quickly and efficiently when needed, and treating the community with compassion and respect.  While hammering on ethics and values, L.O.C.K.U.P. also teaches officers to work together as a team.

As of the Nov  1, 2013 class, 140 members of 37 different agencies such as the Federal Marshall Service out of  Arizona, Officers from Minnesota, Canada, Iowa, and North Dakota, have attended SPPD-PDI L.O.C.K.U.P. Instructor courses.  Metro Transit PD, Hennepin Medical Center, Duluth PD, Bloomington PD and others are using L.O.C.K.U.P. as a part of their DT system.  It is the foundation of the DT Systems for Brooklyn Park PD and Hennepin County SO.  L.O.C.K.U.P. is the POST certified system for the entire states of Rhode Island and Connecticut.  
More info about L.O.C.K.U.P. is contained below. 

In the L.O.C.K.U.P. Basic Instructor Course candidates learn:

  • Risk Management for Confrontations
  • Legal Aspects of Use of Force
  • Report Writing, Documentation and Tracking
  • Instructional Methods and Techniques
  • Understanding Factors for Victory or Defeat
  • Controlling and Managing Fear
  • Physiological and Physical Changes During Combat
  • Fighting Maneuvers that Match the Physiological Changes
  • Instructional Techniques That Work For the Individual
  • Proper Striking Systems for Law Enforcement
  • How to Trouble-Shoot Fighting Maneuvers
  • Fighting Techniques and Fatigue
  • Fighting from Standing, Kneeling and
  • Grounded Platforms
  • Team Communications and Pre-emptive Takedowns
  • Ground Fighting
  • Weapon Retention and Takeaways
  • Edged Weapon Defenses and Countermeasures
  • Training for Multiple Assailants
  • Managing and Documenting Training

 As a hand to hand combat instructor with over 20 years of experience I am highly recommending any of the L.O.C.K.U.P. courses for all Law Enforcement officers, no matter what your job.  I have been  involved with many different hand to hand systems within the law enforcement community and the arrest and control system taught by KD is far superior in its effectiveness and simplicity. 

 Christopher Periatt,  President - Michigan Tactical Officers Assoc.