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Effective defensive tactics and appropriate use of force are two of the most critical skills every protector must develop—and continually perfect—throughout their career. This program equips participants with vital information and dynamic hands-on coaching from WSCJTC Master Instructor and Martial Arts Hall of Fame member Gary Drake.


The EXECUTIVE PROTECTION DEFENSIVE TACTICS AND PHYSICAL RESPONSE (DTC-201) Program was developed by master instructors with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, drawing upon exhaustive studies of real-world use-of-force incidents and tactical testing with numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies. Instruction and practical exercises presented in this training focus on appropriate, proportionate, and effective use of force. This program equips executive protection professionals with critical skills and information to ensure the safety and security of principals, bystanders, and agents themselves during high-stress active-threat scenarios.

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to all security, military, and law enforcement professionals. Allied Universal® champions diversity in the EP industry and encourages qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Learning Goals

Topics of instruction and practical exercises include, but are not limited to:

  • Defensive tactics in EP
  • Single agent vs. team coverage during hostile incidents
  • Principal evacuation
  • Survival triangle
  • Fighting platform
  • Attack triangle
  • Holds and escorts
  • Striking and blocking
  • Takedowns
  • Control positions
  • Use of restraints
  • Weapon retention
  • Use of oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray
  • Legal standards
  • Legal liability
  • Use of Force Continuum
  • Appropriate use of force
  • Post-incident reporting
  • Working with law enforcement

Required Equipment

  • Durable clothing
  • Gun belt
  • Water and lunch
  • Mouth guard
  • Protective cup
  • MMA gloves (Optional but strongly recommended)
  • Wraps (Optional but strongly recommended)


Successful participants will be awarded a CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION for this program. Each certificate includes a three-tier ranking designation based upon individual performance: Proficient, Highly Proficient, or Exceptionally Proficient. Individuals who fail to meet the standards of this training program will not be certified by the Academy.

Training Hours

This is an intensive 2-day, 16-hour course. Training typically runs from 08:00 to 17:00.


Standard registration: $325 USD

Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and personal insurance (if desired). Accepted applicants will be notified as early as possible to allow ample time for arrangements and reservations.

Registration & Confirmation

Please note that your seat will not be reserved until tuition is received. Tuition is refundable up to 30 days prior to training. All applications are subject to review and vetting. Should any concerns arise in reference to your application you will be contacted by our training management team.

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