Course detail: Alternative Lethal Force for Officers: Knife Defense


This course will familiarize the officer, either off-duty or undercover officers, with selection, carry and use of a knife when, a firearm cannot be worn or is positioned in such a way it cannot be quickly deployed. The legal, policy and use of force considerations of knife use by law enforcement will be examined to provide a framework for officers to decide the relevance of this ancient tool to the unique needs of the modern law enforcement officer.  

Core Competencies:  
  • Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater level of safety in a variety of environments, events and situations.

  • The student will evaluate the knife's role in law enforcement from an operational and legal perspective with a consideration of state law, federal law and department policy. 
  • The student will identify features of a good "police use" knife and demonstrate general safe knife handling skills. 
  • Students will analyze various knife draws and grips to assess which techniques work for them and their equipment.
  • Students will conduct exercises to allow them to identify and differentiate various angles when both using and defending against the knife. 
  • Students will be able to recognize the speed, time and distance between themselves and an attacker as related to deploying their knife or defending against an edged weapon attack. 
  • Students will employ methods of integrating empty hand and police duty knife skills.
Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Hands-On Exercises
Who Should Attend:
  • Law Enforcement
Course Requirements:
  • 100 % participation

Fitness Requirements and Expectation of Physical Risk:
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

Notice of Availability of the KLETC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


The University of Kansas has determined that the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) main campus in Hutchinson and its regional sites in Dodge City, Hays, and Parsons are separate campuses. This determination was made in consultation with the Department of Education. The report is available online at:


The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; the procedures the institution will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred On-Campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-Campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the institution or a recognized student organization; and on Public Property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.


A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 785-864-6414 or emailing or arrange for pick-up at a KLETC location.

 Session Information: LE25017F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 07/19/24 and ending on 07/19/24
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT


Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals and lodging.


Name Additional Resources
Bruce Morton

Facility Detail

Topeka Center for Advanced Learning and Careers
500 SW Tuffy Kellogg Dr
Topkea, KS 66606

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.