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

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.

 Session Information: LE23122F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 02/21/23 and ending on 02/21/23
Only 19 days left to register!
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CST




For those attendees who desire to come in the night before, please come to the Main KLETC Entrance, it is near the flagpole and marked with a large "A". For those with dorm room reservation, you may check in the evening before your training starts. More information will be provided through email approximately one before the start of training. Checkout time is Noon on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time. Checkout time is Noon on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education training are permitted to carry their firearm while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. We are a tobacco and alcohol-free campus. Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing or and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar. If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email. Thank you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!


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Bruce Morton

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KLETC Campus
Learning Center Classroom Bldg
11009 S. Hornet Road
Hutchinson, KS 67501
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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.