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Adaptive Defensive and Protective Tactics (ADAPT) Defensive Tactics Instructor National Survey

Survey Purpose

Adaptive Defensive and Protective Tactics (ADAPT)
Defensive Tactics Instructor National Survey

The purpose of this national survey for defensive tactics instructors and trainers is to collect vital information in support of the Adaptive Defensive and Protective Tactics (ADAPT) program. 
ADAPT is being developed by Polis Solutions with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) to evaluate, update, and improve defensive tactics training for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies and academies.
Polis has been directed by BJA to work closely with selected law enforcement agencies and academies across the U.S. to evaluate their existing defensive tactics (DT) training. Based on this evaluation, we will develop a model DT training program that agencies nationwide can implement. The name "ADAPT" is based on the concept that the foundation of officer safety is the ability to adapt decisively to dynamic circumstances and conditions. ADAPT will systematically integrate data from the latest research on decision-making, use of force, officer injuries and fatalities, officer safety, human performance, physiology and kinesiology, and a host of related topics. To develop ADAPT, Polis will establish collaborative partnerships with training academies, defensive tactics professionals, researchers, and law enforcement leaders. 

To ensure that ADAPT has a strong foundation, we need as much accurate information as possible about existing DT training.  This survey is meant to give DT instructors across the nation an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, and to help influence the development of the ADAPT program. Unless you voluntarily agree to share your contact information with us at the end of the survey, your responses to this survey are anonymous and confidential.

ADAPT is supported by Grant No. 2019-DP-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.