Defensive Tactics


  • Brute force vs. brute force generally goes to the stronger.
  • With the size and weight advantage, the security officer may overcome the attack.
  • Balance disruption may prove advantageous for the security officer facing a larger, stronger aggressor.
  • Recognition of the inertia of a physical attack, a security officer may utilize simple off-lining or redirecting techniques to avoid aggression.
  • Understanding of targeting can assist the security officer in delivering force in a manner to stun the aggressor and leave them temporarily unable to continue hostile acts.

In worst case, the security officer may decide to utilize force against a single limb or joint to counter the aggressive acts of an assailant.


  • The “field interview,” ready stance provides the security officer with a position of advantage.
  • The security officer can protect their weapon and increase their ability to react to a threat.
  • When the security officer is in this stance, they should be relaxed and their posture non-threatening.

The “field interview” stance is designed to place the security officer in a position of advantage during citizen contacts and interviews.

  • Feet approximately shoulder-width apart.
  • Weapon side back, nonweapon side slightly forward, body slightly bladed.
  • Weight slightly forward, on balls of feet, knees bent.
  • Hands at waist level or higher protecting the center-line.
  • Natural, relaxed posture.
  • A constant state of awareness.
  • Non-violent posture but ready to react to a threat.


  • The ability to move tactically while maintaining balance will assist the security officer in winning physical confrontations.
  • Utilizing good footwork and body mechanics, the security officer’s ability to evade and intercept attacks will be enhanced.
  • Balance and positioning are critical elements and are directly affected by footwork.
  • The security officer involved in a spontaneous physical assault or an attack that occurs in a confined space will have limited response time and space in which to defend themselves.


  • When clinched with a suspect, the security officer can gain a position of advantage by moving to the outside.
  • This can be accomplished by passing the suspect’s arm and moving around the suspect.



The Most Important Jiu-Jitsu Move for Self Defense


The arm drag is used to clear a suspect’s arm out of the way so the security officer can close distance and control the suspect.

The following are the “personal” weapons every security officer has available:

  • Hands
  • Forearms
  • Elbows
  • Head
  • Feet
  • Shins
  • Knees