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Training for control, not lethal force


October 4, 2020

Marione Martin

Top Row (Left to Right): John Caviness observes law enforcement officers attending the Ground Control Instructor Course held by Northwest Technology Center and Alva Police Department. The officers learned how to control suspects while on the ground during this training course. Caviness was instrumental in bringing this class to Alva, Oklahoma, for area law enforcement; Adam Honeyman, Woods County Sheriff's Office, works to subdue Charles Snyder, Kingfisher Sheriff's Office, during the Ground Control Instructor Course training held in Alva. Bottom Row (L-R): Law enforcement officers from across Oklahoma attend a course of ground control instruction at the Alva Recreation Complex. From left, front row: John Caviness, Alva Police Department; Daniel Welch, Rogers County Sheriff's Office; Kaleb Keplinger, Alva Police Department; Ray Beshirs, instructor with Blue Shield Tactical; Jacob Gonzales, Altus Police Department; Adam Honeyman, Alva Police Department and Northwest Technology; Stetson Sisco, Ponca City Police Department. Back row: Clay Yeubanks, Sac & Fox Nation Police Department; Todd Davis, Kingfisher County Sheriff's Office; Traie Phillips, Sac & Fox Nation Police Department; William Shahan, Alva Police Department; Charles Snyder, Kingfisher County Sheriff's Office; Zach Bush, Delaware County Sheriff's Office; Taylor Ballard, Cushing Police Department; Alan Wilson II, Kaw Nation Police Department; and Marcus Kincaid, Ponca City Police Department; Jacob Gonzales, Altus Police Department, practices techniques to subdue David Welch, Rogers County Sheriff's Office, during a law enforcement course in Alva.

A group of men sit in a circle on a large padded mat discussing the soreness in their muscles. It's late afternoon midway through a three-day course for law enforcement officers in Alva. But muscle soreness isn't the only topic.

Ray Beshirs with Blue Shield Tactical Systems of Ft. Worth, Texas, discusses teaching techniques as he reviews the day. Beshirs is the instructor for a ground control course, providing ways to safely subdue individuals who are resisting arrest by officers.

This is not a seminar where attendees sit and listen to an instructor. This is a full physical participation c...

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