Law enforcement professionals understand full well that proper training can save lives. The more realistic the training is, the better it prepares agents and officers for real-life situations.
Law enforcement professionals must prepare for physical altercations and the use of force. Maintaining realism in training scenarios that involve the use of force can be especially challenging. When working with another person, it’s natural to scale back the use of force to avoid injury–sometimes to the point that participants are just going thru the motions and not getting that much out of the training. The alternative–working with a training dummy–allows training at full speed and with full force but can lead to bad habits with serious consequences if the dummy doesn’t effectively replicate a real person.
The Hawk Combatives Training Dummy is designed to bridge this training gap with its life-like appearance, feel, and limb movement. Training possibilities include:
Hand to Hand Combat: Practicing striking and ground fighting techniques.
Shoot House Training: Engaging Hawk with simunition rounds at any range, including at point-blank range. He can be posed in a variety of positions, such as leaning out of a window, hiding behind a door, sitting on a chair, crouching behind cover, or simply standing upright. He can also be outfitted with different clothing, and/or hold weapons or other objects in his hands for “shoot / no-shoot” training.
Impact Weapon Training Engaging Hawk with a wide variety of impact and less-than lethal weapons such as batons, ASPs, pepper spray or bean bag rounds, as well as improvised impact weapons such as empty or malfunctioning OC canisters, flashlights, or even a malfunctioning handgun (as a last resort).
Taser Training: Engaging Hawk with electronic control devices (ECD). As he is a three-dimensional target, he can be approached and targeted from any angle. When properly deployed and targeted, the ECD probes will mildly penetrate Hawk’s skin and remain stuck to him. By contrast, the two-dimensional targets used in traditional ECD training don’t provide the contour of a human body and may only be engaged frontally. Moreover, sometimes an ECD probe can land on the rectangular paper target but lie outside of the pictured person and yet the ECD will activate as if its engagement had been successful.
Handcuffing Training: Hawk’s arms provide realistic resistance and range-of-motion making him an excellent tool for teaching and practicing proper arrest and control procedures. It relieves a person from the considerable wear and tear, as well as potential injuries, that arise while role-playing as the arrestee. Hawk can be restrained with all of the same handcuffing techniques that are commonly used to control suspects.
Disarming Drills: Hawk’s hands can hold a handgun or edged weapon, as well as other objects. He can be used to practice subduing an attacker wielding a firearm or knife without the use of deadly force. A companion curriculum developed by sworn police officers is also available. Specifically designed for use with Hawk, it provides training in disarming transitional techniques and helps the student transition from empty hands to their primary weapon.
Vehicle Combatives: Hawk can be posed in a vehicle to practice vehicle extraction drills or vehicle combatives (e.g., as part of a scenario involving an undercover meet in a vehicle that goes awry and turns combative).
Cell Extraction: Hawk can be dressed in an orange jumpsuit and posed in a cell to practice tactical extractions.