Month: March 2024

Australian Police Academies

Australian Police Academies

I am now on the Gold Coast of Australia looking to go to the police academy at Goulburn first. I was there in January of 1986 as you can see from the two previously posted pics. There’s been a lot of water under this bridge since then and I am excited to share use-of-force techniques and tactics with law enforcement trainers across this great country. If you are in law enforcement, what would you like to know about how police do their jobs in various countries? If I were to make up a list of control tactics rules (akin to range safety rules) what would they be?

  • Always watch their hands
  • Never turn your back on an arrestee
  • Stay off the ground if at all possible
  • Handcuff before searching
  • Always search the crotch

Please send me your suggestions. I will compile and condense the top ones for use in my book on this matter.

Please follow me on Instagram as the Traveling Tactical Trainer ( and send me your thoughts. Help guide my travels and study. If you have solid contacts anywhere in the world please pass them on and I will do my best to show up. Cheers!

World Tour: 1st stop Australia

World Tour: 1st stop Australia

Recently I made this post on LinkedIn to announce the start of my world tour, so I am extending it to you as well:

“Greetings my fellow tactical trainers and law enforcement enthusiasts! Can you help me with a global study on police use-of-force training?

I have just landed in Sydney, Australia on the first leg of a two-year research project that will take me to many foreign lands to look at the challenges officers face in their duties and see how these needs are being met. I will be dropping in on training academies (police, sheriff, correctional, security) and their corresponding agencies to share training insights.

I did a smaller version of this study in 1986, and I am still pressing on well after my retirement from the Vancouver Police Department in 2006.

I will also do ride-alongs to see if the street needs of officers are being met in their training (i.e., ground truth). These efforts are not to point out individual training failures, rather it is my aim to offer a collective understanding of the best use-of-force training techniques and tactics that I can find. What is being done well and what can be improved upon? Can a list of training safety rules be created (e.g., rule #1 could be to never turn your back on a violent arrestee)? How can L.E. training be improved upon?

How can you help?

What you would like to know about this field of study, where should I go, and who should I talk to? Reach out to me if you are interested in sharing any insights you may have on this topic, or put me in touch with any of your contacts who do. I am self-financed, so any tips on inexpensive accommodations would be appreciated (I just rejoined the International Police Association).

Please follow me, the Traveling Tactical Trainer, on Instagram ( or at I will share my findings in a book when my series of trips have been completed.

Many thanks. Cheers!”

My first encounter with an officer here in New South Wales was with Cst. Shelton Wong at “The Rocks” police substation. He advised me as to how to make contact with their police academy at Goulburn. I showed him the pics below taken off their training manual back in 1986. Yup, it’s been a while on this continuing quest of mine to find/create the ultimate martial art for policing.  Wish me luck as I step back onto the Australian continent.

Front cover of the NSW use-of-force manual (1986)


Lamb Method of police baton