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Arm Control / Escort System (ACES)


Arm Control / Escort System (ACES)

The Arm Control / Escort System was developed for use by the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in response to recurring protests in the Midwest during the 1980s. The goal was to avoid the media spectacle that had occurred in other cities where officers were not prepared and trained to arrest, control and escort protestors. During the ACES program, participants learn tactics and techniques for cooperative and uncooperative subject control.

Incidents of civil unrest attract a great deal of media attention. Officers who are properly trained and prepared to deal with passive and active resistant protestors are more likely to experience less stress and physical injury. Proper training and confidence also helps reduce agency liability associated with injuries to subjects.

The ACES curriculum covers various arm control techniques to manage subjects, and nerve receptor tactics, which help gain compliance against arm-linked and resistant, uncooperative subjects. The ACES course is designed to increase officer safety and decrease the risk of injury to officers and subjects during incidents of civil disobedience.


This course material has been recently utilized by the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department to handle incidents such as the $15 an hour protests where entire intersections have been shut down.

Equipment needed: Casual or athletic clothing, footwear, and handcuffs.
Materials provided: Online Text


8-Hour Instructors Course
Prerequisite: Core Essentials OR Approval of NLETC with comparable training.

* Note: Core Essentials is recommended as it has instructor development aspects to it as well as fundamental 'core' techniques, stances and other aspects that are within every single NLETC course.  For course cohesion, understanding things such as power stance, force efficiency and other concepts which are taught in Core Essentials allows us to decrease instructor certification times within other courses. Should instructors wish to not take Core Essentials and take other elective courses such as Handgun Long Gun Retention and Disarming, the course may need to be longer than the standard 8-hour course. A Training Board Member will need to handle these on a case by case basis.

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