Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol
Subject Control System

New 2022

NLETC no longer requires that Instructor Level candidates be sprayed during the training course as most people reaching this level of training have previously been sprayed during the course of their career. Instructor Candidates wishing to be sprayed will be provided an opportunity during the training.
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Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Subject Control System

As the use of Oleoresin Capsicum by law enforcement agencies as a subject control method has become more widespread, questions about its use have surfaced accordingly. The increasing number of OC manufacturers and the different OC product formulations may cause a great deal of confusion when it comes time to make a selection. Often administrators are forced to make decisions based on the manufacturers' claims and not upon empirical data from field use by officers.

The NLETC OC Aerosol Subject Control course was designed to sort out these questions and issues for law enforcement trainers and administrators. This course shows how OC can be used to reduce the need for greater force and to help protect officers and subjects from injury.

Most importantly, the NLETC OC Aerosol Subject Control course teaches officers how to protect themselves and other officers from the effects of OC whenever they are sprayed, either by accident or by an attacker. Officers learn how to defend themselves and to control subjects, despite heavy OC contamination on their faces and in their eyes. This dynamic OC training is a must for all police officers to prevent them from becoming victims of OC themselves.


Equipment needed: Casual or athletic clothing, footwear, holster and belt.
Materials provided: Online Text, inert Oleoresin Capsicum during training.

Depending on the training location, showers or other cleanup arrangements will be made.  Please ensure a change of clothing, trash bag, water bottle are brought to decontaminate if the student is to be sprayed.

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