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Law Enforcement agencies from across the state including Police officers, DNR and State Troopers practice take-down techniques in a water soaked field as part of the “slick surface” training to simulate difficult conditions Aug 14, 2014.

CAMP RIPLEY - Representatives of civilian law enforcement organizations from across Minnesota took part in developmental training Aug. 4-5 at Camp Ripley.

The training was conducted by the L.O.C.K.U.P. (Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply) company, as part of an integrated law enforcement based training program.

"L.O.C.K.U.P. was created with the principles of unarmed police combat and controlling tactics with basic fighting skills to be used for all levels of physical resistance and aggression," said Liam Duggan LOCKUP staff instructor.

With a primary focus on self defense, several officers from various agencies took part in hand-to-hand and weapons training during their time at Camp Ripley. The result is that police, security and military personnel can better protect themselves and the public they are sworn to serve.

The Soulis Shooting Systems Firearms Instructor course utilized Camp Ripley weapons qualification ranges to provide advanced firearms skills as part of the program.

Students in this course learned fundamental principles of firearms tactics and marksmanship, said a spokesman for L.O.C.K.U.P.

Students were instructed on teaching methodologies to bring back to their own stations. The uses of deadly force during stressful situations were covered as part of firearms proficiency.

Part of the training involved in an intensive five-day, in-depth arrest and control confrontation training program. The course is based on de-escalation tactics and physical manipulation techniques that fully integrate all weapons systems of law enforcement.

"It's not as much about physical strength as it is about the science of it all," said Duggan. "When it comes to a 100 pound officer against a 200 pound suspect, it will come down to how they manipulate their body, not how strong they are," he added.

The course covered defensive and arrest control techniques in both a classroom and field environment. Students were able to get physical in a controlled manner to practice proper techniques.

"The training areas and resources available to us on Camp Ripley have been amazing," added Duggan.