OPERATIONAL POLICE BATON

captain-jacques-levinetFor Captain Jacques Levinet, founder of the Police Operational Baton method or BOP, the use of the baton in Martial Arts or Self-Defense has nothing to do with the professional method he has tuned up. First, the material of the BOP is not wood but retractable metal. Second, the BOP is used alone, unlike other conventional methods that use two sticks in their discipline, as Kali or Fencing. Third, the specific use of BOP by the law enforcement units takes into account the Police parameters of the ROS method (Real Operational System), another method created by Captain Levinet.

Since 2000, thanks to his triple experience as a Police Captain, Grand Master of Martial Arts and international expert in law enforcement units, specialized in personal defense and police tactics, Levinet Jacques, after making his own reflection on the subject, has developed his own revolutionary method adapted to XXI century, to extract the essence of every important detail in this field. And thus the Police Operational Baton or BOP was born, which is not a new designation, but a unique and effective process for law enforcement units, for an intermediary and complementary use between gun and handcuffs. The BOP method differs considerably from the American ASP (Armament System and Procedures) and now there is growing interest worldwide.

BATON POLICE LEVINET

ORIGINS OF BOP

They rely on other inventions of Captain Levinet.

  • SELF PRO KRAV or SPK – This personal defense method, which enjoys great success in many countries, gave to BOP its originality for its practical applications on the spot. The SPK defenses are what have allowed the BOP to consolidate its success. The absence of frills and flourishes, and the pedagogy have become a key to the success of these two methods that provide both civilians and professionals the means to cope with assaults on the street.
  • REAL OPERATIONAL SYSTEM or POLICE ROS – There is an interactive link between the Real Operational System, complete method for law enforcement units, and the TOP (Police Operational Tonfa) which is one of the modules, in the same way as the BOP (Police Operational Baton) and the GTPI (Technical Gestures Police Intervention). The ROS evolves according to its scope and the ‘feedback’ carried out regularly by the staff of the AJL (Jacques Levinet Academy). The difficulties of the street have priority in the BOP, therefore techniques falls to a secondary priority and the narcissistic manifestation does not occur. The reality is imposed at the expense of fantasy to make room for the operational.
  • MALADJUSTMENT OF TRAINING – Telescopic baton workouts are often inadequate, either because of lack of time, lack of competence or absence of a training plan, without forgetting also the lack of political will that means are given to achieve success. Giving a telescopic baton to a policeman is not enough to make it operational, there must be also an after sales service. In other words, a progressive initial and continuing formation guaranteed by regular recycling and ‘feedback’. This is the reason why Captain Levinet captain has wanted to question everything. The BOP formation is much longer than in most of the cases and techniques that do not work in reality are radically eliminated. It has been structured a training plan both technically and legally. Absence of stereotyped assaults, predefined attacks, safe defenses with foam rubber baton, grips of an armed hand, unrealizable in the street. No passivity or recreational training but rather in accordance to the harsh law of the street. The results of this effort are plain to see, the technical modification and evolution have proved vital and the BOP has become truly operational in the broad sense of the word.
  • IN CONTRAST TO THE ASP METHOD – The usual telescopic baton training systems follow the ASP method of US, often for commercial reasons because the method is sold in a pack which includes a baton with the same name. This method takes into account only to hit under angles, which contradicts our self-defense laws. On the contrary, the BOP method takes into account the fact that the official should know first how to block an attack and protect himself before counterattacking. If in the ASP method very few neutralization locks are done, the BOP system provides an excellent sampler of control locks, behavioral, how to knock down, how to free yourself and teamwork to carry out the Police missions in full compliance with the relevant republican laws of self-defense. In the ASP method, baton, handcuffs or the firearm are gradually used. In the BOP, everything is used at the same time, depending on the situation. Moreover, the difference in the length of the stick in the ASP method (21 inches) and the BOP (26 inches) is paramount. Finally, in the BOP, the baton is used folded in the hand to hand combat or at discretion. We will talk more extensively about all these points (length, complementarity and discretion). In short, the ASP method, which is specific to the United States, is not appropriate to the legislation and the code of conduct of most European countries.

Captain Jacques Levinet French Army

SPECIFICITIES

The BOP has a framework of employment so that each professional understands its utility, whatever his employment service and his material endowment. The influence of the GTPI (Technical Gestures Police Intervention) has been an important factor because it is assumed that Police forces almost always intervene as a team.

  • The length of the BOP – Unlike most telescopic batons used by law enforcement units, that are 21 inches long, the BOP has a length of 26 inches to allow greater protection, safer counterattacks and super effective neutralization locks and behavior keys. This difference is due to the method of the ASP baton, which focuses exclusively on striking at a short distance without thinking of the protection of the officer for neutralization, and the behavior without violence of the aggressor.
  • Complementarity – The work of the BOP is never considered in isolation, but it takes into account all the coercion material made available to its users. An intervention can start with the hands and then require the use of the baton, handcuffs and, in some cases, the firearm to deter or counterattack. The policeman must adapt because you never know how and when danger is over. With the BOP, applying the lock, handcuffing and aiming with the pistol may be concomitant, in random order, according to risk. Some parameters are essential, as unsheathing the baton before the gun and vice versa, sheathe the firearm before the baton, except in the case of immediate counterattack shooting. In this context, changing the hand that holds the baton is essential in order to use the stronger hand to grab the handcuffs or the firearm.
  • Key points – They take the form of concrete answers to the agents, alone or in a team, and not that of a purely theoretical teaching.
  • Distance – It depends on the response to danger. If we see it coming, in this case, our defense will be at a distance and in advance. The length of the stick favors indirect blocks over direct blocks, thanks to the balance positions with two hands or with a sword in one hand. If our attention has not allowed us to see the attack coming, our defense will be unexpected and very close. In this hypothesis, conditioned reflex and indirect blocks with the body of the baton are favored, thanks to the reinforced positions of the arm or forearm in a normal or reverse position. Distance thus conditions our natural, innate and reflex technique.
  • Positions – The BOP is not limited to banal positions. It adapts them according to the mission, which opens an important field of action in the interventions carried out in a closed or reduced place. The fetish BOP position is the ‘GRIP’, or grabbing the baton grip, that offers the opportunity of easily changing the strong hand, hooking and pushing, but also blocking while drawing the gun for self-protection. The other BOP positions (balance, sword, reinforced, inverted, folded baton) protect against any upward or downward attack. The BOP position in V facilitates conduction, lying down on the floor and overturning. The BOP folded serves not only to catch but to counterattacking, forcing, blocking and discreetly pressing on pressure points with all discretion, because the baton folded is less visible than open.
  • Release of hands – BOP techniques allow change hands for handcuffing or pull out the gun. You must anticipate the development of the situation. Either counterattacking is sufficient, or you must neutralize your opponent, throw him to the ground, do the handcuffing together with a body search, take him up. In summary, the BOP is never released from the beginning to the end of the intervention. Israeli and twist keys are a remarkable help because they free both hands.

BATON POLICE CAPTAIN LEVINET

PROFESSIONAL PEDAGOGY

The BOP training plan requires that instructors with the name AJL, transmit the official pedagogy with the legislative and ethical references inherent in each of the countries.

  • Legal Explanations – In the BOP, there’s no “blind” reading of the articles of the law on self-defense. The policeman or the military, explains the technique used in the action so that it is under the law of his country. It’s not a simple reasoning, but a typical demonstration of legal reconstruction. He must guarantee, before a judge or a superior, the legitimacy of the intervention. The BOP pedagogy provides all legal advantages to achieve similar responses in hand to hand counterattacks in tip grip wrist, elbow up, to avoid any unfortunate percussion in the face. Likewise, pulling out the gun is not synonymous of counterattack shooting, but also getting out of a hostile environment or protection for the agent and the individual.
  • Specific terminology – In the BOP, words are a way to mitigate liability. Terms like “blow” or “hit”, synonymous with aggression, are never used; instead, we use the word “counterattack”, which is equivalent to defense. We must speak with a loud and intelligible voice in a professional environment. Control of the media and curious onlookers with their mobile phones, photos and videos, force us to a minimum of prudence. The intervention combines safety, protection and action in the strictest respect for the law of the country concerned.
  • Proper training – The legal criteria for intervention in the BOP must fit the applicant country. For example, in the United States, the use of the firearm is less pressing than in European countries, consequently less technicality of BOP. Due to the ban on the use of the firearm, but in use in some countries, the baton is used only to hit at a short distance without worrying about self-protection. However, in France and in most European countries, agents are ruled by specific laws of self-defense by limiting the use of firearms. As such they should learn to protect themselves and dominate the telescopic baton. Hence the interest of the BOP for protection, the keys of coercion using the pistol to get free.
  • Real situations – BOP promotes teamwork with the PLI (Protection, Link, Intervention) exercises, with the 26-inch baton expanded or folded depending on the situation. No foam rubber baton in training, but the real stick to acquire a good realistic gesture. What good is a safe training with a foamy baton, that will not be of no use in the street?

COURSES WITH LABEL

The BOP enjoys an important aura through the following points.

  • Multilingual Programs – BOP instructors of the ALJ are, for the most part, multilingual (English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) to provide a direct and understandable formation for everybody.
  • ROS – BOP Label – The courses, training plan, recycling, feed back, the certificate renewable every year, give the instructor ROS – BOP a highly prized quality label.
  • Training on demand – Captain Levinet offers his expertise, through initial and continuing training, with common units, as well as specialized units of the police and army (swat, intervention groups) in France and around the world. Instructors are also formed by a gradual course toward the ROS – BOP Instructor qualification.
  • International recognition – The exhibitions and BOP seminars of the founder Jacques Levinet in the four corners of the world, have aroused the enthusiasm of the international experts of the security forces.

The Police Operational Baton or BOP is not an exhibition accessory, as the nunchaku, but the best non-lethal weapon, of which Captain Jacques Levinet has managed to extract all the professional efficiency, unmatched until now.

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About Master Jacques Levinet

International Expert nominated Grand Master 2007 and Pioneer of Martial Arts at London and New York, black belt 10th Dan. He is the founder and black belt 10th Dan Self Pro Krav, Cane Defense, Stick Defense and Police Training ROS. He is the director of the Academy AJL and the founder of several methods of self defense both for civilians and law enforcement members. He is also the founder of the International Police Confederation IPC. Some of his ranks are black belt 10e dan Self Pro Krav, Cane Defense and Training ROS Police, 6e dan Karate. http://www.academielevinet.com and http://www.international-police-confederation.com

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