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                                   L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat

“Overcoming Size Differences”





Date:                October 17-18, 2013


Location:          St. Paul Police Department Annex                         

                        3rd Floor Classroom / 2nd Floor Gym                                  

100 East 10th Street                                             

Training Room and Gym                                       

                        St Paul, MN 55101


Time:                0800-1700                                                          Recommended Hotels


Instructors:      Lt Kevin F. Dillon (Ret)

                        Crprl Tony Follen - MN State Patrol

                        Off Josh Seifert - Bloomington PD


POST:               16 Credits


Cost:                $ 425.00


L.O.C.K.U.P. is based on a strong foundation of science that has been approved by medical review.  It is a complete system that covers the officer’s initial approach, communication, conflict diffusion and/or physical control ending in arrest and transport. The manual is clear and concise to provide greater stability for future legal concerns. The movements are basic and easily translated to officers of all physical fitness and size differentials.  Officers train in realistic situations while outfitted with their duty equipment (vest, gun belt, etc.) which enhances recall for longer periods of time. Great emphasis is placed on being an “honorable warrior” by being able to diffuse and not create hostile conflict, use violence appropriately, quickly and efficiently when needed, and treat the community with compassion and respect.  While hammering on ethics and values, L.O.C.K.U.P. also teaches officers to work together as a team.


Thru PDI, SPPD has been involved with L.O.C.K.U.P. for 2 years due to the recommendations of Officers Terry Erdman and Bob Jerue.  As of the January 1, 2013, SPPD will have 17 certified Instructors.  60 members of 28 different agencies such as the Federal Marshall Service out of Arizona, Officers from MN, Canada, Iowa, and North Dakota, have attended our L.O.C.K.U.P. Instructor courses.  L.O.C.K.U.P. is the POST certified system for the entire states of Rhode Island and Connecticut. Metro Transit PD, Hennepin County SO, Hennepin Medical Center, Duluth PD, MN State Patrol, Bloomington PD and others are using L.O.C.K.U.P. as a part of their DT system.  In 2013, Lt Dillon will begin offering the 2nd week of the Instructor course which covers handcuffing, weapon retention, edged weapons defense, and an extended curriculum.  More info about L.O.C.K.U.P. is contained below.

                                                                                                            SPPD-PDI Staff

Controlling Larger Combatants

Controlling Larger Combatants – “Overcoming Size Differences”
for Female / Smaller Stature Officers

This two day law enforcement arrest and control course is designed for all officers since all must address larger suspects. However, female and smaller stature officers truly benefit because size and strength differentials necessitate combat strategies less reliant on pure upper body strength. The concepts and techniques can be utilized by any officer addressing a larger suspect. This course focuses on strategies that can be used in multiple encounters. When it comes to controlling larger suspects, strategies, deception and tactics must be used to obtain the advantage. The same L.O.C.K.U.P.® orientation provides the core of the instruction. The days are hands-on and mentally challenging. Officers train and drill in full gear because anything else makes no sense.
This course is offered in both 2 or 3 day formats.
Officers Learn:

  • L.O.C.K.U.P. Police Training System and Principals
  • Situational Awareness
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Identifying Pre-attack indicators
  • Strategies to Access Back Up
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Police Engagements
  • Fear Management and Control
  • Police Combat vs. Defensive Tactics
  • Fighting Techniques and Fatigue
  • Circle of Combat Training
  • Physical Manipulations
  • How to Prepare Accurate Reports Documenting Incidents
  • Verbal Judo and Communications Skills
  • Team Approach and Strategies
  • Understanding Mass / Power and Kinetic Energy
  • Overcoming/ Understanding Size Challenges
  • Using Your Size to Your Benefit
  • Angles of Attack and Escape
  • Proper Weapon and Target Selection

“I had the honor of taking your class for female and smaller stature officers in January 08. On 03.06.08, I was driving with my partner when a fight broke out a local bar. I saw a 6″0, 210 male choking another male and punching him in the stomach. I approached from his 6 and performed a LOCKUP takedown. I maintained control until my backup arrived. If there’s anyone who doesn’t think L.O.C.K.U.P. works. Here is your evidence. It does! Thank you!” Officer Jen Garcia 5’7 95lbs “

“This course saved my life when I was attacked.” Dep. S.E.  – St Johns County Sheriff’s Office

Go to: to browse our website and click on “Register Here” in the right margin to fill out the registration form.  If you have any questions, please call SPPD-PDI @ (651) 266-5652 or email:



More About LOCKUP ®


Created for law enforcement, security and military personnel the L.O.C.K.U.P.® (Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply)  program teaches arrest and control maneuvers for all levels ofphysical resistance and aggression. With a primary focus on techniques for UNARMED police combat, L.O.C.K.U.P.®, developed with over 60 years of combined law enforcement and martial arts training, combines dynamic arrest and control tactics with basic fighting skills and applications. The result is that police, security and military personnel can better  protect themselves and the public they are sworn to serve.


L.O.C.K.U.P. ® is currently the only accepted police combat (Defensive Tactics) system in the State of Connecticut and has also been instructed in over 17 states within the United States and four countries.  Developed and led by Lieutenant Kevin Dillon (Ret), a 25-year veteran law enforcement officer, close quarter combat and martial arts expert, L.O.C.K.U.P. ® training courses are offered throughout North America and internationally to qualified law enforcement / military and  security professionals. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® is fully consistent with the principles and legal guidelines established for police use-of-force.


L.O.C.K.U.P. ® teaches empty-hand maneuvers that can be effectively deployed by trained personnel during violent physical altercations. It adapts specific fighting maneuvers to fit an officer’s physical and physiological change during these altercations, thus maximizing effectiveness of the combative movements. Incorporating numerous police combat concepts, techniques and maneuvers, L.O.C.K.U.P. ® is not based on any one martial art or fighting system. It is designed specifically for the needs of today’s “officer on the street” who receives limited training, wears restrictive uniforms and body armor, and is bound by laws, regulations and ethical values.

The L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Combat Program is a complete police arrest and control system focused on the following:

Effective Communications Skills for De-Escalation

L.O.C.K.U.P. ® training instructs officers to assess a situation prior to engagement by reading body language, detecting verbal cues, identifying pre-attack indications, signs of resistance and  aggression, and   accessing appropriate assistance for a proper tactical response or by taking first action to immediately control the engagement before escalating higher levels of force.  The training also focuses on effective verbal communication and de-escalation skills to defuse a hostile encounter.

Arrest and Control Combat Maneuvers and Techniques

L.O.C.K.U.P. ® teaches dynamic arrest and control maneuvers along with core fighting skills and applications. These maneuvers simplify the take-down process by teaching officers ways to manipulate the body and skeleton of a combatant. In addition, officers will learn new ways to control resisters and attackers while also learning to defend against assorted weapons attacks in “real world” situations. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® also teaches exclusive techniques based on the physical and physiological changes the human body experiences before, during and after a fight. With this knowledge, an officer can maximize effectiveness by employing the appropriate techniques that match his/her body’s identified physiological change.


L.O.C.K.U.P. ® is not a generic defensive tactics system. It is an arrest and control combat system designed foroffensive strategies, and immediate control of suspects demonstrating resistance or aggression. This methodology has been proven to be effective. Immediate control by offensive control techniques greatly reduces a physical engagement from escalating to higher levels of force. Offensive does not mean excessive. It means immediate control, thus reducing injuries to civilians and officers.

Drilling for Proficiency

L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Training employs a system of realistic and challenging “drills” to develop proficiency. Throughout military and police history, drilling has proven to be the most effective way in training personnel in responding properly in highly stressful situations. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® simulates these stressful situations and trains personnel through repetitive drilling.

Contextual Training

It has been proven that training in the arena of which you must perform greatly enhances recall and performance. Wearing full belt gear, officers are introduced to numerous  simulated environments that train them in identifying and adjusting to different surroundings and responses.  Some “real world” environments that officers are exposed to during the drilling process are:

  • Low light conditions
  • Low light with flashing red and blue lights
  • Chaotic Scenes
  • Multiple surfaces with audible distractions
  • Slick surface environments
  • Multiple suspect drills
  • Energy depletion drills
  • Much more…

The more realistic the training, the longer the retention resulting in competent performance.
“For how you train…so shall you fight.”®

“This program provides a reasonable dynamic threat response variable under safe, relevant and realistically high street encounter situations….”
Reginald Allard Jr. 
13thjuror, LLC  Police Consultant/Expert Witness

 Strategies for Success

L.O.C.K.U.P.® focuses on law enforcement strategies and tactics and  for street deployment. Far too often if we find ourselves at a disadvantage and physically fighting with resistant or aggressive suspects that are larger, younger and often more committed. Numerous street response  strategies are discussed and practiced in training to identify potential threats before being attacked.  Strategies are the key to success when responding to resistance and aggression.  Signs of human  aggression such as body language and pre-attack indicators are added to the scenario based exercises to enhance the training objectives.



Statement of Tactical Soundness

The L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System has been fully reviewed and analyzed for  Tactical Soundness by a National Law Enforcement    Expert Company. The eleven page review document identifies human factors and the legal aspects involved in law    enforcement training. There are several cases cited to support his extensive report.  ”This program provides a reasonable dynamic threat response variable under safe, relevant and realistically high street encounter situations….”  A full copy of the report is available upon request.

Statement of Legal Soundness

The L.O.C.K.U.P.®   System was fully reviewed by a  practicing Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for Legal Soundness and Application. The system was found to fall within current statutes and case law relating to acceptable force in law enforcement activities. “I can state that the training being offered by KFD Training and Consultation LLC and the L.O.C.K.U.P.®  Police Combat System falls within acceptable parameters regarding use of force.”
Louis J. Luba, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney

Statement of Medical Soundness

The L.O.C.K.U.P. ® System has been fully reviewed by practicing medical professionals for medical soundness for both training elements as well as street deployment. The system was found to be medically sound and applicable for today’s law enforcement arrest and control system.

“When the above techniques are performed   properly, they are safe and reliable.  The techniques utilize gross skeletal manipulation of the assailant. Normal joint motion is used for the manipulation and no vital structures are attacked.  The police officers uses his/her balance, momentum, and learned technical skills to apply force as needed. Injury is very unlikely… All police and military personnel should be trained in these or similar techniques.”

Charles L. Castiglione, MD, FACS


Assessment of Success

“The agency has an excellent self defense training program which has contributed greatly to their success in low usage of less lethal impact weapons during this accreditation period.”  Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA®) Executive Summary of a CALEA® L.O.C.K.U.P.®  system. 2003—2006



Text Box: Lieutenant Kevin Dillon (Ret) 

is a twenty-five year veteran law enforcement officer, retired from the Wethersfield CT Police Department, a suburb of the state’s capitol of Hartford, CT after serving as the Detective Bureau Commander for the past three years.  Lieutenant Dillon also has commanded the department’s patrol division and served as training supervisor. As a  SWAT team member since 1993, he served as an operator, Team Leader and Commander of the regional thirty-five member SWAT team (Capitol Region Emergency Services Team.) and remains a consultant with the team. 

Lieutenant Dillon is a National Academy graduate of the F.B.I. session 223. He has also received certification from Force Science Institute in Analysis in Use of Force incidents.

As an instructor of “SWAT” and police fighting tactics since 1988, Lieutenant Dillon developed and teaches his L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System. L.O.C.K.U.P.® an acronym for “Law Officers Combat Kinetics, Unarmed Panoply,’ is a comprehensive fighting approach, based on gross motor skill  concepts, that actually reduces injuries to citizens and police officers.  L.O.C.K.U.P. ® teaches empty-hand maneuvers (Defensive Tactics) that can be deployed effectively during violent physical encounters and adapts the fighting maneuvers to the officer's physical and physiological changes to maximize effectiveness. Lieutenant Dillon educates officers about the instinctual physiological and physical responses of the human nervous systems during combat. The system is consistent with and based upon the legal guidelines governing police use-of-force, appropriate as a system for officers regardless of physical attributes, and the system can be retained and deployed with minimal continuation training. L.O.C.K.U.P.® fully integrates with all other weapon system training. 

Lieutenant Dillon has created single and multiple day L.O.C.K.U.P.® (Police Combat) programs. His intensive Train the Trainer course has been adopted as the “Arrest and Control Instructor” credential for Connecticut’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council’s instructor certification. The course is the fundamental qualification for teaching in all basic training and Police Corps Academy programs.  The techniques have been proven to be effective on the street.

Lieutenant Dillon has been a practicing martial artist for the past 35 years. He earned a 4th degree Black Belt in Kenpo karate, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jui Jitsu, and has studied other systems including Shodokan and Tae Kwon Do. L.O.C.K.U.P.® is a certified “Police Combat System” and Lieutenant Dillon was promoted to 6th degree black belt by the United States Martial Arts Association. Lieutenant Dillon was also inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame  in 2005.

Lieutenant Dillon is also a State of Connecticut “Certified Law Enforcement Instructor” of various firearms systems, impact weapons and less-lethal control devices.  He is also a certified instructor in Leadership and Supervision. Lieutenant Dillon believes that combat fighting tactics must be customized to fit the police officer on the street.  

Lieutenant Dillon has appeared on national radio talk shows as well as in numerous videos including Sequential Opportunity of Kenpo Karate series; Encyclopedia of Self Defense Video/DVD and has written and released his own video/DVD series called Police Combat Tactics  Volumes 1 and 2 based on his L.O.C.K.U.P.® empty hand fighting principals. Police Combat Tactics is selling world wide.

Lieutenant Dillon developed an officer safety video series on Police Combat Strategies for Police and is a Police Academy Expert for Police He also was selected by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman (Ret) author of The Bullet-Proof Mind and the Pulitzer nominated On Killing to consult on his continuing research published as On Combat.

Lieutenant Dillon, a highly sought after speaker and trainer, has trained and consulted law enforcement and civilian (defensive tactics)  programs throughout the United States and internationally. He has lectured at conferences such as the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP)  the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

Lieutenant Dillon is also founder and president of KFD Training & Consultation LLC and His company has provided the highest level of  professional police, security training and use of force consultation for the past eight years. 

“As a hand to hand combat instructor with over 20 years of experience I am highly recommending any
of the L.O.C.K.U.P. courses for all Law Enforcement officers, no matter what your job.  I have been          involved with many different hand to hand systems within the law enforcement community and the arrest and control system taught by KD is far superior in its effectiveness and simplicity.” 


Christopher Periatt
President - Michigan Tactical Officers Assoc.


LOCAL Approved L.O.C.K.U.P. Train the Trainer Instructors;


Officer Josh Seifert

Description: Josh Seifert has been serving with the Bloomington Police Department in Minnesota since 2000. He is currently assigned to the patrol division’s Mall of America Unit. In addition to his patrol duties, Josh has been a combatives instructor since 2002 and has attended several L.O.C.K.U.P.® courses during that time. Officer Seifert was personally selected by Lt. Kevin F. Dillon (ret) to serve on his Instruction staff. He has studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Goshin Jiu Jitsu, American and Thai Boxing and has used that experience to introduce the principles of ground fighting and team arrest and control tactics in Bloomington early on in his training career.

Officer Seifert has been a firearms instructor since 2004 and is a co-developer of Bloomington’s combat pistol and gun fighting school that he teaches to several Metro agencies. Officer Seifert has completed training in two Soulis Shooting System courses and finished first in the Special Operator’s Training Association’s annual Delta Pistol Competition in 2005, 2006, 2007, and second place in 2008 and 2011.

Since 2004 Officer Seifert has been a proud member of the Bloomington Police Department’s SWAT Team. In 2005, Josh graduated from the Snipercraft Basic Sniper School and the advanced school in 2007 and continues to be heavily involved in the local police sniper training community.

In 2009 Josh completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science from Saint Mary’s University and authored his Capstone paper on the topic of Reality-Based Training. He was invited back to Saint Mary’s University to present his Capstone topic to the fall 2009 police science graduating class. When Josh isn’t working, training, or going to school, you can find him in southeastern Utah riding his mountain bike.


Corporal Tony Follen

Description: Tony Follen  has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1984; he has been a trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol since 1985.  His area of extensive expertise includes;firearms, combative skills, SWAT/tactical unit operation and command, use of force, and reality based training.  Cpl. Follen has been a member of the State of Minnesota’s Special Response Team (SRT) since 1991 and Assistant Team Leader since 1998.  He also serves as an active police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department.  Cpl. Follen is involved with pre-service and in-service training of a 600 officer Department as well as the development and implementation of new training programs for the Minnesota State Patrol.

Combative Skills  Surviving Deadly Force Encounters:

Scott County, MN 9/8-12/07 – L.O.C.K.U.P. / Kevin Dillon, Soulis Shooting Systems / Pete Soulis

Certified L.O.C.K.U.P.®  Instructor: Kevin Dillon Jordan, MN 2009, 2010, St Paul MN 2011, 2012

Certified PPCT Instructor Trainer: St. Louis, MO 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor Trainer
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor Trainer
  • Weapon Retention & Disarming Instructor Trainer
  • Impact Weapons & Collapsible Baton Instructor Trainer
  • Dynamic Training Simulations Instructor Trainer
  • Ground Avoidance Ground Escape Instructor Trainer
  • Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor Trainer

Certified PPCT Instructor: 
Shoreview, MN 1992

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor

 Certified PPCT Instructor: Grand Island, NE 2007, 2009

?      Tactical Team Close Quarter Counter Measures

 Tactical Ground Fighting

Minneapolis, MN 6/98 – Rick Faye / MN Kali Group


Maximal Use of Force – Empty Hand Techniques

Minneapolis, MN 5/99 – Rick Faye / MN Kali Group

In addition to teaching instructor certification classes at local and national levels and he has also

taught Combative skills and Firearms for Rasmussen College’s Law Enforcement Program.  Cpl. Follen attended the University of Minnesota for education in law enforcement.

Cpl. Follen was personally selected by Lt. Kevin F. Dillon (Ret.) to serve as an Adjunct Instructor for KFD Training and Cons

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