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Basic Use of Force and Tactics MDTS/Straight Baton/ PR24/OC Aerosol Projector

Basic Use of Force and Tactics

MDTS/Straight Baton/ PR24/OC Aerosol Projector

This is a physically demanding training course and participants must be injury free and in good physical condition before entering the course. 


  • Coordinator: Jason Williams
  • Length of course: 32 hours (four days MDTS/baton) plus 4 hours (1/2 day OC)
  • Course hours: 0800-1630 days 1-4, 0800-1200 day 5
  • Location: Vermont Police Academy
  • Date: 20 – 23 March, 2017 (MDTS/baton), 24 March, 2017 (OC)
  • Tuition (includes materials, lunch and administrative fees):
  • Tuition is free for all Vermont Law Enforcement Officer candidates who are sponsored by a Vermont Law Enforcement Agency and are pursuing level I or Level II law enforcement certification.
  • For all others (recertifications, audits, and others authorized to attend the course by the Director of Training):
    • If the student is staying for the MDTS/Baton Portion only:
      • Commuting: $ 66                                                                                                    
      • Overnight:  $ 183
    • If the student is additionally staying for the OC day:
      • Commuting: $ 82                                                                                                    
      • Overnight:  $ 238
  • Registration: Fax the standard in-service training application to 802-483-2343 or email it to our registrar at

Note: Gym attire to include gym shoes, duty belt, baton and handcuffs and cuff key are required for this course.  Please bring a dark colored tee shirt to wear when being sprayed with OC.  Students must provide inert OC for training. The Academy will provide live OC for practical exercise.

This course is designed to provide officers with the basics for self-protection and control and/or restraint of adversaries.  This course consists of classroom lecture, gym-work and scenario-based training. 

The first three days are mandatory under Council rule for Level I, II or III certification and will train the student in the Monadnock Defensive Tactics System.  The fourth day is optional and we will provide instruction in the use of the Monadnock Expandable Baton or the PR-24 side handle baton.  Please notify the academy whether you will require MEB or side handle baton training when registering!  The fifth day is optional and consists of a half day of OC training.   In order to attend the fifth day, you must have attended the first four days or already hold basic certification in MDTS.

Successful completion of the course will require the student to attend the full blocks of training as well as pass written and proficiency testing for basic MDTS certification, baton certification and OC certification.  Written testing requires a minimum score of 80% to pass and proficiency testing requires 100% acceptable score on the Minimal Acceptable Performance Standards set forth by Safariland.

Effective 1 January, 2014 per Council ruling, all persons certified as law enforcement officers after that date must attend and successfully complete a Council approved training course for MDTS before receiving Level I, II or III law enforcement certification.  The four-hour handcuff training provided during the Level I and II basic certification course does not meet this requirement, and only gives them the authority to carry and use handcuffs under the guidelines set forth in the provisional certification for Levels I or II. Officers must also attend and successfully complete a Council approved baton and/or Oleoresin Capsicum aerosol projector course having the authority to carry and use a baton or OC.  This course meets the minimum requirements under this new rule.