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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

MC Kimball and Associates, LLC has provided Basic, In-Service, Advanced Officer, and Perishable Skills Training since 1989.  Our classes have been taught statewide to local law enforcement, supervisory level law enforcement, middle management law enforcement, executive level law enforcement, probation, parole, juvenile institutions, code enforcement, military police, federal police, federal law enforcement.

Note to Reader:

Our classes have been California P.O.S.T. and S.T.C. certified.  Our Anti-Terrorism and 21st Century Terrorism Classes have been California D.O.J. Certified.  For a list of our new AB 109 classes please contact us.

Special threats

This class explores the times that you can be most vulnerable and how to avoid deadly confrontations, accidents and compromising situations, while at the same time elevating situational awareness and maintaining vigilance. The curriculum includes viable options for the student to avail themselves of, beginning with the recognition of threats, transitions, hostile and aggressive behaviors and the different forms of complacency. The student will be exposed to safety issues involving environments in the office, field, and away from work. Students will also look at techniques to survive the aftermath of a critical incident. A variety of safety resources will be provided and explored.


Tactical Communications

  1. Increase Personal Safety and Decrease Stress for the employee.
  2. Enhance Conflict Management to assist employees in preventing confrontations from becoming volatile situations.
  3. Enhance Professionalism and assist employees in recognizing the impact their words have on the public.
  4. Reduce Vicarious Liability by training employees how to handle encounters skillfully and professionally thereby reducing potential complaints and lawsuits


Tactical Communications teaches the art of persuasion using specific communication strategies that allow the user to use their presence and words to redirect another’s behavior and to generate voluntary compliance.

The course embodies a philosophy that maintains how to be better prepared in a verbal encounter, how to listen and speak more effectively, how to engage others through empathy and how to avoid the most common conversational mistakes.

Tactical Communications is a perishable skill and is taught in a continued building block style to promote problem solving, decision making and conflict management skills. Perishable skills are those skills if not repeated or reviewed on a regular basis are skills that are lost.  Regarding risk management and assessment, perishable skills which have low frequency of use and a higher probability of complaint or liability are the skills which should be reviewed most often.


Contact Control and Defense

  1. Gross motor skill strategies effective in any defensive environment
  2. How to create control
  3. Use of proper stance and balance
  4. How to control center line
  5. Effective and efficient close quarters self defense from sudden assaults


This introductory seminar is about Contact Control Defense, which is an optimal training solution to such difficult problems as handling violent assaults in confined areas.  This course will enhance the student’s awareness of weaponless defense against sudden assaults by contact weapons at close quarters – approximately six (6) to eight (8) feet. This is the “no man’s land” between use of less-than-lethal-force and use of lethal force. Whether the student is in the middle of apprehending a suspect or simply standing in a field interview position and is suddenly attacked by subject(s) wielding a contact weapon such as a screwdriver, baseball bat or a pair of scissors there is no time to deploy other options. This course provides the immediate and optimum solution for close quarter and confined area defense options using gross motors skills strategies to resolve self defense issues.

This class is an simple yet effective class both for the everyday person and for the advance officer dealing with immediate control needs.


Dynamic Response to Situational Awareness

Ever wonder what skills you might call upon if you were verbally assaulted?  What are your options should you encounter a surprise aggressive physical assault?  How would you recognize an assault that is developing against you?  How would you create distance or place yourself into a safety zone to avoid the physical assault?  What do you do in close quarters with a rapid evolving encounter?  Can you utilize the tactical verbal diffusing technique of the 5-step process from tactical communications?

Dynamic Response to Situational Awareness provides the students with options and a platform from which to practice their response under controlled conditions simulating rapid evolving situations similar to those encountered in the field.   Scenario based training provides real life field experiences and an opportunity to utilize tactical communications to diffuse an incident, and principals of exiting a physically hostile situation to create distance barriers.

Dynamic Response to Situational Awareness will provide the student with an ongoing enhanced building block style of training that dove tails, directly relates too and transitions beyond Safety and Survival and Tactical Communications giving the students active components to utilize to avoid physical confrontational situations.  Students are required to participate in both verbal and physical activities demonstrating the curriculum.  A variety of visual aids, lecture, audio and physical demonstrations are provided, in a building block style, for the student to learn from.  Students are asked to participate, share experiences, and solutions to real life events.


Management of Influenced Behavior

  1. Individuals under the influence of alcohol
  2. Individuals under the influence of anger
  3. Individuals under the influence of drugs
  4. Individuals under the influence of mental instability
  5. Management and communication of different personality types
  6. Management of difficult people
  7. Management of aggressive behavior


Success with different personality types depends on your ability to manage different situations and personalities.  But how often do we practice for management of personalities under the influence?   Whether a personality is under the influence of alcohol, anger, drugs, or is chronically mentally ill, there are certain rules that apply to each situation and certain rules that should not be violated to increase both success and safety when managing influenced behavior.  Recognizing the traits of influenced behavior and understanding and practicing the base rules will increase safety and success.


Safety and Situational Awareness

This class is designed to give the student a heightened state of awareness both on the job and off the job.  The class explores the times that we can be most vulnerable, how to avoid confrontation, and how to avoid accidents and compromising situations while elevating awareness and maintaining vigilance.  The curriculum explores viable options for the student to avail themselves of beginning with the recognition of transitions, and elevation of awareness.   Also explored during the class will be the indicators of aggressive or hostile body language.  A variety of resources are explored for the student to utilize.

At the conclusion of the class, the student will have a greater understanding of the potential threats that they face both on a daily basis and during special events or operations.  Students will be up-dated on current trends being utilized by the criminal element to compromise the safety of personnel.  The student will be provided with options that they may choose to utilize in a variety of situations and that will enhance their situational awareness.


Creative Interviewing

  1. Free format interviewing
  2. Cognitive Interviewing
  3. Rapport Building
  4. Interview of the Elderly
  5. Interview of Children
  6. Interview Preparation


This course is designed to enable professionals to enhance their ability to gain information and determine the truth through the interview process. Skills are taught to enable detection of deception by analysis of non-verbal and verbal communication.

The goal of an interview is to obtain information.  The definition of an interview is the asking of questions without stress.  Being able to have success in the interview process with different personality types depends on your ability to manage different situations and personalities during the interview process and to understand the differences between and interview and an interrogation.


Gang Basics

  1. The gang mindset
  2. Identification of gangs
  3. Gang intervention and prevention strategies
  4. Graffiti abatement
  5. Domestic gangs
  6. International gangs
  7. Motorcycle gangs
  8. Gangs in the military


Instructor Commander Mike Kimball (retired) has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and is a court certified, subject matter expert in criminal gangs. He is currently the regional representative for the Northern California Gang Investigators Association and serves as a consultant to various government organizations in addressing gang problems in their respective areas.


Gang Trends

  1. Identify and understand the influence of prison gangs, the influence of ritual worship in gangs, signs of gang affiliation and street related gang activities.
  2. Identify and understand current trends both in the prison system and on the streets      with the new Hybrid gangs “Instant Gangs” and the role of technology.
  3. Recognize the meanings of gang tattoos and other prison tattoos
  4. Recognize the threat of gangs and domestic terrorism.
  5. Discuss regional street gang crimes, prison gang crimes and disciplinary system that address gang violence.


This class focus’ on current trends and is presented in a format that is useful to the advanced gang investigator as well as the new gang investigator.  The material presented is consistent with other information on gang activity throughout the state.


21st Century Terrorism

  1. Historical Facts
  2. Terrorist Tactics
  3. Terrorist Mindset
  4. The Threat Overview
  5. Weapons of Mass Destruction


This course will provide you with a current overview of the terrorist threat, including historical background information and a review of foreign national terrorist groups operating in the United States of America today.


Anti-Terrorism Concepts

  1. International Terrorism
  2. Domestic Terrorism
  3. Tactical Detection
  4. Intervention and prevention strategies
  5. Working with local law enforcement
  6. Effective Anti-Terrorism measures you can take


Anti-Terrorism Concepts is intended for anyone that might find themselves in a first responder situation.   This course is designed to enhance the capability of supervisors, and personnel in fighting the war on terrorism.  The course material covers building blocks to terrorist attacks, pre-incident indicators, terrorism interdiction, over-view of Islamic, Right Wing, and Environmental terrorist groups, legal issues and intelligence systems.


Violent Intruder Response

  1. Recognize pre-incident indicators
  2. Understand the Survival Mindset
  3. Apply courses of action during a violent intruder or active shooter incident to escape or counter directed violence
  4. Apply Law Enforcement and S.W.A.T. team protocols
  5. Utilize survival strategies in a hostage situation
  6. Implement methods designed to enhance Lockdown
  7. Use proactive uses of technology
  8. Apply strategies for staff to assist customers, students, employees to escape the danger
  9. Utilize simple but effective trauma first-aid


The odds of being involved in an “active shooter” situation are similar to being struck by lightning. However, lightning does strike, and active shooter situations do happen, and when they do the results are catastrophic. History shows that immediate and effective action taken by people on scene is the most successful way to minimize or stop the violence. The key to any survival situation is the pro-active mindset, taking action and understanding your role.


Workplace Violence

  1. Understand what workplace violence is
  2. Recognize common myths
  3. Distinguish behaviors that often precede violence
  4. Identify signs of domestic violence as it affects the workplace environment
  5. Understand the importance of early action
  6. Understand options for responding to and reporting warning signs of workplace      violence
  7. Identify the elements of tactical decision making


Research shows that over 2 million people are affected each year by violent victimizations in the workplace at a cost of more than $36 billion to U.S. corporations. Violence, however, is almost always evolutionary with pre-incident indicators. Learn to identify the earliest signs of trouble and what you can do to help prevent the violence from erupting in your workplace and take an active role in your safety and survival.


Active Crises Training

  1. Historical Facts & Case Studies
  2. Threat Assessment
  3. Research Based Proactive Approaches
  4. A.L.I.C.E. Enhanced Guidelines
  5. Countering Directed Violence


Violence is occurring every day in our malls, businesses, churches and schools.

Are you prepared to act during a crisis?

Our Active Crisis Training provides a skill set and practical application of proven techniques for individuals to survive and escape violence.

Dramatically improve your ability to disrupt and deter violent acts occurring in your environment. Our training will integrate with your current technology and teach your staff how to recognize, react, disrupt, and counter individuals who are intent on harming those within your span of control. Real life events have shown that in these situations, employees, citizens, teachers, and students are their own “First Responders” until help arrives.


Behavioral Threat Analysis

  1. Assessment Types
  2. The 6 Principles of Threat Assessment
  3. How and When to Intervene
  4. Decision Making Behavior
  5. Research Based Proactive Approaches
  6. A great Complement to our Active Crisis Training


There is no single “profile” of risk factors that accurately determines the “violent intruder”. Preventing violence is a top priority today. A viable approach is that of Behavioral Threat Assessment, which uses a set of strategies or pathways to determine the credibility and seriousness of a threat and the likelihood that it will be carried out.

This process considers a full range of relevant factors and provides appropriate interventions for the potential offender (s). Perhaps most critical to keep in mind is that no single factor leads to violence. Multiple factors can cause a person to become violent. All approaches to prevention and intervention, including Behavioral Threat Assessment, should be based on what we actually know about the phenomenon.


Safe Travel and Passage

  1. Identify body language indicators
  2. Recognize pre-attack cues
  3. Utilize tactical breathing and adrenaline      control
  4. Implement strategies to minimize risk
  5. Control fear
  6. Use safety procedures and rituals
  7. Your Check List For Safe Travel and Passage


Your most valuable assets are your family and your employees. Give them the confidence with safe travel strategies and techniques for both domestic and international travel. Educate them on how to protect themselves in today’s global environment. Learn critical strategies, techniques, and procedures to minimize travel risks. Understand the affects of adrenaline and how to control and minimize adrenaline overload. Reduce your exposure, train your employees or equip your family on safe travel techniques for today’s travel.


Professional Development

  1. Correlate the relationship between personal and organizational principles and values
  2. Exercise greater leadership in personal and professional activities
  3. Increase personal influence with individuals and groups to accomplish organizational      goals
  4. Analyze issues from multiple perspectives
  5. Developincreased self-confidence and confidence in the ability of others
  6. Provide support and development for peers and subordinates
  7. Recognize and address areas for personal improvement
  8. Effectively integrate management skills and leadership qualities


Learn how to be more effective professionally and personally. This series is designed to maximize the growth and learning of students by exploring roles and instilling ownership in personal development. This is accomplished by providing a dynamic environment of ongoing assessment and change where students explore their interests. The course progresses from self-evaluation, to interpersonal evaluation, to organizational relationships.


Psychological Stress Survival

Our jobs demand that we stay alert and aware, constantly assessing situations and surroundings for the protection of others. We develop a state of hyper vigilance that other professions do not encounter. We may go hours or days without anything ever happening. Being in a state of hyper vigilance can cause side effects that affect us similar to P.T.S.D. Nightmares, flashbacks, anger, concentration problems, emotional detachment, avoidance of people and places, fear, emotional anticipation, anxiet. These are some of the signs and symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

As many as one in three who serve may fall victim to PTSD a condition that can lead to depression, addictions, eating disorders, family and job conflicts.

Psychological Survival will give you techniques to overcome assaults both personally and organizationally that often transform idealistic and committed individuals into angry, cynical individuals, leading to significant problems in both their personal and professional lives. Included in our curriculum are concepts and techniques to cope with unanticipated and rapidly changing encounters and practical tools to help command and control field encounters and life’s pressures.


Tactical Duty Knife

  1. Solutions to edged weapons assaults
  2. Solutions to confined quarters assaults
  3. Offensive solutions
  4. Deployment
  5. Real world tactics
  6. Edged weapons countermeasures


This “Tactical Duty Knife” training course is the only comprehensive POLICE and SECURITY knife course that provides for your safety in the everyday use of the knife as a utility tool, a rescue tool, and as an emergency means of immediate defense. It is the first and only “knife” class in history that deals with the realistic employment of a bladed instrument as a means of defense by peace officers. We teach the application of force in such a manner that not only will you have the best training possible to survive an extremely dire situation, but also an understanding of the criminal, civil, administrative, and political consequences that the use of a knife in a defense situation carries with it.


We also offer the following Courses:

  1. Arrest and Control
  2. Impact Weapons
    1. Straight Baton
    2. Side-handle Baton
    3. ASP Expandable Baton
  3. Defensive Tactics
  4. Taser
  5. OC Pepper Spray
  6. A.L.I.C.E.
  7. Solo Engagement Tactics
  8. Report Writing
  9. Cognitive Interviewing
  10. Interview and  Interrogation
  11. Physical Security and Crime Prevention
  12. Protective Details
  13. Ethics, Deportment, and Professional Conduct
  14. Human and  Public Relations
  15. Cultural Awareness
  16. Wellness
  17. Stress  Management
  18. Introduction to Basic Investigations
  19. Unusual Occurrences
  20. Response to Crimes in Progress
  21. Scenario Based Training


For Additional classes not listed and for our broad range of custom developed classes for the law enforcement professional, please contact one of our staff members.










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