Police Offensive/Defensive Knife Tactics

By Jim Weiss and Mickey Davis

Only a few law enforcement academies teach knife tactics to cadets. In Ohio, one of the first is the Central Ohio Technical College (C.O.T.C.). The college’s course is titled Knife: Offensive/Defensive Application (K.O.D.A.), and is primarily based on knife training applications for police officers who find themselves in life-threatening encounters.

Historically, police training involves tactics that can be used by officers when they are exposed to felons wi...