This is an industry standard training course for pepper spray that significantly reduces your liability and increases your value in the workplace. The lesson plan is by PPC. The code for this certification is OCAT (Oleoresin Capsicum)
The OCAT® program is designed for public safety officers who deal with conflict or potential violence. This includes corporate security, federal, state and local law enforcement organizations, contract security companies, academic or healthcare law-enforcement and security, corrections, military police, probation and parole, bail enforcement, and executive protection. More than 8,000 OCAT® instructors have been trained worldwide.
Through a combination of Practical Exercises and Classroom instruction you will learn how to:
- Identify the stages of conflict in order to: recognize the threat, reduce the threat, and determine how and when to use force.
- Apply state-of-the-art tactical concepts such as: spraying techniques, disengagement, proper defensive positions, methods of movement, multiple opponent defense, contact and cover system, defense against moving attacks, ground defense, and drawing techniques.
- Avoid liability suits through: Certified training, understanding the effects of OC spray, identifying factors which justify OC use, and proper OC incident documentation.
- OCAT® is a non-product specific training program. Once trained and certified you and your agency decide which brand, canister size, heat and spray pattern suit your needs.
- Getting sprayed is not necessary for certification in the private sector. No one gets sprayed!!!
- What is OC?
- Heat of OC, Concentration Levels and Calculating Capsaicin Content
- Spray Patterns
- Skin Sensitivity, Effects on the Eyes and Respiratory System
- Other Effects and After Effects
- How to Use OC
- General After Use Guidelines and Post Exposure Cleansing
- In-Custody Deaths and Recognizing Excited Delirium
- General OC Information, Number of Bursts, Flammability, Area Recovery, Storage and Shelf Life
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- Resistance and Control Management
- Officer and Individual Factors and Escalation Through the Levels of Control
- Recognizing the Threat
- Elements of Reporting Resistance and Control
- Agency Policies and Procedures
- Principles of Balance, Movement, Center and Reaction Time
- Defensive Position
- Relative Positioning
- Drawing Techniques
- Spraying techniques for single or multiple aggressors
- Contact and Cover System
- Moving Attack
- Ground Defense
- Defense from an OC Attack
Aerosol chemical agents have been around for many years. The impact of the use of these chemical agents wasn't significant until 1976 when Mr. Gardner Whitcomb introduced an Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray) formulation. At the request of Mr. Whitcomb, the first official OC training manual was co-written by Roland Ouellette and Ed Nowicki. OC has proven to be more effective than CS or CN, and as a result, numerous companies now manufacture OC aerosol sprays.
Since the introduction of the OCAT® "Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training" program in 1991, thousands of instructors and countless basic users have been trained from agencies such as healthcare, federal, military, law enforcement, security, and corrections. The OCAT® program is not brand specific and addresses the proper use of all OC products.
Personal Protection Consultants Inc. owns and administers the OCAT® training programs through a network of In-House Instructors and Independent Instructor-Trainers. PPC, Inc. instructors have many years of law enforcement experience, as well as nearly 20 years of OCAT® training experience.
What is Oleoresin Capsicum? Commonly called "Pepper Spray", Oleoresin Capsicum is a convenient aerosol spray that is used as a protection device. When used before hands-on defense, there is less risk of injuries to all parties.
Effects of OC? OC affects the skin, face, eyes, and respiratory system and is usually immediately debilitating. This court-defensible deterrent is reliable and has no long-term harmful effects on the recipient. OC is widely accepted as a safe control option for human service personnel.