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Physical intervention, Exit & Breakaway Strategies

Physical intervention (PI) is a subject that is often shrouded in mystery. Some organisations shy away from any physical contact preferring to rely on communication skills. Whilst this posture is the most preferable resolution tactic it begs the question of what happens if communication fails? High risk violent situations are often fuelled by mental health issues, alcohol and drug dependency; drivers that cannot simply be negotiated out of, particularly if the offender is unwilling to cooperate.

The TFS approach provides a robust platform that provides a natural progression from the lowest level of resolution, using the conflict continuum as the guiding principle, incorporating the following strategic levels of engagement:

Level 1: Tactical communication skills

Level 2: Conflict resolution skills & lone working

Level 3: Application of Physical Intervention

Delivered in tandem with an LLB practitioner and leading PI expert the programme engages with the key legal drivers, social responsibility and camera friendly applications that incorporate the body mechanics methodology, reliant on momentum and restriction of movement as opposed to force and pain compliance.

Key themes:

  • Professional image & protecting the brand
  • Continuum of force model
  • Dynamic Risk Assessments
  • Critical thinking
  • Lone working & body mechanics
  • What does winning look like?
  • The audit trail

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“We have worked in partnership with TFS to develop a bespoke Physical Intervention Programme, providing our Business Protection and contract Crime Support Investigator teams with important knowledge to help them work together and keep themselves and our partners safe”.

Gary Huggan
Business Protection Operations Manager,
Waitrose Business Protection Department
Waitrose, John Lewis Partnership

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