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New Medical Review of GST Program

December 1, 2015

Another Review Highlighting the Safety of the Techniques Officers Learn

In today's environment of increased public scrutiny of police force applications, it is important to be transparent to the community in regards to the measures put in place to account for the safety of both the suspect and officer. While there will always be risks in, what the U.S. Supreme Court describes as the "tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving" environment of a police force incident, we feel that GST gives both officers and suspects the best chance of avoiding serious injury.

In 2014 GST was medically and legally reviewed for Law Enforcement. GST earned high marks in both of those reviews. In October of this year (2015), GST underwent an additional medical review. In this review, each technique was rated on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest score). 18 out of the 23 techniques received the highest rating (5 out of a possible 5). The 5 remaining techniques received a rating of 4 out of 5.

The report states that, a GST-trained individual has the ability to use force to control a "combative/violent" subject "in the worst of circumstances " and "completely neutralize him if necessary without inflicting life threatening injury or causing permanent debility".

The reviewer goes on to state that "GST absolutely focuses on mitigating injuries and via the methods applied presents an image to the public consistent with our principals. I recommend the GST course unconditionally"

To read the review in its entirety, click here.

To learn more about the program or to register for an upcoming GST course, click here.