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I initially put this in the verified section to hopefully alleviate concerns of operation security, however the PST/OST manual is mostly open source so it shouldn't be an issue and I realised that many members may not be a verified member. Therefore I have copied the thread to the more open forum with the intent to increasing debate. Please refrain from operation info that may be sensitive, not that I believe any really is, but I am aware some people are highly sensitive. PST/OST is usually an emotive subject on this site with many (myself included) believing the current package is incomplete and lacks sufficient investment. However, it's what we have got so we may as well make the best of it. So of all the OST/PST training you have done is there: Anything training which you thought was excellent, I.E. where you run through certain drills that worked well? Is there any drills or games that reinforced the point made by the instructor, such as drills intended at highlighting the importance of keeping your hands free to react? Is there anything you would could think would make the training more realistic (within the bounds of what we have) such as stress circuits? There is a couple of things I have done during training which I think reinforces the teaching and it's interesting to see what other forces do, so any ideas would be a good talking point. It doesn't have to be bland training. Also interested in hearing from the officers in other parts of the world and what they do. @VAFive-O I know you have given a good insight into the difference in the past. So an input form you would be quite valuable. Please discuss and suggest away..
Looking at the number concerns raised around the quality/quantity of PST I start to wonder what is actually being delivered by different forces. Within the cathedral constabularies we receive two full days annually of PST, which generally covers unarmed techniques, rigid handcuffs and tactical baton training. Although these are repeated on every occasion they occasionally include cell/vehicle extraction (not that we have any), leg restraints etc. We do not have PAVA so don't cover this. We also have a written knowledge check test which must be passed along with competency assessment. We receive separate first aid training so this does not form part of PST. From some Home Office force colleagues I have spoken to it appears some officers only get one day annual refresher and in one force this includes first aid. Now the quality of instruction we receive is excellent, however, I think two days annually is insufficient, never mind one. I just wondered what the picture was nationally, and if officers are receiving only one day training annually isn't it any wonder injuries to officers are sky high. I know some posters are PST instructors so I would particularly welcome hearing from them.
Absolutely love doing PST/OST. Especially when you put everything together and do scenarios at the end. I wouldnt mind doing something like this on a regular basis, not just 2 day every year, so started reading up on Krav Maga. Anyone here take part in Krav Maga can shed some light on whether its similar to the unarmed self defence were all taught?