The program focuses on minimizing risks for officers and the people they deal with in the physical interactions required of law enforcement officers. Strategies in LEJJ are primarily based on the principles and techniques of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, but also incorporates defensive and control tactics from other martial arts.
LEJJ training has already proven itself to help officers perform their duties safely. This is based on data and feedback from the Pittsfield Police Department, where the bulk of LEJJ participants are employed. The training has also shown to improve things like officer stress levels and confidence, improving their overall health and well being. Ultimately, this also leads to better service for the community. Programs like LEJJ have consistently shown to be beneficial around the country.
A program like LEJJ had been on the drawing board at ZenQuest for some time. What made it possible was a shift in thinking about how this affects officer interactions in the line of duty. Now that there is proof and positive data nationally that shows that this kind of training works, agencies are making it easier for these programs to happen. Liability insurance companies are now even partially funding these programs.
With the expansion of the LEJJ program, ZenQuest will soon add another LEJJ class on Friday mornings at 9:15 AM. This will help accommodate the officers’ busy schedules and provide them with additional training when possible.
Thanks to all of the participating officers and supporting students for helping to make LEJJ a success. Special thanks to Chief Mike Wynn for his support in the continued development of the LEJJ program at ZenQuest.