gullAAmdur Associates

Full Spectrum Crisis Intervention Team Tactics


For Law Enforcement, Corrections, Parole/Probation,  Private Security and Fire/EMS


Don Gulla and Ellis Amdur have developed unique ONE and TWO-day programs that seamlessly combines all force options into one training format. Depending on your professional requirements, this can include: use of firearms, TASER™,  defensive tactics, weapons retention and verbal de-escalation tactics for aggressive and mentally ill individuals. These trainings will use the most current use-of-force training tools: SIRT Training Pistols, Mock Training X-26 Tasers and the LASR Training Software. It is an exemplary training for law enforcement, corrections, parole/probation and private security.

Professional Requirements

Tactics differ depending on one’s professional responsibilities. Therefore, Gulla and Amdur have specific trainings for first responders, correctional officers,  and probation/parole officers. Members of each profession have different responsibilities, work in different environments, carry different equipment and are governed by different rules of engagement in violent and potentially-violent circumstances. Dedicated FS-CITT trainings focus on the needs of professionals in specific settings.

Training Equipment

We bring all necessary training equipment to your site—therefore, the acquisition of training equipment is not an expense that needs to be carried by your agency. Participants should bring their department duty belt, as well as attire suitable for both classroom and hands-on training. (Belt keepers are a benefit during handgun retention training).

Specific Training Objectives

Full-Spectrum Crisis Intervention Team Tactics training can be general or specific. The trainers tailor-make trainings that combine the objectives of specific professions and specific training objectives. Among the variety of professional responsibilities are general patrol, corrections, probation/parole, court deputies, detectives and SWAT: Among the variety of training types are:

  • General Training – combines defensive tactics, combative tactics with firearms and TASER™, weapons retention and communication with aggressive and mentally ill individuals.
  • Vehicle Module – One of the most dangerous circumstances for law enforcement officers concerns vehicles. Not only can they be used as weapons against the officer, but the law enforcement officer requires specific tactics to maintain his or her safety when under attack when in their vehicle. This training emphasizes tactics specific to vehicles: from how best to approach a vehicle, where to stand and where not to stand, how to respond to attack when in or near one’s vehicle, and communication with emotionally disturbed individuals in such circumstances.
  • Domestic Violence – These are among the most dangerous circumstances that law enforcement officers face. Such situations are volatile, and can shift from relative calm to violence in an instant. Along with tactical training in managing these often chaotic situations, the officer will be familiarized with the behaviors of those in different types of domestic violence and the character disorders/mental illnesses that may be associated with each, along with best practice communication tactics to deal with them.
  • Violence within a Correctional Environment
  • Suicide & Suicide-By Cop – This specialized training will focus on communication with the suicidal subject as well as tactical responses to any such incident which, all too often, can turn to a suicide-by-cop scenario. Of course, beyond the vernacular use of the term “suicide-by-cop,” this can easily become “suicide-by-correctional-officer,” “suicide-by-probation/parole officer,” etc.

Supplemental Information: Required for All Trainings

The participants each must purchase or have purchased for them copies of the Edgework book associated with their profession. (see Edgework Books)

Participant Numbers

Each FS- CITT should have a maximum number of thirteen trainees per instructor. Generally speaking, then, trainings max at 26 participants. However, Arrestling and Edgework have access to other trainers who can support the FS-CITT, so trainings can be set up with greater numbers.

Concerning Agency Required Trainings

Many agencies have statutory or other requirements for specific trainings. One particular advantage of FS-CITT trainings, is that a number of requirements can be covered in a single training—for example: with a single two day workshop, law enforcement officers can receive state-of-the art training in:

  1. Firearms
  2. Electro-conductive devices
  3. Defensive Tactics
  4. Weapon retention
  5. Suicide
  6. Mental health issues
  7. Verbal de-escalation