Security Operator Course:
Research & Defense Academy (RDA) will limit the size of each class to a maximum of 20 students. The maximum student-to-instructor ratio will be no more than 10 students to 1 instructor in the classroom, and no more than 3 students per 1 staff member in the field or on the range. The Security Operator Course “SOC” (the premiere course offered by RDA) will be (6) weeks in duration, 232 training hours. The first week (40) training hours will be Security Officer Basics. Students must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following general areas:
● Washington state security officer pre-assignment training.
● Non-lethal measures to include; OC Spray, Baton, Taser, and handcuffing.
● Use of Force Model.
● Searching Personnel and Vehicles.
Weeks two and three (80) training hours will be dedicated to the use of various firearms from the security perspective. Students must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following general areas:
● Firearm safety and weapon manipulation.
● Accuracy and efficiency with various firearms.
● Sound decision making ability while properly utilizing the use of force with the
incorporation of a firearm.
Week four (40) training hours will be focused on defensive tactics. Students must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following general areas:
● De-escalation of a hostile or potentially hostile situation.
● Proper application of various defensive, compliance and control techniques relevant to
all levels of the continuum of force.
● Ability to gain control of a confrontational and/or hostile situation using the minimum
amount of force necessary.
Week five (40) hours will be dedicated to an introductory level of instruction in the field of Executive Protection and Private Investigation. Students must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following general areas:
● Basic principles of Executive Protection.
● Basic Principles of Private Investigation.
Week six (32) hours will be focused on implementing the entire spectrum of the course curriculum into intense and focused scenario exercises designed to put students into realistic and stressful situations. Students must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in implementing all the skills taught throughout the course. They must properly assess subjects and scenarios and properly execute actions in line with the proper procedures and use of force as dictated by state and federal law as well as the use of force model.