Lieutenant Kevin Dillon (Ret)
is a twenty-five year veteran law enforcement officer, retired from the Wethersfield CT Police Department, a suburb of the state’s capitol of Hartford, CT after serving as the Detective Bureau Commander for the past three years. Lieutenant Dillon also has commanded the department’s patrol division and served as training supervisor. As a SWAT team member since 1993, he served as an operator, Team Leader and Commander of the regional thirty-five member SWAT team (Capitol Region Emergency Services Team.) and remains a consultant with the team.
Lieutenant Dillon is a National Academy graduate of the F.B.I. session 223. He has also received certification from Force Science Institute in Analysis in Use of Force incidents.
As an instructor of “SWAT” and police fighting tactics since 1988, Lieutenant Dillon developed and teaches his L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System. L.O.C.K.U.P.® an acronym for “Law Officers Combat Kinetics, Unarmed Panoply,’ is a comprehensive fighting approach, based on gross motor skill concepts, that actually reduces injuries to citizens and police officers. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® teaches empty-hand maneuvers (Defensive Tactics) that can be deployed effectively during violent physical encounters and adapts the fighting maneuvers to the officer's physical and physiological changes to maximize effectiveness. Lieutenant Dillon educates officers about the instinctual physiological and physical responses of the human nervous systems during combat. The system is consistent with and based upon the legal guidelines governing police use-of-force, appropriate as a system for officers regardless of physical attributes, and the system can be retained and deployed with minimal continuation training. L.O.C.K.U.P.® fully integrates with all other weapon system training.
Lieutenant Dillon has created single and multiple day L.O.C.K.U.P.® (Police Combat) programs. His intensive Train the Trainer course has been adopted as the “Arrest and Control Instructor” credential for Connecticut’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council’s instructor certification. The course is the fundamental qualification for teaching in all basic training and Police Corps Academy programs. The techniques have been proven to be effective on the street.
Lieutenant Dillon has been a practicing martial artist for the past 35 years. He earned a 4th degree Black Belt in Kenpo karate, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jui Jitsu, and has studied other systems including Shodokan and Tae Kwon Do. L.O.C.K.U.P.® is a certified “Police Combat System” and Lieutenant Dillon was promoted to 6th degree black belt by the United States Martial Arts Association. Lieutenant Dillon was also inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lieutenant Dillon is also a State of Connecticut “Certified Law Enforcement Instructor” of various firearms systems, impact weapons and less-lethal control devices. He is also a certified instructor in Leadership and Supervision. Lieutenant Dillon believes that combat fighting tactics must be customized to fit the police officer on the street.
Lieutenant Dillon has appeared on national radio talk shows as well as in numerous videos including Sequential Opportunity of Kenpo Karate series; Encyclopedia of Self Defense Video/DVD and has written and released his own video/DVD series called Police Combat Tactics Volumes 1 and 2 based on his L.O.C.K.U.P.® empty hand fighting principals. Police Combat Tactics is selling world wide.
Lieutenant Dillon developed an officer safety video series on Police Combat Strategies for Police Magazine.com and is a Police Academy Expert for Police One.com. He also was selected by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman (Ret) author of The Bullet-Proof Mind and the Pulitzer nominated On Killing to consult on his continuing research published as On Combat.
Lieutenant Dillon, a highly sought after speaker and trainer, has trained and consulted law enforcement and civilian (defensive tactics) programs throughout the United States and internationally. He has lectured at conferences such as the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Lieutenant Dillon is also founder and president of KFD Training & Consultation LLC and www.policecombat.com. His company has provided the highest level of professional police, security training and use of force consultation for the past eight years.