Peace Officer Recertification Program

As per Legislation, a Peace Officer that has an appointment must recertify every 36 months in all the following areas: use of force, baton, OC Spray, etc.


The Peace Officer Use of Force Recertification Program is the first and only program of its kind in Alberta to assist Community Peace Officers in recertifying for all their required  qualifications in the province of Alberta.  It is a fully comprehensive program, covering all aspects: use of force, handcuffing, baton, OC Spray, etc. in one program.  Tip of Spear is the ONLY school approved by the Solicitor General in Alberta to offer this comprehensive program.  The recertification is for all Level 1 Peace Officers with active appointments ONLY.

This blended model consists of highlighting critical areas with several components: a combination of online and in-person lecture, with an additional mandatory physical applicable exercise designed to support skills in the field.  There is a mandatory two day in-person practical training component that includes written and practical exams.  The online course must be completed prior to the in-person practical training/exam days.


Course Components (click on each one for more information):

  1. Peace Officer Use of Force Online Course

  2. Defensive Tactics Handcuffing and Baton Recertification

  3. OC Spray Recertification

With the completion of this recertification, you will receive 3 certificates from:

  • Tip of Spear (for the online component)

  • HFRG (for the Defensive Tactics component)

  • OC Spray


  1. A current Peace Officer Appointment, along with proof

  2. Indoor running shoes

  3. Clean physical training clothing

  4. Towel

  5. Optional - Pen / notepad / Duty Belt-Handcuffs, flashlight, non-cut gloves, Handcuff Key

Peace Officer Use of Force Online Course


Use of Force Online Course: 4 hrs

  • CCC  

  • Identify the 5 Principles in the Use of Force

  • Identify and describe the 5 Subject categories in the Use of Force Model

  • Identify the 5 Officer Responses in the  Use of Force Model

  • Define the Theory of Attack

Defensive Tactics Handcuffing and Baton Recertification


These components are from the HFRG Defensive Tactics program.


Tactical Handcuffing: 4 hrs

Peace Officers do a great amount of compliant cuffing.  This content is reviewed in detail as well the controlled cuffing. This is the content in prone control or ½ mount. This application present critical thinking and problem solving while simplifying the cuffing process.


Baton Training: 4 hrs

Legal consideration for use of batons/impact weapons, striking techniques, advantages and disadvantages of to use of batons.


Upon completion of training, students should be able to:

  • Identify the context and appropriate use of the baton

  • Demonstrate precautions to reduce the likely occurrence of legal liability

  • Identify the force options context regarding baton usage

  • Identify and explain the function and parts of the baton

  • Explain the primary objective of baton use

  • Identify primary target areas for strikes and deadly force target areas


OC Spray Recertification

Oleoresin Capsicum Spray (OC Spray): 4 hrs


This course has been certified through the Alberta Solicitor General as an approved program in it's content and delivery. The program has been created to give you the skills to properly assess the appropriateness of use, understand the advantages and disadvantages of using OC Spray, carry, draw and deployment considerations as well as active drills for skill development. 


Upon completion of training, students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply OC Spray in tactical situations

  • Understand the general concepts of OC Spray including: 

    • Scoville Units

    • Product Information

    • Maintenance

    • Physiological Effects

    • Positional Asphyxia

    • Psychological Effect

    • Excited Delirium

    • Advantages and Disadvantages

    • Decontamination

  • Optional Principles of Weapon Retention Disarms Scenarios:

    • Threat management and intelligence information

    • Threats Reality based snapshot scenarios and drills 

Group Training

Tip of Spear offers this program for companies who have several staff that need training.  Please contact us for more information and to book us.

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