Pepper Spray Defense

In our world, there are “Yes People,” “Maybe People,” and “No People.” Sometimes the “No People” want to threaten, assault, or attack our uniformed or enforcement-related personnel. While contact with “No People” is usually rare, any event can lead to employee injuries, lost work time, or stress. If your agency puts uniformed or enforcement personnel into the field, or otherwise allows employees to carry pepper spray in the performance of their duties, then it’s useful for them to get Pepper Spray Defense training. OC (or oleoresin capsicum) Pepper Spray is a safe and effective defensive deterrent against attackers who want to hurt your enforcement employees. It is a proven tool, which does not cause permanent damage when used properly. OC Pepper Spray gives your employees an immediate option for personal protection that does not require putting hands-on their attackers. With proper training, the pepper spray can be legally carried, can help to make your employees feel more comfortable in hostile field situations. While there is no license or training required in California to carry pepper spray, most municipalities seek to lessen their liability by providing training for their employees. If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact the California JPIA training division by email,, within two business days of the training date, noting that the Authority is closed on Fridays. (Duration: 4 Hours)
Topics Covered:
  • Discussions of the legal, medical, and ethical issues around pepper spray use as a defensive tactic
  • Prevention and reduction of injuries to staff
  • How to reduce liability risk and unnecessary media attention
  • Comply with state and federal guidelines
  • How to empower your security staff and create a culture of safety
  • Hands-on training in the carrying, drawing, and use of pepper spray against one or more attackers (Participants are not required to be sprayed as part of the training.)

4 hours
Initial basic and recertification training for employees who must deal with angry, threatening, or violent people as part of their work
Who should attend:
Employees who must deal with angry, threatening, or violent people as part of their work, such as, Park Rangers, Lake/Campground Rangers, Building Inspectors, Code Compliance Officers, Police Community Service Officers, School Security Officers, Animal Control Officers, and Parking Enforcement Officers.
Every 2 Years
No trainings are currently scheduled at this time.
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