Wheelchairs: Contact, Control & Management


Cost: $2500 per course-Day (Department Training) | $150.00 per student (Agency Hosting)
(24 student maximum) | Course length and topic can be customized to fit your agency needs

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John Tinder has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and is a court recognized expert in Police Policy and Practices, Use of Force, Less Lethal Weapons, and TASER. John is a certified Contact and Control Wheelchair Instructor, and a certified Instructor in the Recognition, Prevention, Management, and Investigation of Excited Delirium and Agitated Chaotic Events and in the Recognition and Response to Agonal Breathing / Breathing Issues.  John is a Senior Master Instructor for Axon (formerly Taser International), a certified Arrest-Related and In-Custody Death Investigative Specialist, and a Taser Forensic Analyst and Evidence Collection Specialist. John is also a California POST Master Instructor and an instructor for the California POST Instructor Development Institute and the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations.


To provide first responders and personnel with the best practices and most updated information to reduce lawsuits and mitigation as it relates to wheelchair contacts. This course is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognize, search, and increase safety while managing the contact under ADA law. Techniques to effectively contact, control and transport subjects in wheelchairs are included, along with practical application using a wheelchair.

Each attendee will receive the 80-plus page “Wheelchair Officers’ Field Guide” mini book (a $14.95 value).

The following Training Topics are included in the course:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Definitions
  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Recognizing Visible Disabilities
  • Recognizing Invisible Disabilities
  • Prosthetic Devices
  • Medical Appliances
    • Wheelchair Types / Nomenclature
    • Disguised and Improvised Weapons
    • Hidden Weapons / Compartments
    • Contact and Control Methods
    • Search and Restraint Methods
    • Transport
    • Navigation Guidelines