COPS 2019 - SWEDEN May-Britt Ronnebro, PC Chairperson, shares a success story

16 Jun 2019

IMG 5945IPA Sweden and IPA Sweden’s Defensive Tactics Group (DTG) arranged COPS 2019 in Uddevalla, Sweden, from 25th to 28th April 2019.  The manager for this event was Slavo Gozdzik, who is the coordinator and trainer of Police Tactics in the Swedish Police. Robert Stenhouse (DTG IPA UK), and Martin Dean were the invited lecturers and trainers from the UK. In addition, they were supported by Swedish Police Tactic trainers. All participants were hosted at a camping area in small red cottages by the Byfjorden close to the water. A few participants took the opportunity to swim in the clean and cold water to refresh after training.

The opening ceremony was held at the Police HQ in Uddevalla, where in my capacity as National President and Chairperson of Professional Commission (CPC), I welcomed 50 participants from 17 IPA Sections and gave a brief background on my support for the DTG training.

Slavo Godzik presented the history of DTG in Sweden, which started in 1996. This was followed by a lecture on the school attack in Trolhättan, which was the main reason why IPA Sweden brought 2019 COPS to the Uddevalla region:

“On 22 October 2015, a 21-year-old attacked Kronan School in Trollhättan, Sweden, with a sword. He killed a teaching assistant and a male student, stabbed another male student and a teacher, and died later of the gunshot wounds he received during his apprehension. The second teacher who was wounded, died in hospital six weeks after the attack. Police classified the attack as a hate crime, after CCTV footage showed that the 21-year-old with far-right anti-immigrant sympathies, who was shot by officers arriving at the scene, had selected his victims on the basis of their skin colour”.

With this background the participants then listened to Richard Dean with immense interest on his lecture on human behaviour.

Day one included lectures on:

  • ESDS & Basics of Explosive Self Defense System
  • Realistic Ground Tactics
  • Point shooting / The principles of using firearms in close distance without the use of sight
  • First Aid / What can be done with the knowledge and equipment

Day two involved:

  • Arresting & Control Tactics
  • Combat Drills
  • Spontaneous Knife Defense
  • Human Behaviour, Switch the violence on and off

During the final evening at the Ski Club Center Bjursjöstugan, all participants received diplomas for completion of the training.

This event would not have taken place without the large financial support, as well as assistance with regard to premises and equipment from the Municipality of Uddevalla, Uddevalla Tourist Council, Uddevalla Fire Brigade and many local businesses.  

The Defensive Tactics Groups are recognised by the Chairperson of the Professional Commission and are now known as professional interest groups within the IPA.  DTGs are established in Sections Sweden, Belgium and the UK, supported by their national boards. IPA members from several other sections have shown their interest, and I invite them to contact temporary PC members Robert Stenhouse and Sven Maertens. 

Thank you to Sections Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, North Macedonia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, who made it possible for IPA members of their sections to participate. A wonderful mix of genders and ages enabled all of them to receive excellent training, exchange national practices, and network.

May-Britt V.R. Ronnebro, President IPA Sweden & PC Chairperson