Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Theory Course


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The AEPS Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) online program is designed for those who deal with conflict or potential violence. This course is perfect for corporate security, federal, state and local law enforcement organizations, contract security companies, academic or healthcare law-enforcement and security, corrections, military police, probation and parole, bail enforcement, and executive protection.

This course is designed to be a basic OC course in theory and does not focus on one manufacturer of OC. Although there are many different types of OC on the market, the use and deployment of
OC in a Use of Force situation does not change from brand to brand.

Users are guided by Graham v. Connor 490 U.S. 386 (1989) was a United States Supreme Court and the objective reasonableness standard in the deployment of OC.

This course is ideal for officer’s that are already certified and serves as great review for continuing education hours or remedial training.

This course can also be used in conjunction with skills training for initial certification in the deployment of Oleoresin Capsicum.

Students that are receiving this training for initial certification should experience specifically designed practical exercises in the use of OC, the contamination of OC and the decontamination of OC.

This course discusses the following:

  • Identify the history of Oleoresin Capsicum.
  • Identify the terminology and definitions of OC.
  • Identify fact from fiction and the proper application of the use of force as it relates to OC.
  • Identify and demonstrate the proper use of the OC aerosol projectors.
  • Explain the possible health risks associated with exposure to OC aerosol sprays.
  • Identify the proper use of OC aerosol projectors and the proper decontamination techniques.
  • Identify the proper deployment tactics and use of force considerations.

The topics include:

  • What is OC?
  • Heat of OC, Concentration Levels, and calculating Capsaicin Content
  • Spray Patterns
  • Skin Sensitivity, Effects on the Eyes and Respiratory System
  • Other Effects and After Effects
  • How to Use OC
  • General After Use Guidelines and Post Exposure Cleansing
  • In-Custody Deaths and Recognizing Excited Delirium
  • General OC Information, Number of Bursts, Flammability, Area Recovery, Storage and Shelf Life
  • Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Resistance and Control Management
  • Officer and Individual Factors and Escalation Through the Levels of Control
  • Recognizing the Threat
  • Elements of Reporting Resistance and Control
  • Agency Policies and Procedures
  • Principles of Balance, Movement, Center and Reaction Time
  • Defensive Position
  • Relative Positioning
  • Drawing Techniques
  • Spraying techniques for single or multiple aggressors