The Mission

To provide peace officers and security personnel with reality based verbal and physical control tactics that work as well on the street as they do in the classroom.


Control Tactics and Survival Skills (CTSS) Canada offers two broad classes of instruction:

• Verbal control tactics

• Physical control tactics


The purpose of these programs is to ensure that officer skills comply with the accepted Use of Force model and provide street-usable techniques that allow the officer to perform in such a manner that the officers, subjects, and bystanders safety is maintained.


Security agencies recognize that Control Tactics training is a perishable skill, and thus requires ongoing training.


The Training

CTSS Training is certified by the Alberta Solicitor General.

CTSS Training is required for any security personnel to carry handcuffs and a baton.


Taught a Predator Mindset

How to win a confrontation whether it be by using verbal or physical tactics. Winning hostile confrontations by attacking first and knowing how to initial Control Tactics Survival Skills.

Law Enforcement Tools & Tactics

Taught when and how to use your law enforcement tools and techniques to safely and effectively control a subjects behavior, within the specified Use Of Force Models.

Combat Fitness Skills

Real world confrontations are typically high intensity and low duration events. Combat Fitness trains the body to be prepared for the explosive speed and power requirements needed to prevail.

Developed Confidence with Training

Our reality based techniques are extremely effective and easy to learn, which produce graduates that are highly capable and extremely confident with their skills.

The Courses

Reality Based Personal Defense Training Solutions for your Business/Agency

Alberta Solicitor General Certified

CTSS Training


The verbal Control Tactics program are a modern, comprehensive suite of courses that encompass all aspects of communication in difficult situations. These courses are based on the latest in cognitive behavioral research and their application by expert frontline communicators.


The physical Control Tactics program are a compilation of techniques and skills learned and optimized in 30+ years of martial arts training and employment in law enforcement and as a Alberta Justice instructor. These techniques were learned from master-instructors around the world.


These verbal and physical control tactics will produce highly trained security professionals.

CTSS Instructor


Do you have the desire to teach control tactics?


Do you want to earn money teaching and certifying Peace Officers and Security Professionals in use of force?


There are separate instructor courses for verbal control tactics and physical control tactics, because the skill set is very different. The first step in becoming an instructor is completion of the complete verbal control and/or physical control tactics course(s).



• Radar/ Lidar Operator Course

The Radar/ Lidar Operator Course is the required training to be able to issue speeding violations under the Traffic Safety Act in Alberta. The course includes theory and practical application in a variety of speed enforcement equipment.

Full Courses


• Strategic De-escalation (16 hrs)

• CTSS Level 1 - cooperative subjects (16 hrs)

CTSS level 1 is a 16 hour course that provides training in human physiology, use-of-force decision making, situational awareness (summary), tactical communication (summary), arrest procedure, tactical handcuffing, and searching of cooperative subjects. (200 $) Day 1 and Day 2

• CTSS Level 2 (40 hrs)

CTSS level 2 is a 40 hour course that provides level 1 certification plus tactical control principles and strategies, impact weapon (baton) use, weapon retention, knife defense, and ground fighting. (350 $) All 5 days are mandatory CTSS level one and two courses do NOT have to be taken separately. Example : Level one is not needed before level two.


Other CTSS courses


• Alberta Basic Security Training

• Tactical Communication (8 hrs)

• Protection Awareness for Women (4-6 hrs)

• Reality Based Knife Defense (4-6 hrs)

• Oleoresin Capsicum Spray Training

• Ground Fighting

• Basic Self Defense (4-6 hrs)

• Customized Training is available

Control Tactics and Survival Skills (CTSS)

In 1986 I started my martial arts training and I received my 1st Degree Black Belt in 1992. Also in 1992 I got my first Law Enforcement job as a Peace Officer for the Summer Village of Seba Beach.


As part of the training I attended the training program at the Solicitor General Staff College which 1 week was for control tactics and self- defense. I remember being very disappointed in the control tactics I learned. The techniques taught were very basic and if any level of resistance were applied they were useless. The instructor would cover up this lack of control by saying “Things go down differently in the street. If something doesn’t work you just do what you have to do to survive.”


I knew that I knew a lot more than the instructor so I approached the department head of the training department and showed him the skills and reality based techniques I learned. I eventually became the Control Tactics Instructor at the Solicitor General Staff College and began teaching the skills and techniques I knew worked well even if the bad guy offered a lot of resistance. To this day I still train and certify Peace Officers in reality based self- defense control tactics and officer safety.


When the Government of Alberta started to regulate the security industry with respect to training, I saw this as an opportunity to train security officers . The general public and even unfortunately some law enforcement officers see security officers as untrained and uneducated. This attitude causes people to challenge a security officers authority more that if they were dealing with a police officer. I have trained security officers who do more physical arrests in a month than a police officer does in a year. I know security officers are more likely to be attacked by weapons than a police officer would.

The Founder

Shawn Baker

is a 6th degree black belt in Ketto Ryu Ju-Jutsu and has been studying

martial arts for 25 years. Shawn is a control tactics instructor for

Alberta Justice and is a certified instructor in police defensive

tactics, officer safety, ground fighting, and knife defense.


Shawn is one of a few people in Canada to be certified as a Close

Quarter Combat Instructor by Gunnery Sergeant Hans Marrero (USMC,

Ret.), the former Chief hand to hand combat instructor of the United

States Marine Corps. Shawn is a member of I.L.E.E.T.A-International

Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and served as a Law

Enforcement Officer for over 25 years.


Shawn is certified Use of Force Analyst through the Force Science

Institute and also a certified hypnotist through Omni Hypnosis Center

in Florida. He uses his knowledge to help people harness the power of

the human mind to enhance the physical and mental capabilities of the

people he trains.


With his experience and knowledge, Shawn identified deficiencies in

existing training programs. He has advocated tirelessly for revisions

to training programs so that officers are taught effective techniques.


The CTSS program brings those techniques to security professionals and

anyone working in a security-related field.


I truly believe my motto,


“There is no such thing as tough –

only trained and untrained.”


Shawn Baker

Founder / Instructor

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Agencies using

CTSS Program

Red Deer County

Strathcona County

Town of Morinville

Leduc County

Benaiah Guarding

City of Lloydminster

County of Wetaskiwin

City of Wetaskiwin

Samson Reserve / Louis Bull Reserve

Town of Penhold



Contact Us For:

• Upcoming Courses

• Course Packages

• Various Payment Options

• Course Costs

• Various Course Delivery Options

• Course Certification Process

Phone    (780) 983-5424



12832 141 St NW, Edmonton, AB  T5L 4N8

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