By joining events, classes, or any other forms of training provided by Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) you agree to:

  • Police Judo Club Rules
  • Code of Conduct - Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA)
  • LETA Affirmation and Liability Release
  • VPD Police Judo Criminal Record Check Agreement (A criminal record clearance is required for those interested in joining the Team Practices at the TTC with VPD Judo. This is optional if you are not interested in joining those practices.)



POLICE JUDO CLUB RULES AND TRAINING TIPS

ADMINISTRATION

All students new to the club shall fully register and complete the readiness for training form (ParQ). Make sure that your e-mail address is legible so that you will be on the class e-mail list for important notices. All participants, even those trying Police Judo for a practice session, must fill out a waiver.

Complete a Security Clearance if needed (SFU Police Judo Juniors, VPD Police Judo Club/Team Practices and Volunteer Coaching).

Every member will sign in each time they train (this is also important for grading purposes). Train as often as you are able. All Police Judo Clubs except the VPD Police Judo are closed on Statutory holidays.

Show your responsibility by paying your entire (nominal) semester dues by cash or cheque within the first two weeks of each semester. Consult with an instructor if there is a serious financial difficulty that impedes payment of dues.

Purchase a Judo uniform as soon as you can (sweats will do in the interim) as this is required equipment for Police Judo training. Place your personal gear in the designated safe area away from the public access doors at SFU and JIBC Police Judo.

Be a team player. Please arrive early to set up the mats/ clean them. Stay behind to help put the mats away.

We pride ourselves in being good and respectful tenants. Please clean up after yourself and help check the gym for any personal items that are left behind

SAFETY

Try to remove all jewellery as may be injurious to yourself, others, training equipment, or to the piece of jewellery itself.

Trim your finger and toenails short for safety reasons. Remove your glasses if you can exercise without them.

Each Police Judo Club has a First Aid Kit. VPD, SFU, and the JIBC Police Judo clubs have AEDs located in the facility. Please advise the instructor if you have anything requiring first aid attention.

The safety of your training partner on the mat is of paramount importance. The safety of your partner is largely your responsibility. This duty of care is expected to be translated to the street when dealing with arrested parties. Police Judo is about the safe and ethical treatment of everyone under your care, both on and off the mat.

You are here to challenge yourself by training hard but never at the expense of the safety of your partner or yourself. If you are over-tired or have a pre-existing injury, let the instructor know and take a break or do what you can do safely. It is up to you to manage any pre-existing injuries and advise the instructors accordingly.

If you see anything that is dangerous or needs addressing, please take action and/or inform an instructor immediately (water/blood or obstacles on the floor/mat, an injury noted, or is about to occur, etc.).

Refrain from doing things that are inherently unsafe like throwing your partner off the mat, applying locks too quickly and forcefully, pushing your partner straight backwards when kneeling with them upon starting to groundfight, etc. Use your common sense!

Should medical help need to be summonsed, consult your instructor for the site location.

GUIDELINES FOR CONCUSSIONS

Head injuries and concussions can occur in judo, either in training or during competitions. Injuries to the head can potentially have serious consequences.

A concussion is any transient, post-traumatic alteration in mental function of an individual. It is an injury to the brain that results from a hit to the head, or to another part of the body that allows the transmission of impact forces to the head. It presents itself through a temporary alteration in the mental functions of the individual, and may also be accompanied by some physical symptoms.

The symptoms of a concussion may include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of consciousness, nausea, memory loss, ringing in the ears, confusion or disorientation (unawareness of time, place, date), vacant stare, lack of focus, speech impairment, sensitivity to noise and/or light, balance impairment, visual problems (ex: seeing stars, flashing lights). There may also be other symptoms such as a major decrease in performance, athlete’s difficulty with following directions given by the coach, slow responses to simple questions, slowed reaction times, displaying inappropriate or unusual reactions (laughing, crying) or behaviors (change in personality, illogical responses to sport situations).

After a first concussion, an athlete might be more at risk of suffering from concussive injuries in the future. If an athlete does have a history of repeated concussions, he or she should participate in sport activities only when full clearance to do so is obtained from a recognized medical professional.

Leading causes of concussions in sport are:
• Collisions from the blind side, or hits from behind (uncommon in judo)
• Inadequate quality of sport equipment (mat shock absorption / quality) and environment (obstacles near playing surface)
• Significantly different skill level between judokas
• Significant difference in age or weight classes between judokas
• Poor physical condition or insufficient strength

Click here to download the suggested concussion guidelines by Judo Canada.

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Personal hygiene is very important in a close contact combat sport (show up with a clean body, brushed teeth, and clean clothes).

In the spirit of cleanliness and ensuring the highest levels of personal hygiene, it is recommended that all participants wear a training shirt underneath their judogi.

Keep your uniforms clean (wash your workout gear after each session). No one wants to work out with a smelly partner!

No one shall leave the leave the gym in bare feet as we do not want anything dirty tracked in from the exterior floors (especially the bathrooms) on to the mats.

MUTUAL BENEFIT AND WELFARE = RESPECT

There is no need to bow to the instructors but do show respect for them by stopping your activities immediately when they address the class. Do not practice techniques that are not currently being worked on. This would be called a ‘private clinic’ and is not tolerated. For everyone's safety instruction is led by the lead instructor, and all students are expected to take direction from the lead instructor. Have fun but train hard; refrain from holding on-the-mat ‘tea parties’ which reflects a poor training spirit.

We are not a ‘competitive’ club; we compete with each other in a challenging and respectful way. We learn from each other, regardless of age, size, sex, or rank.

Although we do not engage in sporting competitions or follow any rules of sport, we do expect that any and all aspects of the practical and defensive/control techniques used be done in a safe manner.

These street-realistic techniques are to be done in the spirit of pointing out flaws in your partner’s fighting techniques and tactics (so gently remind them of the dangers being overlooked). Help yourself to see these flaws and thereby help your partner to train in a more aware and safer manner.

We do no formal belt testing; your seasoned and experienced instructors know at what level you are performing and there is grading criteria for coloured belts and grading criteria for black belts. Do your best to perfect your techniques and put the time in on the mat: the gradings will take care of themselves. The real test of your skills is how you perform on the street and conduct yourself as a Police Judo professional.

Strive to make yourself a better person through community involvement. We highly value public service and the spirit of volunteerism. Show your club spirit by participating in club activities and charity drives. In order to grade to Black Belt in Police Judo there is an expectation that the student will have a demonstrated commitment to volunteer work.

As Police Judo is a law enforcement training program, we will not tolerate criminal involvement or activities, drug use, gang affiliations, bullying, bad tempers, mistreatment of other judo students, or any other behaviours which make our members uncomfortable or brings the Police Judo name into a bad light. Any use of Police Judo techniques on the street must be only for use in law enforcement or personal defence situations. As such, the Head Instructors of Police Judo reserve the right to terminate any membership in the club without notice.

You may not teach Police Judo unless explicitly authorized by the Principal Instructors of Police Judo.

TRAINING

If nearing distress in a joint lock, ‘tap out’ rather than to chance the lock be placed beyond your physical limitations. Alternatively one may use the safety words to indicate a need for the partner to release the pressure (not the hold) Honour your partner’s technique of getting close to a full lock by submitting (it’s not a “death match”).

Once he/she’s tapped out (or verbally submitted), release the pressure but not the hold until you are certain it is safe to release the partner.

Do not jerk on, over-apply, or put locks on too quickly for fear of injury.

The person applying the lock must look out for his partner’s well-being regardless if he/she taps out or not. The person throwing is responsible where his partner lands so watch for other students on the mat.

Higher belts working out with beginners or yellow belts will not be applying armlocks or strangulations unless under the direction of a Police Judo Instructor.

Follow all directions of the instructor implicitly so that the class remains safe (eg. all throws done in a single direction to reduce head-to-head collisions).

Be considerate of your partner’s relative size, ability, and experience. We strive to experience challenging yet positive learning outcomes. Keep the training real but do not injure or humiliate your partner. Remember one of the key purposes of Police Judo Training is mutual benefit and respect.

Do not train after a session has ended for liability purposes. Black belt supervision is required at all times for any police judo practice. No private sessions on the mat without an Instructor present and supervising.

We do not do leg locks or ankle locks as they are dangerous and injurious. Besides, the utility and translation of ankle and leg locks to force options arrest and control scenarios are limited.

Control your anger or you will not be able to control others. Hot heads will not be tolerated. Learn to control your level of excitement or fear through controlled breathing or you will fail to perform at an optimal level.

Do not engage in horseplay as this is often when injuries occur to the players or to the students around them. There is to be no unsupervised grappling or wrestling between Police Judo students unless there is supervision from a designated Police Judo instructor.

Do not train on or near the edges of the mats as the uneven surface can cause injuries (especially when break falling).

Training is not satisfying for the instructors if you must be continuously reminded of the same safe techniques and tactics (like getting up safely or orienting yourself to face your partner after being thrown down). Correct your own imperfections by internalizing the teachings of your instructors.

You will do under stress as you train in class, so train with good technique and with safe tactics in mind!




LETA CODE OF CONDUCT / DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

1. The following terms have these meanings in this Code:

a) “Complainant” – The Party alleging an infraction
b) “Respondent” – The alleged infracting Party
c) “Parties” – The Complainant, Respondent, and any other Individuals, persons, or organizations affected by the complaint
d) “Days” – Days irrespective of weekend and holidays
e) “Administrator” – The President of the LETA who may receive an applicable complaint
f) “Harassment Advisor” – The individual appointed by the Law Enforcement Training Association who has an overall responsibility to receive and adjudicate Code of Conduct complaints along with Disciplinary Procedures in a timely manner
g) “Students” – All categories of membership or student of the Law Enforcement Training Association (dba “Police Judo”) including Instructors, Coaches, volunteers, and Directors of the Law Enforcement Training Association

Purpose

2. Affiliation with the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA – dba “Police Judo”) brings many privileges and benefits. At the same time, Individuals are expected to meet certain obligations including complying with LETA policies and this Code of Conduct. Irresponsible behaviour by Individuals can result in severe damage to the integrity of the LETA.

3. Individuals must be aware that they are expected to model behaviour appropriate for the Individual’s role as a representative of Police Judo. This document outlines the conduct expected of Individuals and the Disciplinary Procedures that Individuals are subject to if there is a complaint about an Individual’s conduct.

Application of the Code of Conduct

4. The Code of Conduct applies to Individuals’ conduct during Police Judo training, coaching activities, and events including, but not limited to, practices, clinics, camps, tournaments, practices, tryouts, training clinics, and travel associated with coaching. Adult students should be aware that Police Judo includes simulation-based training, may involve the use of swear words or harsh language during verbalized training as well as other techniques that may include techniques outside traditional judo. Complaints related to this properly contextualized training will not constitute a complaint under the Harassment Policy.

5. The Code of Conduct also applies to Individuals’ conduct outside of Police Judo-related business, coaching activities, and events when such conduct adversely affects relationships with other Individuals or athletes, or when it is detrimental to the image and reputation of Police Judo.

Police Judo and NCCP Code of Ethics

6. Instructors, Coaches, and volunteer coaches of Police Judo agree to follow the NCCP Code of Ethics (2016), which describes five Ethical Principles and the corresponding Standards of Behaviour Expected of Coaches.

Physical safety and health of students/athletes

Ensure that training or competition site is safe at all times

Be prepared to act quickly and appropriately in case of emergency

Avoid placing athletes in situations presenting unnecessary risk or that are beyond their level

Strive to preserve the present and future health and well-being of athletes

Coaching responsibly

Make wise use of the authority of the position and make decisions in the interest of athletes

Foster self-esteem among athletes

Avoid deriving personal advantage for a situation or decision

Know one’s limitations in terms of knowledge and skills when making decisions, giving instructions or taking action

Honour commitments, word given, and agreed objectives

Maintain confidentiality and privacy of personal information and use it appropriately

Integrity in relations with others

Avoid situations that may affect objectivity or impartiality of coaching duties

Abstain from all behaviours considered to be harassment or inappropriate relations with an athlete

Always ensure decisions are taken equitably

Respect

Ensure that everyone is treated equally, regardless of age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, language, creed, religion, athletic potential, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation

Preserve the dignity of each person in interacting with others

Respect the principles, rules, and policies in force

Honouring sport

Strictly observe and ensure observance of all regulations

Aim to compete fairly

Maintain dignity in all circumstances and exercise self-control

Respect officials and accept their decisions without questioning their integrity

7. Instructors, Coaches, and volunteer coaches of Police Judo who do not follow the NCCP Code of Ethics may have violated the

LETA Code of Conduct with Disciplinary Procedures and may be subject to sanction under the terms of this document.

Responsibilities

8. Individuals have the following responsibilities:

Dignity

9. Maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of students and other Individuals by:

a) Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex and sexual orientation
b) Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of students, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers, employees, or members
c) Consistently demonstrating a spirit of good sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethical conduct d) Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent practices that are unjustly discriminatory
d) Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably
e) Ensuring adherence to the rules of the sport and the spirit of those rules

Harassment

10. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as comment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive, racist, sexist, degrading, or malicious. Types of behaviour that constitute harassment include, but are not limited to:

a) Written or verbal abuse, threats, or outbursts
b) The display of visual material which is offensive or which one ought to know is offensive in the circumstances
c) Unwelcome remarks, jokes, comments, innuendo, or taunts
d) Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures
e) Condescending or patronizing behaviour which is intended to undermine self-esteem, diminish performance or adversely affect working conditions
f) Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person’s safety, or negatively affect performance
g) Any form of hazing where hazing is defined as “Any potentially humiliating, degrading, abusive, or dangerous activity expected of a beginner student by a more senior teammate, which does not contribute to either the student’s positive development, but is required to be accepted as part of a team, regardless of beginner student’s willingness to participate. This includes, but is not limited to, any activity, no matter how traditional or seemingly benign, that sets apart or alienates any student based on class, number of years in training or student ability.”
h) Unwanted physical contact including, but not limited to, touching, petting, pinching, or kissing during training or practices
i) Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, requests, or invitations
j) Physical or sexual assault
k) Behaviours such as those described above that are not directed towards a specific individual or group but have the same effect of creating a negative or hostile environment
l) Retaliation or threats of retaliation against an individual who reports harassment to the CAC

11. Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual comments and sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature. Types of behaviour that constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

a) Sexist jokes
b) Display of sexually offensive material
c) Sexually degrading words used to describe a person
d) Inquiries or comments about a person’s sex life
e) Unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions
f) Persistent unwanted contact

Inappropriate Behaviour

12. Refrain from the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in inappropriate activities.

13. Avoid consuming alcohol in situations where minors are present and take reasonable steps to manage the responsible consumption of alcohol in adult-oriented social situations at sanctioned events.

14. Respect the property of others and not wilfully cause damage.

15. Adhere to all federal, provincial, municipal and host country laws.

Athlete Safety

16. Ensure a safe environment by selecting activities and establishing controls that are suitable for the age, experience, ability, and fitness level of the involved students.

17. Prepare students systematically and progressively, using appropriate time frames and monitoring physical and psychological adjustments while refraining from using training methods or techniques that may harm students.

Students’ Development

18. Support the coaching staff of a Police Judo Training camp, Police Judo Clinic; should a student qualify for participation with one of these programs.

19. Provide students (and the parents/guardians of minor students) with the information necessary to be involved in the decisions that affect the student.

20. Act in the best interest of the student’s development as a whole person.

21. Respect coaches and instructors.

Student Protection

22. Self-report any ongoing criminal investigation, conviction, or existing bail conditions, including those for violence, child pornography, or possession, use, or sale of any illegal substance.

23. Under no circumstances provide, promote, or condone the use of drugs (other than properly prescribed medications) or performance-enhancing substances and, in the case of minors, alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

24. Not engage in a sexual relationship with an athlete under 18 years old or an intimate or sexual relationship with an athlete over the age of 18 if the individual is in a position of power, trust, or authority over the athlete.

25. Recognize the power inherent in the position of coach and respect and promote the rights of all participants in sport. This is accomplished by establishing and following procedures for confidentiality (right to privacy), informed participation, and fair and reasonable treatment. Coaches have a special responsibility to respect and promote the rights of participants who are in a vulnerable or dependent position and less able to protect their own rights.

Disciplinary Procedure – Application

26. The Disciplinary Procedures applies to Individuals’ conduct during Police Judo training, coaching activities, and events including, but not limited to, practices, clinics, camps, tournaments, practices, tryouts, training clinics, and travel associated with coaching. This Procedure does not prevent discipline from being applied, during a Police Judo sanctioned event, according to specific procedures in place for the particular event.

27. Individuals may also be subject to the disciplinary rules and processes of other associations, clubs, or organizations. Police Judo will respect decisions made by those bodies.

Reporting a Complaint

28. Any students, including but not limited to parents, club or organization representatives, coaches, or volunteers of Police Judo may report any complaint. Complaints about Instructors, Assistant Instructors, or volunteer Coaches should be submitted to a Police Judo certified instructor or the Police Judo Harassment Advisor. Complaints must be in writing and signed, and must be filed within fourteen (14) days of the alleged incident. Anonymous complaints may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Harassment Advisor.

29. Complaints that are submitted about a Police Judo Instructor, will also be dealt with by the Harassment Advisor.

30. A complainant wishing to file a complaint outside of the fourteen (14) day period must provide a written statement giving reasons for an exemption to this limitation. The decision to accept, or not accept, the complaint outside of the fourteen (14) day period will be at the sole discretion of the Harassment Advisor. This decision may not be appealed.

Mediation

31. Before any complaint proceeds to the formal stage, the matter will first be reviewed by the Harassment Advisor, with the objective of resolving the dispute informally or with the assistance of a mediator. Complaints or disputes that are resolved informally or by means of mediation may not be appealed or subsequently re-submitted as a complaint under these Disciplinary Procedures. The Harassment Advisor may determine, based on the circumstances, that mediation is not appropriate.

Complaint Administration

32. Should the efforts of the Harassment Advisor or any mediator not resolve the dispute, the Advisor will act as Case Manager to oversee management and administration of a complaint submitted in accordance with this Procedure. If the Advisor is unable to serve as Case Manager for reason of lack of neutrality or other conflict, then the Advisor will appoint an independent Case Manager. The Advisor will also have the discretion to appoint an independent Case Manager if the complaint is complex and, in his or her opinion, is best administered by someone having experience and specific skills in the management of disciplinary hearings.

33. The Case Manager has an overall responsibility to ensure procedural fairness is respected at all times, and to implement this Policy in a timely manner. More specifically, the Case Manager has a responsibility to:

a) Determine whether the complaint is frivolous or vexatious, and within the jurisdiction of this Procedure. If the Case Manager determines the complaint is frivolous or vexatious or outside the jurisdiction of this Procedure, the complaint will be dismissed immediately. The Case Manager’s decision to accept or dismiss the complaint may not be appealed
b) Identify the Parties to the complaint, which may include the complainant
c) Coordinate all administrative aspects of the complaint
d) Provide administrative assistance and logistical support to the Tribunal as required
e) Provide any other service or support that may be necessary to ensure a fair and timely proceeding

Jurisdiction

34. This Procedure does not prevent an appropriate person having authority from taking immediate, informal or corrective action in response to behaviour that constitutes an infraction. Further sanctions may be applied in accordance with the procedures set out in this Procedure.

35. This procedure does not take precedence over any dispute resolution procedure contained within a contract, employee agreement, or other formal written agreement.

36. Any infractions or complaints occurring within competition will be dealt with by the procedures specific to the competition, if applicable. In such situations, disciplinary sanctions will be for the duration of the competition, training, activity or event only. Further sanctions may be applied but only after review of the matter in accordance with the procedures set out in this document.

Infractions

37. Infractions consist of single or multiple incidents of failing to achieve expected standards of conduct that may result in harm to others, to Individuals, the LETA, or to the public. Examples of infractions can include, but are not limited to, incidents of:

a) Disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist comments or behaviour Disrespectful conduct such as outbursts of anger or argument
b) Non-compliance with, or disregard for, Police Judo policies, procedures, rules, or regulations Violations of the Code of Conduct
c) Tampering
d) Any incident of hazing
e) Physical abuse
f) Behaviour that constitutes harassment, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct
g) Pranks, jokes, or other activities that endanger the safety of others
h) Conduct that intentionally interferes with student training
i) Conduct that intentionally damages the image, credibility, or reputation of the LETA
j) Abusive use of alcohol, marijuana, provision of alcohol or marijuana to minors, or use or possession of illicit drugs and narcotics
k) Any possession or use of banned performance enhancing drugs or methods, or condoning such use by others

Code of Conduct Sanctions

38. After the receipt, consultation with involved parties, and adjudication of a complaint, the Harassment Advisor may decide that the complaint is vexatious of frivolous and of no merit, in which case the complainant must be notified in writing; or after the receipt, consultation with involved parties, and adjudication of a complaint, the Harassment Advisor may decide to apply the following disciplinary sanctions, singularly or in combination:

a) Verbal or written reprimand from the LETA
b) Verbal or written apology
c) Further education, training, or counselling
d) Service or other voluntary contribution to the LETA
e) Removal of certain privileges for a designated period of time
f) Suspension from certain competitions, activities, or events
g) Suspension or expulsion from the LETA
h) Fines
i) Payment of the cost of repairs for property damage
j) Any other sanction considered appropriate for the offense

39. Unless the Harassment Advisor decides otherwise, any disciplinary sanctions will begin immediately. Failure to comply with a sanction as determined by the Harassment Advisor will result in automatic suspension until such time as compliance occurs.

40. Infractions that result in discipline will be recorded and records will be maintained by the LETA.

41. Results must be conveyed to the LETA member within a timely fashion of the decision being made by the Harassment Advisor, by either the Harassment Advisor or a Police Judo Instructor. The Appeal process must also be explained to the LETA member who is being adjudicated during a Code of Conduct matter.

Suspension of LETA membership

42. . The Harassment Advisor may determine that an alleged incident is of such seriousness as to warrant immediate suspension of a student, coach, volunteer coach or instructor from the LETA.

Criminal Convictions

43. An Individual’s conviction for any of the following Criminal Code offenses will be deemed an infraction and will result in expulsion from the LETA.

a) Any child pornography offences
b) Any sexual offences
c) Any offence of physical or psychological violence
d) Any offence of assault
e) Any offence involving trafficking of illegal drugs

Confidentiality

44. The complaints and discipline process is confidential and involves only the Parties, the Harassment Advisor, the Tribunal, and any independent advisors to the Tribunal. Once initiated and until a decision is released, none of the Parties will disclose confidential information relating to the discipline or complaint to any person not involved in the proceedings.

Timelines

45. If the circumstances of the complaint are such that adhering to the timelines outlined by this Procedure will not allow a timely resolution to the complaint, the Harassment Advisor may direct that these timelines be revised.

Appeal Procedure - Tribunal

46. Within 30 days of a decision from the Harassment Advisor, this decision may be appealed to the LETA Tribunal for consideration.

47. This appeal request must be submitted in writing to the President of the LETA.

48. The Tribunal members must be free from conflict of interest.

49. The Appeal Tribunal will be established by the President of the LETA and be comprised of three members: one Board of Director, one certified Police Judo Instructor, and one senior member of the LETA as designated by the President.

50. As determined by the President of the LETA, the hearing may involve an oral in-person appeal, an oral appeal by telephone, an appeal based on a review of documentary evidence submitted in advance of the appeal, or a combination of these methods. The Appeal will be governed by the procedures that the Case Manager deems appropriate in the circumstances, provided that:

a) The Parties will be given appropriate notice of the day, time, and place of the appeal
b) Copies of any written documents which the Parties wish to have the Appeal Tribunal consider will be provided to all Parties in advance of the hearing
c) The Parties may be accompanied by a representative, advisor, or legal counsel at their own expense
d) The Tribunal may request that any other individual, including the complainant, participate and give evidence at the appeal
e) The Tribunal may allow as evidence at the hearing any oral evidence and document or thing relevant to the subject matter of the complaint, but may exclude such evidence that is unduly repetitious and will place such weight on the evidence as it deems appropriate
f) If the Tribunal is made up of three persons, the decision will be by a majority vote. In fulfilling their duties, the Harassment Advisor and the Tribunal may obtain independent advice.

Decision

51. After hearing the matter, the Tribunal will determine whether an infraction has occurred and, if so, the sanctions imposed by the Harassment Advisor are to be maintained, revised, or withdrawn. Within fourteen (14) days of the hearing’s conclusion, the Tribunal’s written decision, with reasons, will be distributed to all Parties, the Case Manager, and the Police Judo Board of Directors. In extraordinary circumstances, the Tribunal may first issue a verbal or summary decision soon after the hearing’s conclusion, with the full written decision to be issued before the end of the fourteen (14) day period.

Records and Distribution of Decisions

52. Infractions that result in discipline will be recorded and maintained by the LETA and provided, at the LETA’s discretion, to the LETA registry of instructors.




LETA AFFIRMATION AND LIABILITY RELEASE

I, {FirstName} {LastName}, of {Which_is_your_primary_club_location_} hereby request to be admitted as a participant of police judo being held by the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) doing business as (DBA) Police Judo and/or the Force Options Training Unit of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) at the Tactical Training Center building, Simon Fraser University, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, the Police Judo Program at Aberdeen Judo Academy in Kamloops or any other location instructed by Tobin Hinton, Alan Arsenault, Mark Steinkampf, Chin-I Hsiang, Brian Shipper, Brad Endean, Rick Hawkins, Bryan Nykon and various qualified instructors as designated by the principal instructors, and hereby agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. I am seeking instruction in the Police Judo which I am aware can involve strenuous physical exercise and body contact; I am aware that functional fitness involves risks of personal injury, death, property damage, expense and related loss, including loss of income. I freely accept and fully assume all such risks and the possibility of personal injury, death, property damage, expense and related loss, including loss of income.

2. I represent as part of this application that I am of sound physical and mental health condition. I understand and agree that if I am suffering from any injury or experience pain or discomfort during the course of any instruction, training, or exercise, I do not have to participate in the activity, and that it is my responsibility to cease that activity and bring this circumstance to the attention of the instructor immediately;

3. In consideration of Police Judo accepting my application to participate in this program, I agree:

- to waive any and all claims that I may have against the Law Enforcement Training Association (LETA) Police Judo (PJ), Simon Fraser University (SFU), the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC), Aberdeen Judo, the Force Options Training Unit (FOTU) of the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), the Tactical Training Centre in Vancouver, and Odd Squad Productions at 5487 Lane St, Burnaby BC.

- to release LETA and PJ any and all liability for any personal injury, death, property damage, expenses and related loss of income that I or my next of kin may suffer as a result of my participation in this activity due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence, breach of contract or any statutory duty of care.

- to hold harmless and indemnify LETA and PJ, SFU, JIBC, Aberdeen Judo Academy, FOTU, VPD, Odd Squad Productions, the Vancouver Police Board, and the City of Vancouver as well as the instructors, coaches and assistant instructors from any and all liability for any damage to property of, or personal injury to, any third party, resulting from my participation in this activity or in the course of any instruction of Police Judo.

- to allow the use of my name, photographic image, and relevant personal information for the promotion of publications and social media, and for use by the LETA and/or FOTU when deemed appropriate by LETA. I am aware that my image / photo will not be used by LETA or FOTU instructors if specifically requested by me.

4. I understand that the instructor, or anyone authorized to act in his/her stead, has the right to terminate my participation for any infraction of safety regulations or for any conduct deemed detrimental to or inconsistent with the principles of the LETA, PJ, FOTU, ODD SQUAD or VPD;

5. I hereby agree to these terms and promise and covenant for myself, and my heirs and assigns, that my training in these classes is solely my responsibility and that I am assuming all risk of any injury, disease, damage, or loss to myself;

6. I hereby agree to obey the rules of the LETA, PJ, FOTU, ODD SQUAD and VPD and explicitly follow all the directions given by the instructors during the classes.

7. I agree not to represent myself as a LETA, PJ or Law Enforcement fitness instructor or to instruct or teach law enforcement techniques without the express permission and approval of the principal instructors of LETA, and Police Judo.

I HEREBY DECLARE THAT I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT AND ALL OF ITS TERMS, AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION.

{Today}


VPD POLICE JUDO CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK AGREEMENT

I, {FirstName} {LastName}, understand that the VPD Police Judo Club training sessions take place in a City of Vancouver Law Enforcement Training facility, the Tactical Training Centre located at 2010 Glen Drive, Vancouver, BC. An approved security clearance is one requirement of becoming a member of this club. I hereby authorize the Vancouver Police Department and its employees to investigate the records or information in its possession to determine if any criminal convictions, criminal charges, or allegations of criminal conduct exist against me.

Date: {Today}