Dan­ger fo­cus of work­shops

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Mod­ern De­fen­sive Tac­tics Aus­tralia’s prin­ci­pal in­struc­tor Karl Thorn­ton joined the Nar­ro­gin branch of the or­gan­i­sa­tion on Septem­ber 8, run­ning two work­shops with lo­cal mem­bers.

Sit­u­a­tional Aware­ness and Con­trol­ling Dis­tance were the two work­shops run by Mr Thorn­ton.

Nar­ro­gin in­struc­tor Shane Malek said the sem­i­nars cov­ered two im­por­tant el­e­ments as­sess­ing risk in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions.

“The im­por­tance of hav­ing good sit­u­a­tional aware­ness is be­ing able to asses what’s go­ing on,” he said.

“If you see odd be­hav­iour, you can asses the risk and then change your choice, if you want to go down that line, or go some­where else.

Aside from his work with MDTA, Mr Thorn­ton also plays a key role in anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions in South East Asia.

As an op­er­a­tive with the Child Re­cov­ery Agency, Mr Thorn­ton has worked with au­thor­i­ties in Thai­land and Cam­bo­dia in an ef­fort to dis­rupt hu­man traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions.

“He goes into South East Asia and gets the kids out of the child sex-slave in­dus­try,” Mr Malek said.

Pic­tures: Michael Traill

Mod­ern De­fen­sive Tac­tics Aus­tralia’s prin­ci­pal in­struc­tor Karl Thorn­ton at a work­shop in Nar­ro­gin last month.

Karl Thorn­ton demon­strates on lo­cal in­struc­tor Shane Malek.

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