Lindell, James W.
NLETC Board Advisor
Jim Lindell joined the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in October, 1970 as the Physical Training and Defensive Tactics Supervisor. He was hired for his ability to employ superior methods of control in handling police resistor and aggressor problems. He used his expertise in the field of martial arts to formulate practical and functional techniques for specific police problems. He developed and implemented a complete physical conditioning and defensive tactics program tailored to the needs and abilities of officers in training. The program was designed to provide maximum safety to the officer while minimizing the potential of harm to the subject.
During that time Mr. Lindell developed several notable systems which have been recognized throughout the law enforcement community. His unique handgun retention system has earned him the title of "Father of Handgun Retention." He has worked closely with several manufacturers in developing training programs and better equipment for officers. He also developed the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint System (LVNR®) which has never had a death attributed to its use. He has shared these and other innovative control and defense tactics with the rest of the police community by conducting training and certification seminars, and authoring a number of texts and articles.
He is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran of the Korean War and is active with professional organizations committed to furthering law enforcement training. He was a Reserve Officer for the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department for seven years. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers for 12 years and is a charter member of that organization. He is a third degree black belt in the United States Judo Association and is President of Odin Press, a police publishing and equipment provider; and the National Law Enforcement Training Center, an organization which certifies trainers in Handgun/Long Gun Retention and Disarming, Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint and other NLETC use of force systems.
Mr. Lindell retired February 19, 1993 from the KCPD after 23 years of service and continues to work in the law enforcement field as a consultant and expert witness, and he coordinates training and certification seminars nationally and internationally for law enforcement agencies on a regular basis.
On September 11, 2001 he began developing a comprehensive air travel safety program for peace officers, corrections, military, security and airline personnel to counter threats from terrorists and hijackers.