cqb logo intensity 1


On the average, one police officer is murdered every week in the United States. There are over 50,000 law enforcement officers assaulted each year with one out of every three suffering injury. In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of officers murdered in the line of duty. While progress in officer safety has been and continues to be a prime objective in law enforcement, there still is much to be done to protect the officer on the beat.


Close Quarters Battle (CQB) is a tactical philosophy which originated on the bloody back streets of Shanghai, China, at the turn of the 20th century. The founding fathers, William Fairbairn and E. A. Sykes, saw law enforcement’s need for tactics to win unpredictable and violent encounters at close range. Today, statistics confirm what the founding fathers knew then, that most violent encounters occur at distances less than ten (10) yards. Over the past one hundred years CQB masters such as Rex Applegate, Grant Taylor, Bill Donovan, A.J. Biddle and our founder Michael Taylor have proven CQB is the most viable tactical philosophy for law  enforcement. The British Special Air Service (SAS), US Navy SEALS, US Army Special Forces and the US Marine Corps led the way in the adaptation and use of CQB in urban warfare and counter-terrorism operations.


While on active duty in the military, Michael Taylor  was tasked to provide firearms and tactical training to police officers who were engaged in the “War on Drugs” along the southern border of the United States. He saw firsthand law enforcement’s need for effective training, tactics and leadership intrinsic to officer safety. Mr. Taylor would later say his calling to train cops began right then, when he saw the risk to officer safety due to inadequate firearms and tactical skills resulting from a culture reliant upon a minimalist ideology. He saw the need for a paradigm shift which embraces an uncompromising vigilance against complacency, immersion in training, commitment to provide resources to develop human capital, and leadership to mandate officer safety initiatives. With a steadfast belief that every officer has a right to go home at the end of their shift, Mr. Taylor created a unique system of training and tactical adaptations which have been proven time and time again to save lives.  


Modern day CQB has been transformed into a sophisticated but simplistic set of tactical principles requiring strong leadership, initiative, skills mastery and above all clear thinking. The appropriate measurement and application of force in violent situations are predicated upon four basic principles of tactics consisting of surprise, diversion, speed and violence of action which are essential to minimize risk and ensure mission success. To achieve this level of expertise, individuals and teams alike must train with intensity, realism and commitment.  


Close Quarters Battle Institute (CQB-I) is the culmination of three decades of research, development, training, adaptation and validation of a tactical philosophy essential to officer survival. Since our inception as Camp CQB in the 1980’s to our present day organization, we have never wavered from our commitment to provide our students unparallel training, peer support and effective tactical techniques.






© CQB INSTITUTE, INC.  All rights reserved.