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Robert R Rail
Robert R. Rail
International Police Trainer

Class of 1973

How has Triton College made an impact on your life?
Triton College was the first stepping stone in the very diverse path I have traveled through life. It gave me the confidence to reach out and try new adventures and taught me the importance of a sound education.

After receiving his degree in Criminal Justice Administration and obtaining the master rank of black belt in two distinct styles of martial arts, Robert Rail chose the metropolitan area of Chicago, Illinois, to work as a police officer and operate his own martial arts school. Rail’s experience in law enforcement made him aware of the need for improved training in the areas of self-defense and subject control. His unique dual background and intuitive nature allowed for the natural development of new techniques.

When Bob retired from the police force, he became Director of Training for Hiatt-Thompson Restraints. He has had the opportunity to teach his handcuffing techniques to police officers all over the world and has authored two books on the subject, Reactive Handcuffing Tactics and Custodial Cuffing and Restraint. Rail also authored a textbook, Defense Without Damage, which teaches select physical skills designed to overcome the high incidence of civil liability involving police officers in arrest and custodial situations. In addition to this work, he served as adjunct faculty at several colleges including Triton College and Northwestern University Police Training Institute where he taught numerous classes.

Rail has also served during several tours of duty in war zones as a police officer and instructor with the United Nations International Police Task Force. He was responsible for designing curriculums and instructing elite police officers from over 60 nations who have been deployed in the Balkans, Iraq, Jordan, Asia, and Africa. He was also physical confrontation advisor and resource training provider to select NATO and OSCE (Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe) personnel. As part of his UN mission, he traveled to numerous countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe to test and train police officers for special missions in conflict areas throughout the world.

While teaching in Bosnia, Rail developed a class, Body Signs of Confrontation, to help officers from all nations understand what was being said by body gestures. Upon return to the United States, this presentation evolved into the book and training class, The Unspoken Dialogue. This curriculum was highlighted when he taught mediation and negotiations at the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International Peacekeeping Institute.

Rail also served as a resident instructor at the Specialized Advanced Training Unit of the High Institute of Baghdad Police College, Iraq, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in International Police Studies under the authority of the United States Department of Justice for his exceptional abilities as an international instructor. He has received numerous other awards for his work in the international community from many countries around the world.

Rail has finished his fifth book, Surviving the International War Zone, and is presently teaching and sharing the knowledge he has been so fortunate to have been given by so many of his colleagues throughout his career. He conducts both training and consulting services for state and federal agencies, international governments, universities and corporations worldwide. He is also working with both active and returning military/police officers dealing with post incident stress.