Re: Is Aikido effective for police?
Sorry guys if I come in late, just to answer the OP question....
" Is aikido effective for police ?"
Absolutely! On-duty officer are licensed to carry deadly weapon (firearm) and they are legally allowed to use deadly force when circumstances dictate. So if they are face with deadly hostile target, they already have the tools to respond appropriately.
However, in Aikido's technical repertoire, it contain an extensive catalogue of restraint / compliance techniques for low level engagement. I believe in a police work, many a times, you want to control a suspect but do not want to damage him (to prevent accusation of police brutality) and aikido techniques present opportunity to do just that.
So, yeah, aikido is effective for police from that stand point.