National Police Week

Why?

By Jim Glennon  |   May 18, 2019

The Calibre Press team once again joined the blue masses in Washington, DC to participate in the annual National Police Week activities. As always, the event was marked by an intense and counter-balanced range of emotions and by the end of the week, I must admit, we’re all emotionally and physically spent.

So, why do we go?

I think that’s an important question we should all ask ourselves every year at this time. Not just those of us who have the opportunity to actually attend National Police Week, but also those who truly understand what it’s all about and support the effort.

At Calibre Press, we do ask ourselves why. Both as individuals and as a company. So, I thought I would share our thoughts. Perhaps they mirror yours.

We go to National Police Week to show the deep pride we feel for being a part of the law enforcement community. It’s a tight group. It’s a strong group. It’s a group that’s no stranger to coming under fire, both literally and figuratively. It’s a group that we love and admire, and we’re thankful beyond words for being a part of it.

We go to National Police Week to share in the communal sadness we all feel for the brave officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their oath to protect others…even at the cost of their own life. We go to voice never-ending support for the families and friends they left behind, either directly should we have the privilege of meeting them, or through our mere presence as a sign of support. We go to prove that those officers will never be forgotten.

We go to National Police Week to relish in the unique and wonderful camaraderie of the brotherhood and sisterhood of law enforcement officers and supporters. We go to enjoy the humor, listen to the stories, share in the concerns, celebrate the victories, and comfort in the losses.

We go to National Police Week to motivate and to be motivated. Working in and with law enforcement is not a career choice. It’s a lifestyle decision. It’s not easy. There are a lot of people against us. But there are a lot more people for us. And we see them there. It can be the best and the worst “job” in the world. But we chose to do it, either by wearing the badge or supporting it. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. But to be motivated and energized by the face-to-face reminders of why we do what we do is what helps fuel the effort and power the passion.

Finally, we go to National Police Week because we must. We don’t just decide to go.  We are called to go. Our people are gathering. For all the world to see. And we’re going to be there with them. Period.

This year’s experience was one of the most momentous in the history of Calibre Press. As part of the week’s events, we were honored to have been invited to two special events.  The first being the Law Enforcement Memorial event at the Department of the Interior. The second, an elite invitation-only reception to meet with Atty. General William Barr. Besides meeting Mr. Barr, we had the opportunity to meet and speak with the FBI Director, the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, top leadership at the Bureau of Land Management and other influential government and law enforcement officials. These meetings represent how Calibre Press is perceived and where we are going as an organization.

Ultimately, Calibre attends National Police Week to keep moving forward—faster, further, harder—in the interest of meeting the responsibilities of our mission: To support and protect all of law enforcement through creating and providing, through all channels and at all levels—federal, state and local—the best training and information possible. Speaking with these influential individuals marked a new era for Calibre Press. During our discussions with them it was clear that we all agree on one thing at core; the changes and challenges faced by law enforcement today call for dedicating ourselves to a new level of training and a new spirit of teamwork at the highest levels. And we’re going to make that happen.

They’re ready.

We’re ready.

Onward …

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Jim Glennon
Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) is the owner and lead instructor for Calibre Press. He is a third-generation LEO, retired from the Lombard, Ill. PD after 29 years of service. Rising to the rank of lieutenant, he commanded both patrol and the Investigations Unit. In 1998, he was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force. He has a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Law Enforcement Justice Administration, is the author of the book Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement.
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