Calibre Press Tip of the Week

By Calibre Press  |   Mar 30, 2020

New! Calibre Tip of the Week


A note from the editor: We’re excited to announce the launch of a new weekly segment that shares quick but valuable tactical tips that can be related to virtually anything in law enforcement. Today marks the first installment. Look for more in the weeks and months to come. We welcome your tips as well! Feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]


Monday, March 30

Did You Miss Something?

A former FBI agent shared a tip about a question you can drop at the end of any interview that might yield some surprising results. At the conclusion of his interviews, he says earnestly, “I probably missed something here. If you were me, what would you ask that I didn’t?

The suspect might be itching to tell you something that you didn’t touch on. Letting him know that you’re not perfect may inspire him to talk more. He may relish the feeling that he’s “showing you up” by sharing information you missed because you “weren’t skilled enough” to ask a key question.

Try it. You never know what you might hear.


Monday, March 23

When it’s Time to Take a Pit Stop

Public bathrooms can pose unique risks to officers. For male officers, be sure to stay alert to activity behind you when you’re facing the wall and resist completely zoning out. For all officers, be sure you stay conscious of the placement of your belt when in a stall. Some officers have suggested placing your belt around your neck at those times to allow for quick access while avoiding having it on the floor where it could be grabbed from underneath. Also remember that if you remove your gun and place it somewhere in the stall, like on top of the toilet tank, remember to grab it when you leave. An off-duty officer working security at a grade school recently left her gun behind in the bathroom stall. It was discovered by three young girls who reported it. Whenever possible, try to find a restroom that allows you solo access and the ability to lock the door behind you.


Monday, March 16

Don’t Fall For An OC Trick

If you’ve just OC’d a combative subject and he suddenly covers his face, bends over and seems to writhe in incapacitating pain, don’t be lured into moving in on him too quickly. If you’ve taken a blast of pepper spray yourself, you know that it’s definitely uncomfortable, but some can fight through that and still pose a threat. If you come in close while a sprayed subject is still in a position to launch an attack against you, you could be opening yourself to injury or worse. Just because a person is appearing to be incapacitated doesn’t mean that he is. Don’t move in until the subject is in a safe position for you to gain and maintain control.


Monday, March 9

A Heads Up On Helmets

If you stop someone who’s wearing a heavy helmet, like a biker or a snowmobiler, make sure you have them remove it and place it on the ground or in a location that’s not within easy reach. Don’t let them hold it in their hand and watch their movements when they’re taking it off and placing it in position. Aside from the fact that this will obviously improve communication, a rock-hard helmet can be used as a dangerous blunt force weapon against you. If it’s on a subject’s head, it can be used to head butt you and if it’s in the hands, it can be thrown or swung at you.


Monday, March 2

Train to Hit the Target You See

In active shooter situations, time is critical. Every second that gives the shooter a chance to claim another victim. Obviously, the main goal is to end the threat by ceasing the gunman’s ability to fire, which typically means killing him. However, if a fatal shot isn’t readily available, firearms expert John Farnam urges officers to remember that any target on the shooter’s body should be leveraged in an effort to distract him from his intended targets. That means you should train to shoot an elbow or knee sticking around a corner, a leg dangling down from above…whatever part of the gunman’s body you can hit.

When training with your firearm, Farnam suggests masking your targets to isolate sections that can represent small areas of the body – knee, elbow, etc. – and become proficient at head and neck shots. These small areas may be the only targets available to you.


Monday, February 24

Check the Back Seat

When you remove a subject from the back seat of your squad, be sure to check the seat after they’re out. Although you should have searched the individual thoroughly before transport, it’s always a good idea to double-check to be sure he hasn’t tried to ditch anything during the ride … particularly a hidden weapon that could be picked up by your next guest. It’s a simple, quick thing to integrate into your routine and the implications for your safety are considerable.

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