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Peer Coach Training: Mindfulness

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: Calibre Press is interested in reducing, and acknowledging, stress in the work of first response. To that end we have published many articles on mindfulness and meditation, which are a couple of complimentary tools for enhancing situational awareness and diminishing the harmful effects of stress on our lives. One of the leaders in bringing mindfulness to first responders is Lt. Richard Goerling, who is leading upcoming peer co... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Chief Confronts Reporters Seeking Interview from Rape Victim

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Here's a weird story where there's a really good argument that almost everyone involved could have handled things better. Channel 5 dispatched two reporters to the house of a rape victim on June 26th. They sought to interview her after the arrest of her rapist, who committed a particularly brutal attack. She didn't welcome the arrival of TV news media at her house and called the cops in Newburgh Heights. Polic... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Attacked at Shopping Mall

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A 23-year-old man from Southeast, Washington, D.C., is facing several charges after assaulting an officer. Shortly after 3 yesterday afternoon, an officer patrolling the 8200 block of Russell Road in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County came across a man who smelled distinctly of marijuana which established reasonable suspicion that a crime was afoot. The officer asked Dadrian Jegede to stop, but he walked away. When the of... Full Article »

Morals and Morale: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I’ve been in law enforcement for 38 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. I’ve also seen a consistency in some protocols and behavior when it comes to organizational knee-jerk reactions by bosses to complaints and/or the ever-changing political winds. Some of those reactions include management kowtowing to the media masses and assigning their officers to ass-covering ‘check-the-box’ training. Often the two go hand-in-han... Full Article »

MAYDAY! I’m Caught in the Comparison Trap!

Jul 05, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

"The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday." – Unknown Firefighters are some of the most competitive people I know. For the most part, that sense of competition is connected closely with camaraderie, and it serves us well: We push ourselves to run faster, perform better, learn more. And when one of us achieves something, we all benefit. But sometimes competition takes a negative turn. Sometimes we look at w... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Police Rescue Woman Sleepy on Highway

Jul 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Texas police dashcam footage appears to show the moment a woman was found sleeping in the road. The Fulshear Police Department released the tape that shows one of their officers, Sgt. Charlie Scott, rushing to the aid of the woman as she lay motionless in the road west of Houston Saturday. "The (suspected) intoxicated woman decided to take a nap in the middle of FM 1093 after possibly running off the road and getting her car... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Atlantic City Officer Shoots Knife Attacker

Jul 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  The June 22 shooting of Timothy Deal on Kentucky Avenue was tragic but justified, as Deal attacked an officer with a knife, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday. Tyner released video from the body cameras worn by the officers on the scene of the shooting. “We must not lose sight of the fact that a sworn police officer reported to the scene of an accident to protect the public, and was attacke... Full Article »

When Evil Wears a Badge …

Jul 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Robert J. Kicklighter

"Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.  [caption id="attachment_11179" align="alignright" width="119"] Lt. Cory Sasser[/caption] According to his LinkedIn profile, Lt. Robert "Cory" Sasser, suspended police lieutenant with the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD), Glynn County, Ga., began his law enforcement career, January 2000 as a deputy sheriff with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in Valdosta, Ga... Full Article »

Leave a Message!

Jun 30, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By David Magnusson

I think by now, you have come to realize that I try to make points via metaphor. Not everything need be police related. By this I mean, we, as law enforcement professionals, are also regular “Joes” and “Joannas.” We are the fiber of the community we protect and serve. Thus, I write a few things that should resonate as citizen. But being that we are cops, it should resonate even more. Why? Because of what’s it’s demanded of us. Get ou... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Man Shot in the Back

Jun 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

Anywhere you look for this incident, whether websites, traditional newspapers or on the TV and Cable news channels, you will find that this incident is tagged with some form of this phrase, “San Francisco cop shoots man in the back.” After the NBA finals where some California team was crowned champions, I guess, the San Francisco Police Department prepared their officers for revelers over imbibing with drink of the alcohol kind. A young off... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police & Witnesses After Beach Arrest

Jun 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A New Jersey police officer will not face charges for punching a woman in the headduring a controversial arrest caught on video. Widely-shared cellphone footage shows one officer pinning down 20-year-old Emily Weinman of Philadelphia, as another hits her several times. "They think that because they are cops they can get away with it. And that's not the case. That's not right at all," Weinman told CBS News correspondent ... Full Article »

Protecting Our Badge from Losing its Shine

Jun 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

As police agencies work to preserve civility, the all-too-near crescendos of sirens (many times our own) on a nearby street remind us that crime’s engineers are always at work. With the knowledge of ethical behavior and moral understanding in tow, police officers have two important responsibilities: 1) bringing criminals to justice, and, 2) doing so while remaining truthful to ourselves. A fundamental question that each police officer must rem... Full Article »

First Net Association & Conference

Jun 20, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Las Vegas, NV—The event will be held at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55426. It is free to members and $95.00 for non-members; however, a 1-year membership is included in the cost. It takes place June 29, so register now.  "We look forward to our inaugural event, and for the opportunity to educate today’s first responders in and around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas about this unique public-pr... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officers Shoot Suspect Fighting Officers

Jun 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From East Cleveland police released body camera video of a Sunday afternoon shooting involving a man and two officers. The video shows East Cleveland officers responding to an incident. A man enters the frame and throws at T-shirt at a patrol SUV. The officer's camera catches a glimpse of a woman lying on the pavement near the sidewalk and screaming for help, as officers got out of the SUV.  The shirtless man immediately app... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Officer Shoots Fleeing Suspect in the Back

Jun 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

A San Francisco police officer, during a foot chase with 28-year-old Oliver Barcenas, the gang member and felon, pulled out a modified pistol with an exceptionally long magazine. Upon noticing that gun the officer pulled his sidearm and fired, striking the man in the back and critically wounding him. (On the video you can hear the officer tell other officers that they had to find the gun and it looked like a Tech-9.) Minutes later they did find s... Full Article »

A Crisis in Law Enforcement: Suicide

Jun 18, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dave Grossi

Two incidents the last few weeks regarding celebrity suicides—fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain—have brought the topic of suicide to light. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates for the overall population have climbed nearly 30% since 1999. Other reports show that incidents of suicide have increased in nearly every state since the late 1990s and suicide now claims about ... Full Article »

Now’s Your Chance

Jun 18, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

I’m a third-generation cop. My dad was a Chicago cop, and his dad was a Chicago cop. Never knew my grandpa. He died when I was 11 months old. My Mom’s dad died before my parents ever got married. Consequently, I’ve never called anyone “Grandpa.” But now I’m a Grandpa. And I can’t describe how happy it makes me. Having grandkids is such a blessing, as is watching my sons be fathers. All good ones. But every day—every single solit... Full Article »

Considering the Use of Force

Jun 15, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today

[Publisher's note: The following is an excerpt adapted from Dr. Richard Hough's The Use of Force in Criminal Justice, available now from Routledge. You can learn more and purchase the book here.]   The role of law enforcement officer in a Western society has evolved over the past 200 years. A unique aspect of this role is the ability that society grants to officers to detain fellow citizens even to the point of using physical force. Probation ... Full Article »

Moving Faster Than Thought

Jun 15, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

[Publisher's Note: A version of this article was originally published by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association’s (ILEETA) Journal. Spring Edition 2018 Volume 8, edition 2, pgs. 14 & 15.] It was a very hot afternoon in South Texas. I was conducting reality-based scenarios using force-on-force drills for a class I was facilitating since early in the morning, a class where the audience shared a diverse backgro... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officers Tase Erratic Man in Wendy’s

Jun 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A man who was shocked with Tasers after resisting officers at a Southwest Miami-Dade Wendy’s made his first appearance in court, Friday morning. Thirty-five-year-old Joaquin Labaut faced a judge following the incident at the fast food restaurant located near Southwest 211th Street and U.S. 1. Miami-Dade Police responded just after 1 p.m., Thursday, to a report of a disorderly customer. Cellphone video shot from across the ... Full Article »