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The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

Jun 13, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We as LEOs aren’t strangers to performance under stress. Often negotiating many stressful situations in a single tour of duty, I wonder: What can cause mistakes or, even worse, panic during our daily rollercoaster ride? A sports analogy: Your favorite NFL receiver misses a sideline catch on the third down and fails to move the chains. Or when you musically inclined folks drop a string of notes during your solo. How about asking your high-s... Full Article »

Oh Deer: Not the Burglar Expected!

Jun 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  What police thought was a burglary in progress ended up being a frightened deer instead. Police in Lufkin (about 170 miles southeast of Dallas) said they responded to a burglary Thursday morning after a homeowner said she heard glass break and that she was hiding in a closet with a weapon. Police say an officer arrived and found a front window shattered. He also heard someone moving around inside the home and called fo... Full Article »

Lies: Where do You Stand?

Jun 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By David Magnusson

Before we delve into a most serious topic, before you read my article, let’s take a few minutes out and review a song, as I try move to make a point. Go ahead. Go YouTube “Lies” by The Knickerbockers. It’s OK. I’ll wait for you. Once you listen to it, listen again. From a non-law enforcement musical sense, I always thought this 1965 song was a cheap imitation of the Beatles. It sounds just like them. Even the part when the singer scre... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Punches Man in the Face

Jun 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by Columbus, Ohio, police have released body camera video of an incident Friday when an officer punched a man. According to police, officers responded to a call of shots fired around 4 p.m. Jonathan Robinson talked to WBNS and admitted adrenaline got the best of him. “Initially I’m there approaching the officer because he has a weapon. My wife, my two children are right there,” Robinson said. Neighbors have call... Full Article »

New Tech for Drug Detection

Jun 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Robert J. Kicklighter

On a warm summer night in Camden County, Ga., a Camden County Sheriff’s deputy is operating a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) laser speed measurement device on Interstate 95/Georgia 405. Suddenly, the deputy observes a vehicle traveling northbound above the maximum speed limit. The deputy then confirms this violation with the LIDAR and conducts a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the deputy develops probable cause to search the vehicl... Full Article »

Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!  

Jun 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

There’s a beauty about getting older—you become more comfortable in your own skin. The need for approval diminishes, you’re more confident in life and you can speak your mind without the fear of rejection. But if you want to stay comfortable in your own skin as you age, you need to protecting it properly! Consider this scenario: You put your gear in your unit and ready to hit the streets. Before the day gets rolling, the commander rev... Full Article »

New National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame

Jun 10, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Calibre Press

Calibre Press is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the newly re-named National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame and its co-founders. The team-up was inspired by a shared interest in prominently recognizing the kind of outstanding police work that embodies the spirit of courage, dedication, and selfless service prevalent in law enforcement across the country. This national organization is based on a regional version launched in 2... Full Article »

Back to School in 21 Seconds

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

One minute I was an officer, 21 seconds later, after being shot twice, I knew my career was over due to the damage the 12-gauge slugs did to my left arm. As a former paramedic, I saw the damage and fully expected to lose the arm. I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive. I put the tourniquet on with some assistance and obviously survived the night. Eighteen surgeries and three years later I was medically retired. Yes, I had a pension but it onl... Full Article »

The Scapegoat of Broward County?

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

On Tuesday it was announced that the Broward County deputy who failed to confront the Parkland school massacre gunman has been arrested on child neglect and other charges. Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested for his “lack of action” during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass school shooting in February of 2018. He was charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence,... Full Article »

Calibre Press On the Move

Jun 03, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Jim Glennon

Over the last eight years since Lisa and I became co-owners of Calibre Press, the momentum of the company has accelerated … a lot. Demand for Calibre training has dramatically increased. We revamped the bestselling Street Survival book and released Street Survival II, which was a monumental task and a major step forward for us and for all of law enforcement. We’ve expanded our course offerings, introduced new products and formed new relation... Full Article »

TV Cop Trivia: Past & Present, Part 2

May 31, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

Without further ado, folks, here are the answers! To see the original trivia article with the questions, click here.  #1. Columbo’s first name was never revealed during the show’s run. However, when he displayed his police ID in one scene (“Dead Weight” Season 1, Episode 3) that aired in 1971 his signature briefly appeared on the ID card: Frank Columbo.    #2. Both the official SFPD and TV rank for the plainclothes officers was Ins... Full Article »

VIDEO: Police Shoot Man Armed with Pellet Gun

May 31, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by the Vehicle and body camera videos released Thursday show a Raleigh police officer shot a man who was pointing an apparent weapon at the officer. Officer C.T. Melochik shot Michael Anthony Hendricks Jr., 40, in the stomach May 19 at Quail Ridge Apartments off Falls of Neuse Road. Hendricks was holding an “Airsoft gun” with its orange safety tip removed, according to a report Police Chief Cassandra Deck-B... Full Article »

The M Word

May 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Most first responders run from the idea of meditation nearly as fast as they would run toward the proverbial flames and gunshots of their training. And I get that impulse. The first time I tried meditation I just about lost my mind. The stillness and quiet—beyond oppressive. What was the point of it all? I had better things to be doing! What had I gotten myself into? But thankfully and luckily I worked past those reactions. My point: As a bu... Full Article »

Instilling Purpose

May 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Since my assignment to the training division of our department, I am involved with much of the training conducted, both in-service and new hire. We, like many departments, are hiring at a rate much greater than in the past to fill vacancies. What we have seen, especially in the last three or four years, is a need to increase the amount of training before we release our officers to the FTO program and then academy.  The state requires a pre-basi... Full Article »

Beyond the Routine Traffic Stop

May 30, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Robert J. Kicklighter

“You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.” ---T. Blauer One of the bizarre things Keith Richards said was, "I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem." Now, two young men in Brunswick, Ga., can concur. On a hot and muggy Saturday morning, tempers flared between Cedric Ramsey, 26, and a female in a yard in Brunswick. A nearby citizen called 911 as a result. Ramsey and a friend, Ronald Ulmer, 35,... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Fatally Shoots Man Brandishing Chain

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by San Diego's District Attorney's Office Wednesday says the officer who fatally shot a man who had attacked another person with a machete in Southcrest acted in self defense. After review the case and officer's actions, DA Summer Stephen's office says Officer Corey Pitts, who fired upon Vaughn Denham on Aug. 8, 2018, is not criminally liable for the shooting. Denham, 48, has reportedly attacked another person with ... Full Article »

TV Cop Trivia: Past and Present, Part 1

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

A while back I authored a piece comparing the fictionalized T.V. California cop T.J. Hooker and the real-life Vegas officer R.C. Hindi . I received quite a bit of feedback from our readers.  So I decided to put together another piece with some trivia about TV cops. The answers will appear in a few days in a follow up piece. Take the test from memory. See how you do. The Quiz 1. What was the first name of the LAPD cop popularized by actor Peter... Full Article »

No Time for Trash

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

A couple of years ago, I spoke to an assembly of grade school children at a local elementary school. The principal asked that I talk to the kids about what it means to be a good citizen. I had 10 minutes to make an impact on 250 little citizens, who probably mostly had going home on their collective mind. Nothing fancy or flashy. No props. No dazzling slide show. Straight, simple, easy-to-remember talk: That’s what I went for. My Talk Focusin... Full Article »

National Police Week

May 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

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 hav... Full Article »

The #1 Killer

May 17, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

The work of first response comes with occupational hazards, including psychological injury. Knowing and accepting this is the first step. Beyond that, how do we build resilience throughout our agencies and ranks? Register here.  And when stress becomes acute, how do we best support our brothers and sisters in weathering the storm? When: May 29, 10 a.m. PDT Cost: FREE REGISTER NOW.  Addressing these critical issues is Dr. D... Full Article »