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“Assumed Realism” – What is it and what does it mean for law enforcement?

Sep 06, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training
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When people watch critical police incidents on video, it is important to remember that they undergo the same perceptual processes as they would if they were experiencing the event directly. That is, they (1) take in what they see and hear; (2) compare that input against the databanks in their minds pertaining to what they know or believe about the world; and (3) form their interpretations of the experience. This, along with normal emotional react... Full Article »

Social Media Practices for Executive Staff

Sep 03, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
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The majority of police departments in the United States now have some sort of presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor; and that’s a good thing. When used correctly and effectively, departments big and small can successfully manage critical incidents by posting timely information and dispelling rumors. They can also build a narrative that negates national assumptions around why we elect to go into a profession that’s sole mis... Full Article »

Are You Ready?

Aug 26, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

Within the last month, we’ve experienced a mass shooting at a festival in California, another one at a Walmart in Texas, and yet another on a crowded street lined with busy bars in Ohio. We can discuss for days the issue of assault weapons or the steps we can take to put a halt to these incidents; I am certain we would have some good debates no matter where we stand on these issues. But I am not going down that road—at least not today. Rat... Full Article »

Off-Duty & Retired Cop Carry Considerations

Aug 23, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In the new training textbook, Street Survival II, published by Calibre Press, co-authors Chuck Remsberg, Lt. Dan Marcou and Lt. Jim Glennon share some important off-duty carry considerations for both active and retired officers. Here’s what they have to say: If you carry off duty, there are some critical realities to keep in mind. In most cases: - You don’t have a radio. - You don’t have immediate backup. - You’re not wearing ... Full Article »

Suicide By Cop: 15 warning signs that you might be involved

Aug 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

One of the worst nightmares in law enforcement is a "suicide by cop" situation. These highly pressurized, seemingly no-win incidents threaten you tactically, emotionally and should the shooting end up in court -- and it likely will -- possibly even legally and professionally. Dr. Barry Perrou, Psy.D, a former crisis negotiation team commander, is a leading expert on the suicide by cop phenomenon. He served as a contributor to a book, "Suicide ... Full Article »

What’s it really like to be married to a cop?

Aug 21, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Kelly DeVoll

By Kelly and Tia DeVoll When setting out to write about the subject of police marriage, we struggled with what we wanted to put on paper. Police marriage. What is it like to be married to a police officer? What is it like NOT to be married to a police officer? It’s the only marriage we have ever known, as we’ve both only been married once. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard, “I could never marry a police officer!” ... Full Article »

Racism: What Does it Really Mean?

Aug 19, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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If you work in law enforcement, there’s a chance you’ve been told that you are racist. This battle cry is oftentimes baseless and is usually the result of someone being upset with an officer's perfectly reasonable words or actions. A well-founded accusation of racism is usually the kiss of death for a police officer's career. Law enforcement supervisors are especially shy about protecting officers accused of racial misconduct; the racist d... Full Article »

What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Aug 16, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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 9 Characteristics & Tips for Contact When I began my law enforcement career I had never heard of Autism. As new recruits, we never received any training regarding the condition or how to safely interact with individuals who have it. In the last two decades, Autism diagnosis have increased by nearly 300%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted studies on the prevalence of Autism using eight-year-old children bor... Full Article »

The Sequel: TV Cop Trivia, Past & Present

Aug 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

The feedback received from our readers on the two-part TV Cop Trivia piece that ran in May-June was quite positive. So, the folks at Calibre Press asked if I’d do a follow-up. Here is The Sequel. Again, go from memory. NOTE: The answers are now posted below in blue. 1. In the TV show, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Chuck Norris plays Texas Ranger Cordell Walker. What is his TV rank? Cordell Walker is a Sergeant with the Texas Rangers, a divi... Full Article »

Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer?! – Here we go again…

Aug 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Last week I wrote an article about mass shootings and the rush to point fingers at the other side of the political spectrum. It observed the propensity of politicians to lob blame at others for causing this country’s divide and creating a climate of hate—a climate which, as those politicians believe, incited a pair of separate deranged individuals to pick up guns and perpetrate murderous rampages. I cited politicians—including the presid... Full Article »

A Climate of Hate: Who’s to Blame?

Aug 08, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

Another couple of maniacs murder innocents. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s a quote often attributed to Rahm Emmanuel that generally means ‘exploit a crisis to advance a political agenda or gain a personal advantage.’ As soon as I heard about the carnage in El Paso, I asked my wife how long it would take before politicians started casting blame and using this incident for political benefit. Well, needless to say, they... Full Article »

Keyboard Commandos

Aug 07, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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While the internet can be a great resource of information, it's also a great source of misinformation. We have a declining public education system that continually waters down curriculum and deems once-essential classes like civics and United States history nonessential. Or, it only skims the surface of these courses that provide a foundation of knowledge of why our country was formed, the source of some of our laws, and what became of our countr... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shooting at Dog Hits Woman

Aug 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

A woman, identified as 30-year-old Margarita Brooks, was shot and killed as an Arlington, Texas, police officer sought to check on her welfare. As the officer approached the woman on a grassy strip on Thursday, Aug. 1, around 5:20 p.m., he called out to her. And as he did, an aggressive dog charged. The officer ran backward, retrieved his firearm, and shot at the animal, allegedly grazing it, and deterring its approach. Unfortunately, at le... Full Article »

The Next 9/11 Is Now

Aug 05, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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On April 20, 1999, a mass shooting event at Columbine High School in Colorado shocked our nation. Although far from the first school shooting in history, the Columbine shooting became instantly important to the American people. It was the catalyst which changed the law enforcement response methodology and tactics for a mass shooting event. Fast forward a few years to September 11, 2001. This is arguably the most significant tragic event in U.S. ... Full Article »

Do I Have a Problem?

Aug 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Would you know if you had a substance use problem? If a co-worker had a drinking problem, what would you say? Would you know how to ask for assistance or where to get it? Questions like these all too-often go unanswered as a result of either lack of support, resources, punitive administrative stances, or a reduced willingness to reach out and ask for assistance when it is truly needed. Enter Alcohol Despite the increased focus on officer wellne... Full Article »

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Aug 01, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

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BODYCAM: Grandmother Kicks Officer, Gets Tased

Aug 01, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by KansasCity.com: An Oklahoma cop tried to get a driver to sign an $80 ticket for a broken tail light this month, but the driver refused — and body camera footage obtained by TV station KOCO captured the aggressive, startling scene that unfolded next. “I don’t think that I deserve to pay $80 for something that is fixable — and I can fix it, if that’s all you want me to do,” 65-year-old driver Debra Hamil told a Cashio... Full Article »

4 Tips for Fighting Suicide

Aug 01, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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As a law enforcement officer you must wear many different hats. At different times these extraordinary men and women have to juggle between being a first responder, protector, social worker, crisis intervener, family counselor, youth mentor, and peacemaker just to name a few of the tasks that are incumbent upon them in the performance of their duties. Sleep deprivation and exposure to critical incidents—murder, suicides, rape, child abuse, an... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: Body Cam vs. Dash Cam

Jul 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

From The Calibre Report published by Calibre Press. To subscribe, please e-mail: [email protected] Civilians tend to judge an officer’s actions more leniently when they see a body cam recording of an incident than when they watch the same event on dash cam footage, according to a Northwestern U. research team. Because of the weight the public gives to video evidence in assessing police “accountability” these days, this finding co... Full Article »

Future So Bright

Jul 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Sam DiGiovanna

Did you know your EYES can get sunburned? Just thinking about it makes me squint. During the summer we put a lot of emphasis on protecting our skin from UV rays. But we do a much worse job of protecting our eyes. In a survey of more than 10,000 adults, the Vision Council found that only 39% of adults wear sunglasses when they are outside for two or more hours and only 14% are likely to protect their eyes at an outdoor sporting event. Less th... Full Article »