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Deadly Reminders of Survival Commandments

Jan 19, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

One of the critical officer survival commandments we discuss in the nearly 400 pages of our book Street Survival II (available through our Web site and Amazon) is the fact that just because a suspect is down—for whatever reason—and appears to be incapacitated, ready to surrender or die, you should not relax. At that point you’re entering one of the two most dangerous phases of any encounter; the approach and the arrest. Even in situation... Full Article »

Academies Don’t Fully Train Rookies…Alone.

Jan 17, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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When my cell phone rang, I was glad to answer. The call was from a buddy - not some robocall promising lower rates or baiting me into giving up banking information. But it didn't take long for that to change. "Are you still teaching at the academy?" he immediately asked. "Of course," I answered. "You guys have to start giving us fully-trained police officers." "Great idea," I replied. Then I hung up, knowing that would make my poin... Full Article »

Cops Helping Cops After Trauma

Jan 15, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

In an earlier Calibre Press article we shared tips on ways investigators can help, not further harm, traumatized officers after a force event (see below for a link to that piece). In light of the popularity of that article, we’re now going to share tips for any officer on how to help support a fellow officer after a traumatic event. Note: Remember that although a shooting ranks among the most traumatizing, there are scores of other experienc... Full Article »

A Cop’s Candid Story: Confronting Anxiety and Depression

Jan 13, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Some time ago, I attended a mandatory mental health briefing with my Gang Task Force officers. Approximately 60 other officers and dispatchers were present. The speaker was a nurse practitioner who specialized in mental health care. During the briefing, she presented a PowerPoint slide that listed six items. She said, “If you have experienced any two of these six symptoms for more than two weeks, you are clinically depressed.” Those sympto... Full Article »

A Toddler’s Death Sparks Mourning…and Training

Jan 10, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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Recently, officers I work with responded to a call that no law enforcement professional ever wants to answer: a toddler was found floating face down in a pool. After the incident, the officers were shaken.  They told me that while they were driving to the call, they were discussing infant and child CPR and preparing themselves for the situation. They just couldn’t remember some of the more specific techniques. Police officers are generally ... Full Article »

5 Tips for Testifying After a Shooting

Jan 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

In their powerfully written and impressively thorough new book, Deadly Force Encounters, 2nd Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, prominent law enforcement behavioral science consultant and trainer, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, and seasoned law enforcement veteran and award-winning author, Loren W. Christensen, include a wealth of information related to virtually every topic associated with deadly force. (Get a copy. You will not ... Full Article »

7 Keys to Winning a Use-of-Force Lawsuit

in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report & Tips
By Charles Remsberg

Once you’ve defended your life on the street, how do you now defend yourself in civil court—and win the lawsuit that customarily follows an officer-involved shooting? We put that question recently to veteran attorney Scott Wood, a former cop who’s spent the last quarter-century representing officers and agencies against accusations of excessive force and other alleged wrongdoings. He identified seven critical issues you and your attor... Full Article »

Are You Prepared, Off-Duty, for Evil in that Moment?

Jan 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

It’s been reported that Jack Wilson, a range instructor with a law enforcement background, had "eyes" on Keith Kinnunen right away.  Something wasn’t quite right about him. He was standing along the side wall toward the back of the church wearing a long, seemingly unnecessary coat and what observers reported as an “obvious” fake beard and perhaps a wig.  Police officers describe bystanders’ intuitive responses to Kinnunen in several w... Full Article »

How to Increase the Odds You’ll Hit Your “Targets” in 2020

Dec 30, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Well, here we are; at the end of another year. If you’re like pretty much everybody else, you’re looking at ways to make personal and professional improvements over the next year… crafting your annual New Year’s Resolution list. Hopefully, you’re looking at making improvements that will help you live healthier, happier and safer—all things we fully support, of course! Here are a few tips that can help you be more successful at reac... Full Article »

Are Officers Spending Too Much Time on the Range?

Dec 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Every agency has specific, often unique training needs. Creating a training agenda that checks all of the required boxes is challenging, to say the least. Trainers often must discern which types of training are required, as well as the frequency of each training topic. In addition, they’re responsible for removing training topics when they become irrelevant or fall to the bottom of the priority list. At one point, my agency held six out of i... Full Article »

Cops, Addiction & A Ground-Breaking Place to Get Help

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

In 2016, Des Plaines, Illinois Chief of Police Bill Kushner was approached with an idea which aimed to solve a problem that had been around for decades. When he started with the Chicago Police Department in 1977, Chief Kushner remembers that the way incidents involving officers abusing alcohol or other substances ended up being more enabling than and preventative. Fast forward to 1989, “the age of enlightenment” as Chief Kushner, then a se... Full Article »

REACTing to Non-Compliance

Dec 20, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In our popular new textbook,  Street Survival II, we dedicate a section to issues related to compliance…and lack thereof. Compliance is extremely helpful to have but sometimes extremely difficult to get. Some suspects just won’t comply with commands. No surprise, right? But the way you approach that situation can have a crucial impact on the speed at which you gain compliance and the success you have in achieving it. Some officers believe... Full Article »

A Cop’s Tips for Keeping Young Kids Safe

Dec 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
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I recently read a Calibre Press article titled Family Safety Tips for Off Duty Encounters. It brought to mind all of the things I’ve done with my daughter over the years to empower her and keep her safe. The last thing we want is for anything terrible to happen to our children. We want to teach them what they should do in the case of an emergency, but we also don’t want them to live in fear. As my daughter’s mom, it’s my job to worry. ... Full Article »

Cops & Criminal Charges: Tips from an Attorney

Dec 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
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[Editor’s note: Attorney Dan Herbert is a former Chicago police officer, Cook County (IL) prosecutor and in-house counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police. He now heads a team of law enforcement defense attorneys at the Herbert Law Firm in Chicago. Over his career, Dan has defended scores of officers in both criminal and civil cases involving use of force. He reached out to Calibre Press to share some tips he felt officers nationwide should be... Full Article »

No Bacon On Your Birthday: The Struggles of Adversity

Dec 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest son’s 16th birthday. He was a late riser that morning - not much of a surprise for a Sunday. My wife and I had just finished our breakfast of bacon and eggs when my son came shuffling out of his room. “I smell bacon,” he said, as he headed towards the kitchen. I called out that all of the bacon was gone, but I may as well have told him all of the world’s bacon was forever gone, never ever to retu... Full Article »

Candid Post-Shooting Advice From a Cop Who’s “Been There”

Dec 11, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

The days, weeks and even years after a deadly force encounter can be extremely stressful for reasons we don’t need to explain. One deputy, who throughout his career had been involved in several shootings--three of them fatal--and had investigated more, felt compelled to share insider thoughts on what he felt fellow officers should be aware of when engaging, and hopefully helping, an officer-involved in an OIS. He generously reached out to Ca... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: Court Reminder – When You Have Time, Use It Wisely Before Shooting

in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Often officers have only split seconds to make decisions in armed confrontations. But a federal appellate court has sent an important reminder: When you do have time, use it wisely. How a California officer spent his “discretionary time” in handling a subject said to be wielding a knife was the pivotal consideration earlier this year when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied that officer a favorable summary judgment in a shooting case w... Full Article »

They really said that? Laughs with lawyers.

Dec 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Word has it these were actual questions from lawyers taken directly from court records. We can’t swear to that, but we can attest to the fact that they’re pretty funny. 1. Is that the same nose you broke as a child? 2.  Q: What happened then? A: He told me, he says, “I have to kill you because you can identify me.” Q: Did he kill you? 3. Was it you or your brother who was killed in the war? 4. Q: I show you Exhibit 3 an... Full Article »

Are Today’s Officers Ready for a Fight?

Dec 04, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

Calibre readers weigh in. Last week, Calibre Press columnist Shane McSheehy’s article, Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face? questioned whether today’s younger officers are really prepared for a fight. The query is one Shane actually uses in his training. “It’s a fairly straight forward question I ask each recruit I instruct during day one of his or her academy defensive tactics block,” Shane says. “Normally, and oftentimes predict... Full Article »

Cop Safety in Restaurants

Dec 02, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Search the news and you’re guaranteed to find reports of officers being targeted for attack – either through physical assault or food tampering – while eating in or ordering from a public restaurant, fast food or otherwise. If this isn’t a scenario you consider and train for, it’s time to start. Here are some officer safety tips to keep in mind when eating in or ordering from a public restaurant: 1. Look, smell & poke. Take a ... Full Article »