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We Were Not Drafted!

Mar 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

This month’s article is going to be relatively short. This will be done purposely. There is a message to convey, and I have found that the shorter the message, the easier it is to absorb. I am sure there are many variations of what I am writing here, each one no less important than the others, each one important on its own merits. If you can take one or two or even three great points from each and every article that has been written about this ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Parkland School Shooting

Mar 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the  The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released video footage Thursday that showed the armed school resource officer on campus during the Parkland, Fla., shooting rampage standing outside a school building while the massacre unfolded inside. The video raises further questions about the actions of the officer, Scot Peterson, who was a Broward sheriff’s deputy assigned as the lone armed officer protecting Marjory S... Full Article »

VIDEO: Defendant Attacks Witness with Pen

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

From  Dramatic video released Monday shows a U.S. marshal firing four times at close range at a defendant inside a Utah federal courthouse after he rushed the witness stand, jumped and swung with a pen at a shackled witness who barely backed out of the way. The defendant died from his wounds. The 24-second footage from the 2014 gang-related racketeering trial was released after a media coalition including CBS affiliate KUTV ... Full Article »

Preventing Mass Murders

Mar 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I was a police officer for 30 years and I have taught Criminal Justice for 16 years. Nothing I can say will help the people affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., or people involved with previous mass murders. After the shooting in Parkland, I watched a variety of media pundits blame a long list of individuals and/or entities for the deaths of 17 students. Some people personally blamed President Trump,... Full Article »

Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

Mar 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

The recent Parkland, Fla., school murders have sparked a heated national discussion about school safety, particularly about arming teachers. Law enforcement, teachers, administrators, students and parents—everyone has an opinion on pistol-packing professors. Even President Trump has weighed in on the subject: He’s for it. So has the National of School Resource Officers: Against. It’s a debate that may well go on for a very long time. Righ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Fired, Charged for Beating Jaywalker

Mar 09, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the  Asheville’s police chief said she will resign if people want her to, in the aftermath of a leaked body-camera video showing one of her former police officers beating a man who was accused of jaywalking. “I am happy to resign if that will solve the problem,” Chief Tammy Hooper said as hundreds of people expressed their frustration during a Citizen Police Advisory Committee meeting at a local community cente... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Trooper Cleared of Sexual Harassment

Mar 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A district attorney's office in Tennessee says the actions of a trooper who allegedly groped a woman during a traffic stop and pulled her over again three hours later were "inconsistent with his training," CBS Knoxville affiliate WVLT-TV reports. "Our review of this matter revealed that Trooper Lloyd's actions were inconsistent with his training and Tennessee Department of Safety General Orders," said a release late last wee... Full Article »

School Shootings: We Must Do Better

Mar 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

The shootings and murder in American schools is a national crisis that we must immediately address. A nation-wide strategy must be developed to provide a safe environment for our children and educators. News programs report one of the responses from Washington, D.C., is to equip teachers with firearms. Are we to expect professional educators to be the front line of defense to protect our nation’s greatest treasure, our children? The idea that ... Full Article »

Deconstructing Formations: Like an Amoeba

Mar 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

The ideal tactical formation is like an amoeba: a group of moving organisms possessing the ability to alter its shape, assimilate and adapt to it’s ever changing environment; a single, flexible formation, as opposed to a series of different formations for every new situation. This is doable, trainable, and much easier than you think. An amoeba-type formation is achieved by each member of the formation possessing a thorough understanding of the... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fatal OIS of Man Armed with Pipe, Knife

Feb 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  Louisville, Ky., lawyers are going to bat for the family of a western Kentucky man shot and killed by police. The incident happened in Fulton and was caught on the officer body's camera video. The footage was captured in January of 2017. Police say Chris McClure was swinging a metal pole at parked cars and breaking windows. His lawyers acknowledge there was also a knife taped to the poll, and that McClure had some mental... Full Article »

Looking for the Bad Guy

Feb 28, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Broward County Deputy Scot R. Peterson is a coward. On this point everyone agrees. His Sheriff, Scott Israel, publicly stated that he was “devastated, sick to my stomach” after learning about his deputy’s apparent refusal to enter the building looking for what turned out to be Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15.  When questioned about what Scot Peterson should have done, the Sheriff simply said, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer... Full Article »

Schools & Police: The Need For Presence

Feb 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

While the recent school mass shooting in Florida is on the minds of people across the nation, this article is not directly in response to that incident. Rather, I’m discussing the frequent day-to-day aggression that occurs between students in our schools and just one factor that I believe can make an impact on reducing it. Just so you understand where my views are coming from, I’ll share a little about myself. I am currently employed as a sc... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Fatal OIS of Armed Man

Feb 14, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Daily Journal:  Police video of a Jan. 22 fatal shooting in Millville, N.J., shows the deceased man refusing to obey orders to halt and apparently holding an unidentified object in his hands that he points at police. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office released video of the incident to The Daily Journal on Tuesday in response to a public records request. The video is from the patrol vehicle of Millville police Officer Colt Gibs... Full Article »

Picking a Combatives School

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival

“I want to get better in a fight. Where do you think I should train?” At least one fellow officer asks me some variation of that question every week. I am flattered that they ask and happy that they are looking to train. Usually it’s from a recruit or newer officer, and when that happens, my first thought is always, “That is exactly where your mind needs to be right now.” Sometimes a veteran officer approaches me, and I realize that th... Full Article »

Cover Officer Tactics

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities of the cover officer. ... So I asked permission from the great folks at Law to reprint an article authored by yours truly that originally appeared in... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Man with Knife Leaps from Car at Officer

Feb 07, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From CLAYTON, Ga. - A man fled from police, crashed his car, then was shot and killed after attacking an officer in Rabun County this week, authorities said. The chase and shooting were caught on dash cam video which was released by the Clayton Police Department on Friday. Clayton Police Chief Andy Strait said the officer, who has not yet been identified, attempted to pull over a vehicle along Highway 441 for doing 68 in a 45 ... Full Article »

Our Gooey Blue Centers

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I recently read an article on Calibre Press about a retiring Lieutenant’s hero: his wife. I find myself in a similar position. For my part, if there were ever a choice to make between my wife and my career, my career would take a distant second. She inspires me, keeps me human. For her I write this column. Aside from my wife, there are many people in my life who do this. I owe them all a debt of gratitude. To all of my friends and family who... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: On Eating …

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Shawn Perron

Most first responders don’t understand, or even know of, the concept of mindful eating. Most of us eat what we can, when we can. It’s the nature of our work. A meal happens in minutes or less. I’ve personally seen some impressive man-sized helpings shoveled in so fast it would cross the eye of cyclops. I’ve been told Marines eat like this for years. I’m no Marine myself, but I’ve known many (my father included) who have mastered the s... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Man Sues Police for Being ‘Wrongfully Tased’

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A man tased twice by police and severely injured when he fell and hit his head has filed a lawsuit against the two officers who fired their tasers. “When I turn around boom, before I had a chance to get down on my knees,” Fernando Coronado, 47 years-old, said during a press conference with his attorney Robert Sykes. During the press conference, Sykes showed the body cam video from one of the officers when the incident happen... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fatal OIS in Chicago

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  Bodycam video released Friday night shows a fatal shooting involving a Chicago police officer. COPA, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, released the video for transparency reasons from a fatal police involved shooting at the end of November. Officers responded to a call of shots fired just after 2 p.m. on November 29th in the 6100 block of South King Drive. Chicago police say 24-year-old Aquoness Cathery was hold... Full Article »