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Darien PD “Smacks” Down Drug Traffickers

Jul 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By Robert J. Kicklighter

The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage. --Pope Francis One-minute shy of midnight on July 3, 2017, the efforts to thwart drug trafficking through a small and beautiful Georgia community paid off as officers from the Darien Police Department, Darien, Ga., intercepted one of the nation's deadliest drugs. While operating a Stalker XLR LIDAR ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Armed Suspect Fatally Shot in Ohio

Jul 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From The Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police has released video from body cameras of a deadly officer involved shooting in the Franklinton area, Friday. Columbus Police said Kareem Ali Nadir Jones was shot by two officers after a confrontation in the Franklinton area around 5:45 p.m., Friday. The video appears to show Jones backing away with his hands up. Police say Jones refused to comply with the officers orders to “get ... Full Article »

Eyewitness Misidentification of Suspects

Jul 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

According to the Innocence Project, there have been 350 people in the United States exonerated by DNA testing for crimes they did not commit. The causes of wrongful conviction are likely numerous but one statistic from the Innocence Project stands out: 71% of those 350 cases involved the incorrect identification of the suspect by a witness. Clearly we need to search for reasons that witnesses misidentify so many suspects and strive to correct the... Full Article »

Humor in Blue: The Prince of Darkness

Jul 17, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

Everyone knew that Denny Verna was afraid of the dark. He’s always been afraid of the dark from the day he was a little kid. While going through the police academy, Denny dreaded role play scenarios that took place at night or that involved building searches in dark rooms. He was so glad when the academy ended. But as luck would have it, he drew a slot on graveyards. “Man, if I can just get through this FTO phase without having to chase s... Full Article »

Building Blue Bridges

Jul 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Robert J. Kicklighter

Imagine working as a criminal investigator in Baghdad, Iraq, and attempting to use forensic science to work crime scenes in hostile combat environments with limited resources. Further, imagine trying to teach these same techniques to law enforcement officers in Botswana, Africa, where resources are insufficient in a country formally listed as one of the poorest locations on earth. It would seem impossible to accomplish. But Michael Hullihan, Jr. ... Full Article »

Wyoming Opts in to FirstNet

Jul 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Create Jobs, Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across the State RESTON, Va -- Wyoming is making history. Today, Governor Matthew Mead announced his decision to accept the FirstNet andAT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State's public safety community. This will make Wyoming one of the first states in the country to "opt in" to FirstNet and bring advanced t... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officers Cleared in Fatal March Shooting in N.C.

Jul 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released two officer-worn body camera videos from the deadly shooting of a man holding a rifle in March. Police say officers came to the 1000 block of Justice Avenue just before 1 p.m. March 8 for a suicide threat. Police say 25-year-old Iaroslav Mosiiuk was standing outside of the home holding a hunting rifle. Putney said officer Brian Walsh perceived a threat and fired at le... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Shia LaBouef’s Drunken Tirade & Arrest

Jul 11, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested Saturday in Savannah, Georgia, and charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, police said. LaBeouf, 31, was taken into custody around 4 a.m., and was released later Saturday from Chatham County Detention Center after posting a $7,000 bond, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office said. The actor approached a bystander and a police officer asking for a cigarette, according to a ... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness-Based Therapy for PTSD

Jul 11, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Shawn Perron

One of the many things law enforcement shares with our military veterans who serve (or have served) is a propensity for chronic stress, fatigue, and depression. Many of these often fall under the umbrella of PTSD. Many current studies and medical journals routinely report how mindfulness-based therapies often outperform some of the more standard interventions and active treatments. One such study compared patient-centered group therapies with m... Full Article »

Improving Deescalation with Defensive Tactics

Jul 11, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The last article I wrote was titled “Building the DT Toolbox” and in it I suggested that when training recruits or novice police officers, an instructor’s primary focus should be to build their student’s “toolbox.” I then stated that the toolbox will be the “foundation upon which everything else will be built.” Notice that I didn’t state that the defensive toolbox will be the foundation upon which all other defensive tactics tra... Full Article »

The Void that Cannot be Filled

Jul 10, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Robert J. Kicklighter

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The perception of law enforcement in America is one of disdain for many, based on several founded and unfounded incidents over the last eight years. Rarely officers are shown in a positive light by the media, who relish in the conflict between police and the community because of the increase ratings and profit margins. Then t... Full Article »

VIDEO: Fight in Los Angeles McDonalds

Jul 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  A fight broke out between a few people and a security guard at a Santa Monica McDonald's early Wednesday morning, and it was all captured on video. The fight happened at the McDonald's on 2nd and Colorado streets around 5 a.m., according to the witness who recorded the incident. The witness said fights happen often at the location and many homeless people sleep in the area. The fight the person recorded involved custome... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officers Save Man from Jumping Off Bridge

Jul 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press Grass Valley, Calif., police officers saved a man from jumping off a highway overpass. Officers were called to the Empire Street overpass along Highway 49 on Tuesday afternoon to talk to a man who was considering jumping. Officer Jesse Cloyd, a 5-year veteran with the department, was wearing a body camera during the incident. In the video, he tries to talk the man away from the fenced overpass. "His actions were changing sli... Full Article »

When It’s Time to Sacrifice All

Jul 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Robert J. Kicklighter

Police officers are scrutinized more than ever in today’s world. They are subject to audio and video recordings where the world can review their response to any incident. Also, their actions are constantly questioned by members of the community and media. Further, when they use force, they are rarely supported by the public. In 1997, officers from the Glynn County Police Department were forced to use the force they spent 3 ½ hours trying to av... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Shots Fired After Pursuit in Seattle

Jun 29, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Seattle Police Department Blotter: Armed Robber Arrested After Firing at Officers Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on January 6, 2017 4:49 pm UPDATE: 1/6/2017 at 6:30 pm “Top Notch” is in custody. Detectives investigating today’s robbery believe that the suspect is in fact the “Top Notch” robber and that he is responsible for at least two bank robberies and three commercial robberies. The suspect is the same ma... Full Article »

Humor in Blue: The Bust

Jun 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

Undercover narcs are an odd bunch. Nobody gets ordered to do the kind of work they do. They apply for it, have to be interviewed, have their work backgrounds reviewed, and if they’re lucky get to spend countless hours away from their families, looking like something the cat dragged in, and then watching as the brass announce the great work the “agency” did with quantities upon quantities of drugs, money, and guns displayed on the TV news. ... Full Article »

Stretching Your Brain

Jun 27, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher Randy Larcher & Jesse Williams

If you’ve ever built anything of consequence, you know it is crucial to develop a plan before proceeding with the project. First comes the mental concept, or a picture in your mind of the desired outcome. This is then translated to the blueprints, which are essential to create a list of building materials. They also make sure the different components fit together optimally. Can you imagine trying to build a home without a set of plans? Most o... Full Article »

Police Week: Why It Matters

Jun 26, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Due to the tragic loss of two officers from my department in 2016, I was asked by the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) national president whether I would like to attend National Police Week in Washington D.C. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re ever given the opportunity, I implore you to attend too. For me it was an incomparable and unforgettable life experience. What It Is For those who don’t know, Polic... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer Yanez Video Released [Plus Radio Audio]

Jun 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

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The Tool That’s Been Forgotten

Jun 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Regardless of personal beliefs as to the beginning of humanity, it is apparent that communication is an important part of relationship building. Early man used every skill available to communicate to his partner. Of these skills, nonverbal communication was vital to the survival of man. Body language expert Joe Navarro (2011) has written, “This has been part of our biological heritage for so long that we still primarily communicate nonverbally,... Full Article »