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A December to Remember

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

Based on the response received from our Calibre readers my recent column “September: A Month to Remember” article, I decided to plop my butt down, do a little research, and author a piece for December. Here, in chronological order by year, are a few interesting factoids regarding our profession during the month of December.  Unfortunately, this piece, unlike the September article, doesn’t have a whole lot of positives. That wasn... Full Article »

TargetSolutions Partners with Calibre Press

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Press Contact TargetSolutions Rich Miron 858.376.1638 [email protected]   Partnership Is an Exciting Development for Law Enforcement Agencies Looking to Improve and Streamline Training Delivery SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, and Calibre Press, known for its educational law enforcement training cont... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Straining The Line

Dec 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The thin blue line is strained. The strain is getting worse by the day. But what if the thin blue line breaks? What I mean by this is: Where will society be when no one wants to do the job anymore? Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing increasing shortages due to retirements, transfers, and a major decrease in applicants trying to get into the academy. The retiring generation often bought into the job at a time when major narco... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Shoots into Fleeing Car

Dec 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

[Note: These videos are provided here for law enforcement reference viewing only and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer's own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment responding to such live scenarios.] Chicago police Officer Marco Proano was sentenced to five years in federal prison for a Dec. 2013 shooting. P... Full Article »

To Serve & Protect

Dec 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

“Not all men are created equal, but only the finest become police officers.” This anonymous quote is embroidered in thick, black letters on an oval shaped slab of concrete resting in the center of my backyard garden. My hero may not have a cape or a mask, but he does have a badge. My dad, Officer Wierenga, is my Michigan hero. My dad is a police officer, if you haven't figured that out yet. Everyday he is a hero. It's his job. Everyday, as s... Full Article »

Remembering the City as It Was

Nov 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well.  As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »

Tactical Paraphrasing

Nov 30, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

‘Active Listening’ dominates discourse on ‘deescalation,’ at least as far as classes and training seminars go. As for using it in the field, however, that’s another story. The Problem You are in a situation where you are trying to calm down an agitated individual. In classic form of active listening, the officer is told to use stilted language like: “What I hear you saying is …” or “What you are sharing with me is …” The ... Full Article »

Street Survival II: Chapter 13 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

“You have to be ready for when the day chooses you!” St. Paul, MN Officer Brian Wanschura One night in California, two officers on stakeout were sitting in their patrol car chatting quietly to while-away the dragging hours. In the darkness, a man silently crept up from behind, leveled a .30 cal. carbine at their back window, and carefully drew a bead on one officer's head. Without a word, he racked a round into the chamber and pulled the ... Full Article »

Street Survival, Now

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

About the Street Survival Update The primary author of the original Street Survival, Tactics for Armed Encounters, published in 1980, was Chuck Remsberg.  At that time, he had no idea that he was writing perhaps the best selling law enforcement book of all time.  Nor did he have any idea that he was also creating a movement. In the first edition of Street Survival, Chuck brought together stories, tactics, and techniques from officers from all... Full Article »

Street Survival II: Chapter 12 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Q: “In the vast majority of cases, before people attack, what do they do? A: “They tell you.” Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar Human Behavior Specialists If dealing with people is what we law enforcement officers do, then when it comes to that topic we need to become the world’s foremost experts. In our Calibre Press Communication Solutions for 21st Century Policing seminars, one of the first things we do is immediately articu... Full Article »

Street Suvival II: Chapter 1 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

“To prepare for what will happen, look to what has happened.”  Gordon Graham History’s Lessons The primary circumstances in which criminals take on officers in gunfights have varied little throughout history. An early example of a police officer being killed in the line of duty was recorded in New York City in 1854. During the incident, a baker interrupted two “juvenile delinquents” burglarizing his establishment. The official rep... Full Article »

A Conversation with My Daughter

Nov 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

On Monday afternoon one of my daughters, Kara, called me. There was a sense of urgency as well as desperation in her voice. “Do you see what’s going on at Mercy Hospital?” Mercy is a southside Chicago general medical center chartered as the first hospital in the city, I’ve learned in the last few days, in 1852. “Some asshole just shot a doctor and a cop!” With that I flipped on the television and there it was all over the local news... Full Article »

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Vol. 4

Nov 16, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Rebecca Neusteter & Megan O'Toole

Emerging Issues in American Policing is a quarterly digest intended for police-practitioners and community members that presents innovations in the field of policing from the leading academic journals and research publications. Please forward any questions or suggestions to [email protected] Shift-Type and De-Escalation A simulated research experiment reveals that day-shift officers resolve situations more collaboratively and a... Full Article »

GRAPHIC: Officers Shoot Man in Restaurant

Nov 15, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Crawford Coates

As reported by Muskogee (Okla.) Police Department has released body cam video of the officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead earlier this week. Andrew Kana was shot and killed November 12 while being arrested on felony warrants, according to MPD.  Three officers were taking Kana into custody at the I Don't Care Bar and Grill on West Shawnee Street Monday afternoon. They had a tip from a 911 caller that Kana was at the ... Full Article »

The Manhattan Boatlift

Nov 14, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By Dave Grossi

There’s been a ton of stories written about 9/11. Most deal with the extraordinary heroics of our police, fire, and EMS personnel during and after the attack. Most are compelling and bring credit to each occupation. However, recently I came across a video of incredible heroics performed by a group individuals most would not associate with any of the three professions mentioned above. Yet collectively they were responsible for rescuing almost ha... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Sheriff in Shootout with Suspect

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

As reported by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: The Washington County sheriff's office has released dash-cam video that show a shootout with a gunman Sunday. The agency said on Facebook that Sheriff Tim Helder chose to release the footage because bystander video has already been posted online and "because of the great public interest it has generated." The video, viewable above, also includes 911 audio and shots of the bullet holes in Washington... Full Article »

Sucker Punched

Nov 13, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Richard Hough

On the street, in jails and prisons, in the home, at work, occasionally even on an airplane, one person assaults another. This seems to be an inevitable part of the human condition, most often performed by males of the species. What sometimes is surprising is that even with the presence of what most people would consider a deterrent, many people will engage in the fight or simply strike another person. People, it would seem, often don’t conside... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Tased by Suspect During Scuffle

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

As reported by  An Evansville Police Department officer was injured Wednesday morning investigating a suspicious person at a Southeast Side elementary school. The officer received facial injuries after scuffling with a man near Fairlawn Elementary School, 2021 S. Alvord Blvd., according to a news release. The officer was treated and released from a local hospital while the suspect, 22-year-old Logan Stidham, was booked int... Full Article »

VIDEO: Police Shoot Woman Armed with Knife

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

On March 12, 2018 Elgin, Ill., police pulled over 34-yr-old Decynthia Clements. She was armed with a knife and they attempted to talk her out of her car for nearly an hour. Her car caught on fire, which forced officers to move in to pull her out. They had both Tasers and firearms ready if needed. Clements suddenly came out of the burning SUV with a knife clearly in her hand. Officers yelled "Let me see your hands" and "Put the knife down!" She wa... Full Article »