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A More Reasonable Expectation

Jan 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Crawford Coates

“And I would say, ‘Fuck you, police officer!’ I’m sick of you. Screw you. You’ve had your chance! You’ve had your chance to police my community without murdering us and you have failed for 300 years. Enough!’ That’s what I would say. More people might get hurt. I’m willing to risk that.” That quote comes from Elie Mystal, a Harvard-trained lawyer and legal editor for WNYC’s More Perfect podcast. Haven’t heard of More Pe... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Pt. 2

Jan 17, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

If you haven't already, click here to read Part One. Otherwise, we’re in the city, at the hotel, and all the advance work has been completed. Bob and I are dressed for work and ready to go. Day One 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On Day One, we’d head down to the ball room at 5:30am and set up the AV equipment, and once again test all the equipment, cue up the film clips and audio tapes, and then head to breakfast. It was important to the com... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer-Involved Shooting in North Little Rock

Jan 12, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From The North Little Police Department on Wednesday released footage showing the fatal shooting of a teenage gunman by officers after a struggle. Police Chief Mike Davis said during a news conference that the release of dashboard-camera video footage from the scene was deemed necessary after a “great deal of misinformation” spread on social media. “I fear that misinformation gets out that says the subject wasn’t ar... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Man Attacks, Bites Highway Patrolman on Roadside

Jan 12, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From An Elyria, Ohio, man was arrested after the Ohio State Highway Patrol says he assaulted a trooper and it was caught on video. The trooper was called to Diagonal Road near Biggs Road just outside of LaGrange shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday for a man walking in the roadway. The man, identified as Cornelious L. Carey, Jr., was confrontational and hit the trooper in the face, the patrol said. According to Elyria Municipal Court docume... Full Article »

VIDEO: The Deadly Ambush of a Deputy

Jan 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

From The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released edited versions of body camera video and more details about what led to the deadly deputy ambush on New Year’s Eve. Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot along with three other sheriff’s deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two citizens in an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment. Parrish died at the scene. Officers said they were called to the apar... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Part 1

Jan 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Dave Grossi

The Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar continues to inform and inspire American law enforcement. Under the leadership of Jim Glennon, it has been transformed to reflect the realities affecting today’s officers. I highly recommend it, especially to newer officers. It provides the platform on which to build your career. But my personal, lived experience with Street Survival comes from a prior iteration. See, I was lead instructor from 1988 to... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lessons from Reaching into a Car

Jan 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Tony Blauer

There’s a reason he couldn’t let go and it has to do with fear and physiology. He’s not the first cop to grab the car of a fleeing suspect. It never ends with the cop slowing the car to halt like some superhero. The grab is an unconscious reaction to the suspect’s sudden non-compliance. Trust me, he wasn’t hanging on because he thought it was a good idea. At a physiological level, the crossed-extensor reflex (CER) contracts durin... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Shoot Armed Woman After Lengthy Standoff

Jan 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From An Olathe man tells FOX 4 that he wishes his girlfriend would have put her gun down when police showed up at a home on Wednesday to take her back to jail. Ciara Howard was 26 years old, serving time for a theft charge and on work release, but failed to return to the jail in Gardner. Instead she went to her boyfriend's house east of downtown Olathe, where after a standoff, Howard was shot and killed. FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien tal... Full Article »

Focus, Awareness, & Perspective

Jan 04, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

"You have the attention span of a gnat." Have you ever known someone like this, or been accused of this yourself? I imagine that some people have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time due to medical issues or their general state of mind. But could it also be attributed to the nature of a person's environment, or their job? Could it be that, given certain situations, having the attention span of a gnat is actually a good thing? Focu... Full Article »

Mental Health Triage, Pt. 2

Jan 04, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival

[Publisher's Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for Part 1: Tools for LEOs.] The police personality is mythical at best. At the root of much of the perception of this personality are fear and mistrust. When officers find themselves in need of mental health services, they are afraid they will be ostracized or labeled as weak or a “head case.” To avoid these labels, officers hide behind the persona of the police pers... Full Article »

VIDEO: Homeless Man Heroically Rescues Officer

Dec 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  South Carolina Police honored a homeless black man on Wednesday who came to the assistance of a white female police officer who was trying to make an arrest and was knocked to the ground by the assailant. Columbia Police praised Cray Turmon for springing into action and helping the police officer before things might have gotten out of control, Fox News reported. "She's a woman slammed to the ground and she's an of... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Controversial Cincinnati Taser Incident

Dec 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Two Cincinnati police officers used "horrible judgment" and may have violated department policy when they used their Tasers in an early August scuffle, say experts who reviewed body camera footage obtained by The Enquirer. The Aug. 8 incident prompted an extraordinary intervention by the Hamilton County prosecutor in an external city investigation into the use of force and a major showdown between City Manager Harry Bla... Full Article »

Working Holidays …

Dec 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Joseph Padilla

Working the holidays can be interesting for police officers and other first responders. New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July are usually busy for cops, but many of the other holidays are quiet. Holidays can be emotional times for everyone. It’s common knowledge among cops that the Christmas season can be a lonely time for some people. A November 28, 2010, Psychology Today article stated, “One North American survey reported that 45% of respo... Full Article »

Mental Health Triage: Tools for LEOs, Pt. 1

Dec 21, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol

In the world of law enforcement, the most noted form of trauma is an officer-involved shooting. But from a psychological standpoint that may not necessarily be the case. So-called normal or routine calls, over time—very often, in my experience—weigh heavily on officers and can lead to trauma. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it seems the profession finally recognizes that exposure to major traumatic events requires some form of p... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fla. Officer Dragged for Nearly Half a Mile

Dec 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

From the For about a half mile, a Pembroke Pines police officer clung to the side of a car as the driver careened out of a retirement community. Part of the hair-raising ride was captured on Officer John Cusack’s body camera. The camera, police say, fell off after the suspect made several “sharp maneuvers.” Surveillance video then captured the beginning of what turned into a chase through Broward during Tuesday’... Full Article »

You’ve Got to Throw the Right!

Dec 14, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

Go to a mirror. Any mirror. Get into a fighting stance. Got it? Now throw your money punch: a straight right cross. (If you’re left-handed, that will be a straight left. Throughout the article, keep this in mind.) Throw it in real time a few times. Mix it up a bit. Get on the balls of your feet. Throw a jab then the right. Double up on the jab then thrown the right. I am very serious. Keep doing it. Jab-jab-right! Now slow it up a bit. Take it... Full Article »

The Real Heroes

Dec 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Kelly DeVoll

As of this writing I am 225 days from retirement. I’ve spent the past 28-plus years serving two different communities and have loved the challenges through the years. For the vast majority of that time I have had the same beautiful girl by my side! She comforts me when I am sad, strengthens me when I am weak, keeps me grounded when I feel full of myself. She is my rock! But recently the relationship has changed …    Reflection Not the re... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Found Not Guilty of Second-degree Murder of Daniel Shaver

Dec 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

[Publisher's Note: The previous article fragment appended to this video, from, mistakenly attributed the commands to Brailsford. They in fact came from Sgt. Charles Langely. Thank you to  W.J. for alerting me to this discrepancy.] From the  The shooting, by Philip “Mitch” Brailsford, then an officer with the Mesa Police Department, occurred after officers responded to a call about a man allegedly pointi... Full Article »

Bleeding Out

Dec 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

16-year-old Steven Rahor knew what he wanted to do right away. It was the beginning of his junior year and he was sitting in his social studies class when the teacher gave out an assignment. The teacher told the students that they needed to find a partner and create a video, set to music, with images that addressed a socially significant issue of the day. In the fall of 2016 the issues of the day centered around cops—and not in a good way. Po... Full Article »

Promoting Agency Morale Up & Down the Food Chain

Nov 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jeff Shannon

The nerd in me I wish there were some objective, universal measure of LEO morale that would show us trends over the decades. That would be an interesting chart to look at. While the intuition and anecdotal evidence presented here may not be as convincing as a double blind randomized experiment, it still has good value. Based on my own experience—and that of speaking with dozens of officers, both as I was approaching retirement and after actual... Full Article »