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BODYCAM: Tucson Officer Pulls Over the Chief

Jul 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Tucson.com: In a traffic encounter captured on a police body camera, a Tucson officer pulled over a dark-colored SUV for a red-light infraction only to learn that the driver was his boss. According to the video, which was released by the department after a records request by the Star, the officer tells Magnus that he observed the SUV turn left onto North Alvernon Way from East Broadway after the light had turned red. It was only after he ... Full Article »

Drug Cop Memoirs: “Speed, Counselor”

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

[Author's Note: Most of our readers know that I spent a considerable amount of time working undercover narcotics.  While at a family gathering, I was reflecting on some of the more humorous moments during those years. After a few prompts from family and friends, I decided to regale the small group with some of the more hilarious, albeit G-rated, anecdotes. --D.G.] I was subpoenaed to testify at a preliminary hearing of a dope dealer. We had b... Full Article »

Do Your Policies Need a Spring Cleaning?

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

It’s that time of year when many of us air out the house, clear out the clutter, and do a top-to-bottom cleaning. Spring cleaning probably dates to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning one’s home before Passover, although the tradition is found in many cultures. Iranians call it “shaking the house” and they do it on the first day of spring. Regardless of how it started, the idea behind spring cleaning has applicability far ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer Shoots Through Windshield

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:  Las Vegas police on Monday released body camera footage of two men weaving through traffic in an SUV and shooting at officers during a chase near downtown that left one of the men dead and the other wounded. The footage from Wednesday morning shows officer William Umana following Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30, and yelling “shots fired, shots fired” into his radio. When another police car joined... Full Article »

The Proactive Policing Problem

Jul 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

In this country there are cities—actually particular neighborhoods of cities—that are, if we are to be honest, shooting galleries. Gang and territorial issues, personal slights, drug enterprises in conflict—all result in remorseless criminals firing their weapons at other human beings. Often their tactic is to drive by and spray an area with bullets in the hopes of hitting their intended target. If they miss and hit a 4-year-old sitting on ... Full Article »

Peer Coach Training: Mindfulness

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: Calibre Press is interested in reducing, and acknowledging, stress in the work of first response. To that end we have published many articles on mindfulness and meditation, which are a couple of complimentary tools for enhancing situational awareness and diminishing the harmful effects of stress on our lives. One of the leaders in bringing mindfulness to first responders is Lt. Richard Goerling, who is leading upcoming peer co... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Chief Confronts Reporters Seeking Interview from Rape Victim

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From ClevelandScene.com: Here's a weird story where there's a really good argument that almost everyone involved could have handled things better. Channel 5 dispatched two reporters to the house of a rape victim on June 26th. They sought to interview her after the arrest of her rapist, who committed a particularly brutal attack. She didn't welcome the arrival of TV news media at her house and called the cops in Newburgh Heights. Polic... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Attacked at Shopping Mall

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From FCPDNews.com: A 23-year-old man from Southeast, Washington, D.C., is facing several charges after assaulting an officer. Shortly after 3 yesterday afternoon, an officer patrolling the 8200 block of Russell Road in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County came across a man who smelled distinctly of marijuana which established reasonable suspicion that a crime was afoot. The officer asked Dadrian Jegede to stop, but he walked away. When the of... Full Article »

Morals and Morale: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I’ve been in law enforcement for 38 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. I’ve also seen a consistency in some protocols and behavior when it comes to organizational knee-jerk reactions by bosses to complaints and/or the ever-changing political winds. Some of those reactions include management kowtowing to the media masses and assigning their officers to ass-covering ‘check-the-box’ training. Often the two go hand-in-han... Full Article »

MAYDAY! I’m Caught in the Comparison Trap!

Jul 05, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

"The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday." – Unknown Firefighters are some of the most competitive people I know. For the most part, that sense of competition is connected closely with camaraderie, and it serves us well: We push ourselves to run faster, perform better, learn more. And when one of us achieves something, we all benefit. But sometimes competition takes a negative turn. Sometimes we look at w... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Police Rescue Woman Sleepy on Highway

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

From Yahoo.com: Texas police dashcam footage appears to show the moment a woman was found sleeping in the road. The Fulshear Police Department released the tape that shows one of their officers, Sgt. Charlie Scott, rushing to the aid of the woman as she lay motionless in the road west of Houston Saturday. "The (suspected) intoxicated woman decided to take a nap in the middle of FM 1093 after possibly running off the road and getting her car... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Atlantic City Officer Shoots Knife Attacker

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

From pressofatlanticcity.com:  The June 22 shooting of Timothy Deal on Kentucky Avenue was tragic but justified, as Deal attacked an officer with a knife, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Tuesday. Tyner released video from the body cameras worn by the officers on the scene of the shooting. “We must not lose sight of the fact that a sworn police officer reported to the scene of an accident to protect the public, and was attacke... Full Article »

When Evil Wears a Badge …

Jul 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Robert J. Kicklighter

"Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.  [caption id="attachment_11179" align="alignright" width="119"] Lt. Cory Sasser[/caption] According to his LinkedIn profile, Lt. Robert "Cory" Sasser, suspended police lieutenant with the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD), Glynn County, Ga., began his law enforcement career, January 2000 as a deputy sheriff with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in Valdosta, Ga... Full Article »

Leave a Message!

Jun 30, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By David Magnusson

I think by now, you have come to realize that I try to make points via metaphor. Not everything need be police related. By this I mean, we, as law enforcement professionals, are also regular “Joes” and “Joannas.” We are the fiber of the community we protect and serve. Thus, I write a few things that should resonate as citizen. But being that we are cops, it should resonate even more. Why? Because of what’s it’s demanded of us. Get ou... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Man Shot in the Back

Jun 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

Anywhere you look for this incident, whether websites, traditional newspapers or on the TV and Cable news channels, you will find that this incident is tagged with some form of this phrase, “San Francisco cop shoots man in the back.” After the NBA finals where some California team was crowned champions, I guess, the San Francisco Police Department prepared their officers for revelers over imbibing with drink of the alcohol kind. A young off... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police & Witnesses After Beach Arrest

Jun 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From CBSNews.com: A New Jersey police officer will not face charges for punching a woman in the headduring a controversial arrest caught on video. Widely-shared cellphone footage shows one officer pinning down 20-year-old Emily Weinman of Philadelphia, as another hits her several times. "They think that because they are cops they can get away with it. And that's not the case. That's not right at all," Weinman told CBS News correspondent ... Full Article »

Protecting Our Badge from Losing its Shine

Jun 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

As police agencies work to preserve civility, the all-too-near crescendos of sirens (many times our own) on a nearby street remind us that crime’s engineers are always at work. With the knowledge of ethical behavior and moral understanding in tow, police officers have two important responsibilities: 1) bringing criminals to justice, and, 2) doing so while remaining truthful to ourselves. A fundamental question that each police officer must rem... Full Article »

First Net Association & Conference

Jun 20, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Las Vegas, NV—The event will be held at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55426. It is free to members and $95.00 for non-members; however, a 1-year membership is included in the cost. It takes place June 29, so register now.  "We look forward to our inaugural event, and for the opportunity to educate today’s first responders in and around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas about this unique public-pr... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officers Shoot Suspect Fighting Officers

Jun 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Cleveland.com: East Cleveland police released body camera video of a Sunday afternoon shooting involving a man and two officers. The video shows East Cleveland officers responding to an incident. A man enters the frame and throws at T-shirt at a patrol SUV. The officer's camera catches a glimpse of a woman lying on the pavement near the sidewalk and screaming for help, as officers got out of the SUV.  The shirtless man immediately app... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Officer Shoots Fleeing Suspect in the Back

Jun 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

A San Francisco police officer, during a foot chase with 28-year-old Oliver Barcenas, the gang member and felon, pulled out a modified pistol with an exceptionally long magazine. Upon noticing that gun the officer pulled his sidearm and fired, striking the man in the back and critically wounding him. (On the video you can hear the officer tell other officers that they had to find the gun and it looked like a Tech-9.) Minutes later they did find s... Full Article »