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Why “Deescalation” is Becoming a Problematic Word

Aug 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Violence is always ugly. A lot of the public believes, however, that if the violence justified, it will look as clean as a John Wayne movie. If it looks disturbing or if someone (other than an officer) is hurt, all too many people assume that police must have done something wrong. In increasing numbers of cases, particularly when it involves someone who may (also) be suffering from some form of emotional or mental disability, the talismanic phr... Full Article »

Emerging Issues: Alternatives to Enforcement

Aug 30, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership

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]   Introduction Recent efforts to develop and expand alternatives to enforcement highlight research-informed strategies to more eff... Full Article »

BODYCAM: LVMPD Officers Shoot Stabber

Aug 29, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  Metro police are still searching for a motive after a man randomly stabbed two women in the West part of the valley on Friday. Police released body camera video showing the chaotic moments before an officer shot the suspect. In the video, Metro police shout at least a dozen times at the suspect, 38-year-old Caleb Hill. Police said Hill didn’t listen or respond. When they arrived, police saw Hill stabbing his sec... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Running Suspect Fires on Officers

Aug 29, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

  The Albuquerque Journal Reports:  Lapel video released by Albuquerque police on Friday shows the moment 23-year-old Charles Purvis shot at officers from a few feet away – narrowly missing – before escaping into a northeast-area neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Officers set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and called in the SWAT team, police dogs and a helicopter to locate Purvis, finding him inside an abandoned home nearly ... Full Article »

First Responders & Their Spouses

Aug 28, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Once upon a time, the current co-owners of Calibre Press were not married. They were dating. They were in Atlantic City for the storied Street Survival Seminar. Jim was teaching nearly 400 cops. When one of the facilitators didn’t show up, Lisa took over. Part of her charge was selling books. On top of the box of possible books to sell was a press copy that intrigued her.  I Love a Cop, was the title, and she read it. She married Jim, they la... Full Article »

Inspirational Police Quotes

Aug 24, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I give a lot of speeches. Some are at military affairs. Most are at police functions such as academy graduations, Peace Officer Memorial Day, and so forth. I always like to pepper my speeches with a few relevant quotes. From time to time, I’m asked by other LEOs for permission to use them. I always agree to because, really, they’re not mine. My lovely wife suggested that I put a few down in print to share with our CalibrePre... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fatal OIS of Armed Subject

Aug 23, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  St. Paul Police released police body camera videos during a Friday afternoon press conference showing the fatal shooting of an armed 43-year-old man by two of the department's officers. Police Chief Todd Axtell called the Aug. 5 shooting "absolutely heart wrenching for all involved." Axtell said he balanced his "duty and obligation" to the active investigation into the fatal shooting with "wide-spread rumor" about the sho... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Las Vegas Officer Shoots Man Stabbing Victim

Aug 23, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A Las Vegas police official on Monday credited a sergeant with saving a life last week when she fatally shot a man who had stabbed a woman. Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Daniella Cino, 34, shot 30-year-old William Fuller outside an east valley apartment Wednesday night. Body camera footage released Monday shows Cino shooting Fuller after he had attacked the woman outside an apartment and begun running towar... Full Article »

Is Your Department Drifting?

Aug 22, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Sam DiGiovanna

I recently read a story about two teenage boys who came upon an abandoned boat floating in the river. The paddles were broken, but that didn't deter them. They jumped in the boat without much thought. We shoved off and drifted downstream talking, joking and carrying on. I'm not sure how much time passed as we floated aimlessly along, but we knew we were in trouble when a loud roar reached our ears. Up ahead, water was rushing over the dam. P... Full Article »

Carnage Report

Aug 21, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Guy Quaintance

NHTSA—National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for those who don’t know—and the other various alphabet-soup government agencies who keep track of roadway statistics tend to attribute the major causal factors of collisions on physical mechanics that are measurable. I understand this and accept it, because we have to start somewhere. While it’s true that excessive speed is a major causal factor in collisions, it’s even more true th... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Man Grabs Taser, Gets Shot

Aug 15, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Miami-Herald:  A Pompano Beach man was shot by police after a bizarre encounter that began when he drove his car through a chain-link fence and into a small lake just north of the Florida Keys and was saved by another driver. After being helped from the submerged vehicle by a motorist who had stopped along the highway, Jahmal Parker became combative with first responders before he was shot, police said. Now, nearly five months after t... Full Article »

OK, But Not the Attic …

Aug 13, 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.] Dopers are not the brightest of criminals. I mean, they’re not sophistic... Full Article »

Are the Police Ever Not to Blame?

Aug 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Highland Park, Mich., police responded to reports that a woman was threatening people and breaking windows at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church on June 24. Upon arrival police officers learned that the woman also assaulted a 13-year-old girl visiting from Virginia. The officers met with the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Bullock, in the parking lot area of the church. Rev. Bullock told the officers that he believed the suspect "migh... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Route 33 Roadside Shooting

Aug 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  The video released to of the shootout between Daniel Clary and two Pennsylvania state police troopers shows how quickly a routine traffic stop can turn into a life or death struggle. Daniel Clary, left, and Seth Kelly Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck released the video to demonstrate exactly that point. He released it only after consulting with the family of ... Full Article »

Measuring Success & Motivating Service

Aug 08, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In the 1800s cobras were rampant throughout Delhi, India. Cobras are of course deadly, and it would be hazardous to bump into one of these large snakes on a stroll through the city. Thus, the government put a bounty on the snakes and paid citizens for cobra carcasses. This incentive induced some smart citizens to create cobra farms and raise the snakes, so they could kill them and turn them in for the bounty. The government found out about this s... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Fights with Suspect for More than 2 minutes

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

From CBS News:  New video was released Friday showing a struggle between an officer and a suspect moments before an officer-involved shooting took place in Oxnard, Calif., last weekend, CBS Los Angeles reports. After the suspect was shot, he fled to his home and then kept police at bay for hours. Police eventually gained entry and took the suspect into custody. CBS Los Angeles spoke to Oxnard's assistant police chief, Eric Sonstegard, about ... Full Article »

VIDEO: LAPD Shoot Beanbags, Taser, & Bullets at Armed Suspect

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

From  Los Angeles police on Saturday released footage showing the moment an officer shot and wounded a suspected stabber in Porter Ranch. An officer responding to a stabbing call the night of June 20 opened fire on 53-year-old Alen Alpanian, who has since pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the attack of his ex-wife. The victim sustained abdominal injuries but was expected to recover, according to police. In the 911 call ... Full Article »

The Debate Over Memory

Aug 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Radley Balko of the Washington Post writes often about the police. Never, as far as I’ve seen, favorably. In his July 31 column, “Study: ‘Cooling-off periods’ don’t help cops remember officer-involved shootings,” he writes about the practice by some agencies of letting officers calm themselves, sometimes for days, before giving a formal statement. To Balko, this is an outrageous abuse of power. He cites some research that involved p... Full Article »

Disarmings: The Reality

Aug 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

My wife and I just returned from a police funeral. Fort Myers, Fla., Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot on July 21 after responding to a call at local service station of a stolen cell phone. He pursued the suspect on foot and during the apprehension attempt, was knocked to the ground, allegedly disarmed, and shot in the head with his service pistol. He survived for a week on life support. His End of Watch was July 28, 2018.  His funera... Full Article »

Gandhi & the Police: An Opportunity for Learning

Aug 01, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Stress is the occupational hazard of first response. It’s not just the sudden acute onset stress of critical incidents. There is moreover the chronic stress of shift work and a lack of support from some communities, politicians, and police brass. “Death by a thousand cuts,” is how psychologist Ellen Kirschman describes it. Stress—acute and chronic—kills. It kills performance, morale, and innovation, and, quite literally, it kills you d... Full Article »