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BODYCAM: Intense Shootout at San Diego Apartment

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From [caption id="attachment_12267" align="alignright" width="337"] For an excellent primer on "ghost" guns, check out this article by Professor Mark Tallman. [/caption] A gun battle caught on an officer's body-worn camera was released Monday by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office along with their conclusion that officers were justified in using deadly force in the College Area shooting that took place last year. ... Full Article »

Another Hero Down

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Robert J. Kicklighter

“You’re in the arms of the Angel, may you find some comfort here.” The Savannah Police Department (SPD) confirmed one officer has died after a shooting Saturday night near the 2300 block of Bull Street in Savannah, Ga. According to the Savannah Police Department, officers responded to the area of Bull Street around 8:10 p.m. to follow up on a previous robbery call. The officers located the suspect’s vehicle and tried to approach the ca... Full Article »

The Odds of Another School Shooting

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

Another school shooting! These words used to numb me. Yes, they still do. But there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger that complements my outrage and sadness when I learn of such things. As a law enforcement professional, I think the last thing you ever want to lose is your ability to feel the compassion and humanity when you learn of something like this. Yes, we suck it up and tend to the matters at hand, but it just is not normal... Full Article »

VIDEO: Slow Shootout Chase through Anaheim

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  Two Anaheim police officers fired their weapons 76 times during a pursuit last year in which a man armed with an airsoft gun and under the influence of drugs was killed after being struck by at least nine police bullets. The actions of the officers were described by prosecutors as “alarming and irresponsible” in a report released Wednesday, but the Orange County District Attorney’s Office determined there was i... Full Article »

A Clean Sweep

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

I love the story of Ray Sidejas, operations manager of custodial guest services at Disneyland. Ray spent 46 years keeping the “happiest place on Earth” clean.  Ray didn’t originally think he’d work at Disneyland for long. He held down two jobs while attending college to earn a degree in Police Science. When he graduated in 1969, however, he had an opportunity to apply for a management position in janitorial services at Disneyland. He di... Full Article »

Hiring the Invested Candidate

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Daniel Flippo

Recruiting and hiring new officers is a challenge faced by law enforcement agencies across the nation. Fewer people are drawn to a career, and, unlike many veteran officers, often new candidates don’t see a career in law enforcement as a calling. Agencies are facing extreme staffing shortages, where more than 25% of their work force is vacant, injured, or retiring. This creates a burden on departments to address workload and morale issues with... Full Article »

VIDEO: Cellphone Video of Sandra Bland Arrest Released

May 07, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  WALLER COUNTY, Texas — New cellphone footage from the now infamous traffic stop of Sandra Bland shows her perspective when a Texas state trooper points a Taser and yells, “I will light you up!” Bland, 28, was found dead three days later in her Waller County jail cell near Houston. Her death was ruled a suicide. The new video — released as part of a WFAA exclusive in partnership with the Investigativ... Full Article »

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

May 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

Mindfulness is, at this point, an almost meaningless concept for many. It reeks of an attractive middle-age woman sitting cross-legged in a field of grass with OK signs planted on each knee. She’s ridden a bike here, it seems, and eats lots of salad, and doesn’t do much more than that. How many times, furthermore, have I heard it suggested that we “mindfully” brush our teeth? Do the dishes? Clean house? And if you were to put the adverb ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Fatal OIS in Connecticut

May 03, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by The Hartford State's Attorney has released dash cam video Friday from the fatal officer-involved shooting in Wethersfield from last month.  Police say at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, Officer Peter Salvatore tried to pull over 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz, who was believed to be driving a stolen vehicle, on Silas Deane Highway. Cruz initially stopped but then engaged police in a brief pursuit where o... Full Article »

The Familiar Sounds of Law Enforcement

May 01, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

Law enforcement is one of only a handful of jobs where all the senses are engaged much of the time. There are obviously distinct sights and smells that officers encounter throughout their career. However, there are sounds that law enforcement hear so often that they never seem to go away throughout an officer’s life. The following is a short list of just a few of those. Sirens: Of course, this one is a little obvious, but the sound of a polic... Full Article »

Answer the Why, Motivate the Team

May 01, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

The law enforcement profession is fluid and constantly changing. As officers train and adjust their tactics in an effort to keep their communities safe, so do the criminal element. Law enforcement professionals across the United States must ensure that they also stay abreast of new laws that are passed at each legislative session. As if these challenges were not demanding enough leaders in law enforcement must be cognizant of the cultural challen... Full Article »

VIDEO: LAPD Officers Shoot Man with Knife with Beanbag Rounds

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by An investigation is underway after Los Angeles police officers deployed non-lethal weapons on a knife-wielding man in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in late February, the agency announced Saturday. Kenneth Sylvas, a 68-year-old L.A. resident, was hospitalized for injuries to his hand following the confrontation at a business on Fifth Street and Broadway around noon on Feb. 26, according to LAPD. Police released vide... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoots Man Armed with Crowbar

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  Police are releasing new details after a man, who walked away from a halfway house in Oklahoma City, allegedly charged at an officer. On Wednesday, just after 6 p.m., an Oklahoma City police officer responded to the area of NW 10th and Villa after receiving a call of a suspicious person in the area. When the officer, now identified as Officer Brandon Lee, arrived on scene, he saw the suspect, Kirk Dustin Shields,... Full Article »

FTO: Lead from Where You Are

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

It's 0300 on a Tuesday. It’s been a relatively slow shift which is set to end at 0600. You’re serving as a Field Training Officer (FTO). It’s Day 17 of the FTO period. You and the new officer have started to find your rhythm. Amid a slow night of catching up on reports and completing mandatory policy reviews, a storm begins to enter your area. In the back of your mind you think to yourself, "Great. Another storm. That means I’ll be sent t... Full Article »

You, Me, & the Whole Crew

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By John Patston

How well an organization performs greatly depends on the collective effort. With us cops individualism is not as important as plural talents. If I’m going to crush the ball out of the park, then I’d prefer to have a teammate or two already on base. Very often, the success of an agency hinges on the collective and unified effort. Sometimes we forget, but so much of what we do—and how we do it—is the same as those who work around us.  A... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Under Investigation for Arrest of Woman

Apr 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by RICHMOND, Texas -- A Richmond Police officer is on leave and the Texas Rangers are investigating after a video of a traffic stop raised serious questions about the officer's conduct.  The dashcam and body worn camera videos were obtained exclusively by ABC13 Eyewitness News.  On Jan. 31, Officer Bradley McNeal pulled over Izzy Moreno for allegedly having a back light out on her car near Second and Morton Street in R... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officers Shoot Man After Standoff

Apr 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

[Note: This video is intended for educational and informational purposes only.] As reported by the  Police opened fire on an armed man Tuesday in Okolona when he charged at them following a minuteslong standoff, newly released body camera footage shows.  The footage from the two officers who shot and killed 33-year-old Terry Davis Jr. shows a prolonged standoff in which police shouted commands for the man to drop his g... Full Article »

No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

Apr 08, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Daniel Flippo

I recently found myself standing in line at a local grocery store, grabbing a few items on my way home from a long day at work. As I stood there next in line, I heard the cashier tell the customer ahead of me, “Yup, there are no bad days.” She agreed, replying, “Yes, it’s all about your attitude.” No Bad Days It must have been one of those days, or perhaps it was that I was tired and had been contemplating the loss of eight officers ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Shoots Man Reaching for Holster

Mar 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports: A 20-year-old armed robbery suspect shot by a Las Vegas officer on Saturday night is also accused of burglarizing a Boys & Girls Club minutes before the shooting, an official said Wednesday. Security footage played at a Wednesday news briefing showed Steven R. Aguirre, 20, rummaging through some drawers about 10 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse of the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club, ... Full Article »

Weight Classes Aside, It’s All Boxing

Mar 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

I was in a meeting recently where I was asked about my career in law enforcement. I told them I had gone from the City of Miami (retiring as a major) to the military City of Havelock, N.C., where I served as their chief of police for a little over three years. More than one person commented that there must have been a very huge difference. I replied, “In the amount of calls, you would be correct. But that’s about it.” Those in the meetin... Full Article »