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Post-Shooting Tips to Ease the Aftermath

Oct 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

A shooting incident is extraordinarily tense in a multitude of ways. That tension doesn’t stop after the smoke clears. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help reduce trauma after an OIS. Watch the little things that can make a big difference. In Chuck Remsberg's book, Blood Lessons, an officer-involved in a major traumatic incident shared what he felt was the most supportive thing a fellow officer did for him after his incident a... Full Article »

Stay in Your Lane! It’s Not Your News to Break.

Oct 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Technology

Several years ago, Northern California law enforcement was rocked by horrific news when one of our police departments suffered the tragic loss of a sergeant who was shot and killed in the line of duty. As we see time and again across the country, news like this breaks on Twitter and other social media platforms first and is then carried by the mainstream media. It was no different for this case. Unfortunately, sometimes we in law enforcement a... Full Article »

When it Goes Down in the Dark, Are You Ready?

Oct 07, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

The majority of armed confrontations occur in low light conditions. Are you training for that reality? A presenter at a national training symposium appealed to trainers and rangemasters to ensure that their facilities are equipped for nighttime work and suggested that if necessary, they seek the use of alternative locations to be sure this training is possible. He went on to share how with just several extension cords, some low-cost clamp lights,... Full Article »

Using “Forward Vision” to Take Care of Our Own

Oct 04, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today

It was one of the worst feelings I’ve ever felt, decades ago, as a patrol officer. It was the day I realized, in an instant, that my patrol commander was not at all interested in my professional well-being. Instead, he was only concerned with satisfying an arbitrary citizen who made a spurious complaint against me. I was considered guilty by default and admonished without any due process. Adding insult to injury, I was subjected to additional r... Full Article »

Are your schools ready for an active shooter?

Oct 02, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

A down & dirty security assessment. One of my departmental responsibilities is to help prepare area schools for an active shooter event. Before my team and I teach prevention and response strategies at a school, we like to do a walk-through of the campus, in plain clothes, to assess the general level of security and preparedness of the facility and the staff. Here is what we look for. Ease of entry. How easy is it to enter the school... Full Article »

10 TIPS: For “Keeping it Together” After a Bad Call

Oct 01, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

(Originally Featured on PoliceOne) If your tendency is to clam up after a rough day and to completely avoid work talk, consider changing your ways. The news is never lacking for some seriously horrendous incidents, from chilling incidents of child abuse to people killing their family members before killing themselves, to officers being assaulted and murdered. It goes on and on. What’s the common denominator in all of these incidents? Cops... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: 6 New Honorees Join LEO Hall of Fame

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Calibre Press

Amid a mix of emotion, celebration, humility, and pride, six new inductees were recently ushered into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in lasting honor of their dedication to excellence in policing. A multi-state audience of more than 200 family, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement supporters witnessed the luncheon ceremony in a suburb of Toledo, OH, where the Hall of Fame was founded in 2017. The program was produced by ... Full Article »

Ferguson Has No Place in Our History – Or Our Museum.

Sep 27, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today

A reader speaks out. When a group of fellow law enforcement instructors and I got the chance to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, I was excited. This was a chance to take a walk through the history of our profession; a chance to view the stories and artifacts associated with our brothers and sisters who gave all they had—in some cases, their lives—to protect the public. After walking just a f... Full Article »

Are you Making the Worst Decision of Your Life?

Sep 25, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

As made crystal clear in Calibre’s Street Survival II book, one of the most critical cardinal rules of officer survival is to wear your vest. Sounds obvious, but it’s a fact: Some officers don’t wear them. The list of justifications is long - and dangerous. “It’s uncomfortable.” “It’s too hot.” “I ride a desk so I don’t need a vest.” “I’m the Chief/Sheriff/Captain/Lieutenant. I’m not on the street anymore.” “I’... Full Article »

12 Steps to Being the 5%

Sep 23, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

What is it to be a part of the 5%? It’s an exceptional officer who is committed to outstanding performance on the job…and in life. It’s an officer who is motivated, proactive and dedicated to peak performance through a steady regime of training and education. It’s an officer who constantly pursues professional and personal improvement and proudly stands as a representation of the ideal in law enforcement. It’s the kind of of... Full Article »

Here’s a Twist: Serve with Tough Skin but a Soft Heart

Sep 20, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training

It’s no secret that the relationship between citizens and police officers has soured over the last few decades. However, scenarios, where officers encounter confrontational citizens, are not new experiences. It’s just human nature and human nature is not always pleasant. I’m not making excuses for anyone but it’s a fact of our condition as humans and peace officers must embrace that. The interesting thing about human nature is that it ... Full Article »

“Assumed Realism” – What is it and what does it mean for law enforcement?

Sep 06, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training

When people watch critical police incidents on video, it is important to remember that they undergo the same perceptual processes as they would if they were experiencing the event directly. That is, they (1) take in what they see and hear; (2) compare that input against the databanks in their minds pertaining to what they know or believe about the world; and (3) form their interpretations of the experience. This, along with normal emotional react... Full Article »

Social Media Practices for Executive Staff

Sep 03, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership

The majority of police departments in the United States now have some sort of presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor; and that’s a good thing. When used correctly and effectively, departments big and small can successfully manage critical incidents by posting timely information and dispelling rumors. They can also build a narrative that negates national assumptions around why we elect to go into a profession that’s sole mis... Full Article »

Are You Ready?

Aug 26, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

Within the last month, we’ve experienced a mass shooting at a festival in California, another one at a Walmart in Texas, and yet another on a crowded street lined with busy bars in Ohio. We can discuss for days the issue of assault weapons or the steps we can take to put a halt to these incidents; I am certain we would have some good debates no matter where we stand on these issues. But I am not going down that road—at least not today. Rat... Full Article »

Off-Duty & Retired Cop Carry Considerations

Aug 23, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In the new training textbook, Street Survival II, published by Calibre Press, co-authors Chuck Remsberg, Lt. Dan Marcou and Lt. Jim Glennon share some important off-duty carry considerations for both active and retired officers. Here’s what they have to say: If you carry off duty, there are some critical realities to keep in mind. In most cases: - You don’t have a radio. - You don’t have immediate backup. - You’re not wearing ... Full Article »

Suicide By Cop: 15 warning signs that you might be involved

Aug 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

One of the worst nightmares in law enforcement is a "suicide by cop" situation. These highly pressurized, seemingly no-win incidents threaten you tactically, emotionally and should the shooting end up in court -- and it likely will -- possibly even legally and professionally. Dr. Barry Perrou, Psy.D, a former crisis negotiation team commander, is a leading expert on the suicide by cop phenomenon. He served as a contributor to a book, "Suicide ... Full Article »

What’s it really like to be married to a cop?

Aug 21, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Kelly DeVoll

By Kelly and Tia DeVoll When setting out to write about the subject of police marriage, we struggled with what we wanted to put on paper. Police marriage. What is it like to be married to a police officer? What is it like NOT to be married to a police officer? It’s the only marriage we have ever known, as we’ve both only been married once. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard, “I could never marry a police officer!” ... Full Article »

Racism: What Does it Really Mean?

Aug 19, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training

If you work in law enforcement, there’s a chance you’ve been told that you are racist. This battle cry is oftentimes baseless and is usually the result of someone being upset with an officer's perfectly reasonable words or actions. A well-founded accusation of racism is usually the kiss of death for a police officer's career. Law enforcement supervisors are especially shy about protecting officers accused of racial misconduct; the racist d... Full Article »

What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Aug 16, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

 9 Characteristics & Tips for Contact When I began my law enforcement career I had never heard of Autism. As new recruits, we never received any training regarding the condition or how to safely interact with individuals who have it. In the last two decades, Autism diagnosis have increased by nearly 300%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted studies on the prevalence of Autism using eight-year-old children bor... Full Article »

The Sequel: TV Cop Trivia, Past & Present

Aug 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

The feedback received from our readers on the two-part TV Cop Trivia piece that ran in May-June was quite positive. So, the folks at Calibre Press asked if I’d do a follow-up. Here is The Sequel. Again, go from memory. NOTE: The answers are now posted below in blue. 1. In the TV show, “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Chuck Norris plays Texas Ranger Cordell Walker. What is his TV rank? Cordell Walker is a Sergeant with the Texas Rangers, a divi... Full Article »