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Cop Think: Get Your Mind Right About Wellness

Jan 09, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

When I apologized to my barber for being too cynical, he replied, “That’s okay, I think you know too much.” Society asks police officers to approach or confront strangers on its behalf. This is what patrol officers do for a living. Many of these strangers are not society’s success stories. What these strangers hide in their pockets, their waistbands, their minds—all is unknown to the officer. What will happen when an officer closes the... Full Article »

Finding Fault in ‘Default’

Jan 04, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In his book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant shares the results of a research project that studied what factors encourage customer service agents to stay in their jobs longer than others. 30,000 employees were surveyed regarding what factors made them happier at work. While sorting through the data researchers looked at what internet browsers these employees used to apply for their curre... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

What’s in Your Cup?  

Dec 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Nothing beats a good cup of coffee at the station, sharing stories with the members of your department during shift change.  But the other day I read an anecdote on social media that made me think a little more deeply about this tradition.   You’re holding your cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee? “Well, because someone b... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Knocks Out Noncompliant Suspect with a Punch

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

The Record-Journal reports:  Police Chief William Wright said the handcuffed man that Officer Joseph Smith knocked out with a punch earlier this year had pulled a knife on one officer and headbutted another during the incident. Smith served a two-week suspension last month for excessive use of force after he struck a handcuffed Gary Joseph King in the head while responding to a domestic violence call on Ward Street on June 14. The... Full Article »

I’m Coming Home

Dec 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Rajib Bhattacharjee

“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.”--Tim Kennedy Throughout a multitude of law enforcement training courses that I’ve taken in my career has been a consistent message that the most important mission objective of a LEO is to come home at the end of your shift. Setting aside any philosophical or doctrinal disagreements that you may have with this goa... Full Article »

A December to Remember

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

Based on the response received from our Calibre readers my recent column “September: A Month to Remember” article, I decided to plop my butt down, do a little research, and author a piece for December. Here, in chronological order by year, are a few interesting factoids regarding our profession during the month of December.  Unfortunately, this piece, unlike the September article, doesn’t have a whole lot of positives. That wasn... Full Article »

TargetSolutions Partners with Calibre Press

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Press Contact TargetSolutions Rich Miron 858.376.1638 [email protected]   Partnership Is an Exciting Development for Law Enforcement Agencies Looking to Improve and Streamline Training Delivery SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, and Calibre Press, known for its educational law enforcement training cont... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Straining The Line

Dec 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The thin blue line is strained. The strain is getting worse by the day. But what if the thin blue line breaks? What I mean by this is: Where will society be when no one wants to do the job anymore? Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing increasing shortages due to retirements, transfers, and a major decrease in applicants trying to get into the academy. The retiring generation often bought into the job at a time when major narco... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Shoots into Fleeing Car

Dec 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Jim Glennon

[Note: These videos are provided here for law enforcement reference viewing only and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer's own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment responding to such live scenarios.] In December 2013, Chicago police officer Marco Proano, 42, fired 16 shots at a stolen car filled with several... Full Article »

To Serve & Protect

Dec 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

“Not all men are created equal, but only the finest become police officers.” This anonymous quote is embroidered in thick, black letters on an oval shaped slab of concrete resting in the center of my backyard garden. My hero may not have a cape or a mask, but he does have a badge. My dad, Officer Wierenga, is my Michigan hero. My dad is a police officer, if you haven't figured that out yet. Everyday he is a hero. It's his job. Everyday, as s... Full Article »

Remembering the City as It Was

Nov 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well.  As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »

Tactical Paraphrasing

Nov 30, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

‘Active Listening’ dominates discourse on ‘deescalation,’ at least as far as classes and training seminars go. As for using it in the field, however, that’s another story. The Problem You are in a situation where you are trying to calm down an agitated individual. In classic form of active listening, the officer is told to use stilted language like: “What I hear you saying is …” or “What you are sharing with me is …” The ... Full Article »

Street Survival II: Chapter 13 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

“You have to be ready for when the day chooses you!” St. Paul, MN Officer Brian Wanschura One night in California, two officers on stakeout were sitting in their patrol car chatting quietly to while-away the dragging hours. In the darkness, a man silently crept up from behind, leveled a .30 cal. carbine at their back window, and carefully drew a bead on one officer's head. Without a word, he racked a round into the chamber and pulled the ... Full Article »

Street Survival, Now

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

About the Street Survival Update The primary author of the original Street Survival, Tactics for Armed Encounters, published in 1980, was Chuck Remsberg.  At that time, he had no idea that he was writing perhaps the best selling law enforcement book of all time.  Nor did he have any idea that he was also creating a movement. In the first edition of Street Survival, Chuck brought together stories, tactics, and techniques from officers from all... Full Article »

Street Survival II: Chapter 12 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Q: “In the vast majority of cases, before people attack, what do they do? A: “They tell you.” Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar Human Behavior Specialists If dealing with people is what we law enforcement officers do, then when it comes to that topic we need to become the world’s foremost experts. In our Calibre Press Communication Solutions for 21st Century Policing seminars, one of the first things we do is immediately articu... Full Article »

Street Suvival II: Chapter 1 Excerpt

Nov 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

“To prepare for what will happen, look to what has happened.”  Gordon Graham History’s Lessons The primary circumstances in which criminals take on officers in gunfights have varied little throughout history. An early example of a police officer being killed in the line of duty was recorded in New York City in 1854. During the incident, a baker interrupted two “juvenile delinquents” burglarizing his establishment. The official rep... Full Article »

A Conversation with My Daughter

Nov 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

On Monday afternoon one of my daughters, Kara, called me. There was a sense of urgency as well as desperation in her voice. “Do you see what’s going on at Mercy Hospital?” Mercy is a southside Chicago general medical center chartered as the first hospital in the city, I’ve learned in the last few days, in 1852. “Some asshole just shot a doctor and a cop!” With that I flipped on the television and there it was all over the local news... Full Article »

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Vol. 4

Nov 16, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Rebecca Neusteter & Megan O'Toole

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] Shift-Type and De-Escalation A simulated research experiment reveals that day-shift officers resolve situations more collaboratively and a... Full Article »