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Time for Introspection

Nov 03, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

It is good—no, let me rephrase that—it’s quite necessary for me to look in the mirror and carefully, honestly, and methodically self-assess what I am about. As a law enforcement professional, my self-assessment deals with my actions, as well as those of my brother and sisters who put on the uniform, pin on the badge, and walk out their homes every morning, afternoon, and night protecting the citizenry. Why the Need Now? I recently retired... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Domestic Violence Suspect Shoots Self in Front of Police Station

Oct 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Eastsider Reports: A man accused of domestic violence fatally shot himself in front of the LAPD Rampart police station on Saturday afternoon, police said. The incident happened at about 3 p.m. when the suspect followed his girlfriend to the station in the 1400 block of 6th Street in the Westlake District where she was reporting a domestic violence incident, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz with the LAPD Rampart Division. The man was waiting outside... Full Article »

Even Cops Get Depressed

Oct 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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I was a police officer for 30 years, I’ve taught Criminal Justice for 14 years, and I’ve dealt with Major Depression Disorder for 20 years. The purpose of this article is to describe my experience with Major Depression, which may assist police officers who are experiencing symptoms of depression or know someone with depression. What Happened As Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I loved my wif... Full Article »

VIDEO: San Jose Police Shoot Man with Hachet

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

San Jose, Calif. On Jan. 9, 2018, 27-yr-old Thompson Nguyen drove to the Metcalf Energy Center armed with two hatchets, pipes, knives, nun chucks, a GoPro camera, and a sword. Two veteran San Jose police officers lawfully shot and killed, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. During the confrontation the 27-year-old repeatedly asked officers to shoot him. The officers only fired after their dees... Full Article »

Picking up Shattered Glass

Oct 29, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

From affluent neighborhoods and upscale retail areas, to dilapidated apartment complexes and forgotten dead-ends, a city’s police department is obligated to serve the needs of all. How communities perceive their police departments can vary significantly. At its simplest level, some may only look to their police for emergencies, to be there if needed. For others, a police department may be seen as invested fellow neighbors, who are called to tak... Full Article »

VIDEO: Cuffed Suspect Steals Cruiser

Oct 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The March 30, 2018, incident began after police placed 36-year-old Angie Frost into handcuffs while driving a stolen vehicle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Police put Frost in the passenger seat of a cruiser, as it did not have a rear cage. While police discussed the case outside, Frost slipped her cuffs inside. As she begins to make noise, one officer asks, “What is she doing?” A second officer responds, “Trying to steal you... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Barriers to Harmony & Enthusiasm

Oct 26, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Shawn Perron

What’s the current temperature at your precinct or station house? How is morale or group energy among shifts or precincts where you work? Why do these questions matter? Simply because these things highly affect our performance and our willingness or ability to work together as a team. Because we all SHOULD be concerned with identifying those specific things which can often distract our attention, our awareness. Anything that will diminish,... Full Article »

Crash Reconstruction & Drones: The Gateway Drug

Oct 23, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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If you were a child of the '80s and grew up during the "War on Drugs" era of Nancy Reagan "Just say no" slogans and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs spreading through schools in the U.S., then you’re no stranger to what a gateway drug is. In case you aren’t familiar with the definition of a gateway drug I will save you the Google search: It’s a habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of ot... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot? Part II

Oct 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last week I addressed the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and the absolute need to use unbiased critical thinking when analyzing the event. I specifically wrote about the default and immediate characterization of any perceived wrong by a police officer as an abuse of power because of one, or all, of the following reasons: Racism (individual and/or systemic) A callous, remorseless, violent and cruel poli... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Suspect Pulls Gun on Deputies

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

As reported by ClickOrlando.com:  A man who grabbed a loaded gun during a traffic stop told a deputy that he was "just trying to get away," body camera video provided by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office shows. Deputy Devin LaFoucade pulled the unidentified man over Sunday night. It's unclear what prompted the initial traffic stop. When LaFoucade asks the man to step out of the car, the man admits that he has a bag of marijuana on him,... Full Article »

VIDEO: Man Fatally Shot after Crashing Vehicle, Shooting on Police

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

As reported by the UnionLeader.com: Officials at the Attorney General’s Office have concluded police used reasonable force when they shot and killed a man after a high-speed chase in Rochester this summer. Douglas Heath, 38, was shot up to 15 times after he pulled a stolen semiautomatic pistol on police and began firing the afternoon of Aug. 20. On Thursday afternoon, Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley went through an hour-long... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot?

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

Last week Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the fatal shooting of knife wielding Laquan McDonald. The 16 counts were related to every bullet the officer fired at the man. All rounds came out of his service weapon in two bursts of gunfire, the second of which occurred while the teenager was lying on the ground. Van Dyke faces a minimum 10 years in prison. Living... Full Article »

Leadership Without Title

Oct 09, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Leadership is a vital component to any given organization and it can be argued that leadership or the lack thereof can lead to the success or demise of an organization. Throughout the years in my law enforcement career I have noticed a couple of key takeaways about leadership. One thing that’s become evident to me is that not everyone understands the true meaning of leadership. There are many who believe that leaders have to possess a title i... Full Article »

BODYCAM : Seattle Police Respond to a “Swatting” Call, Create PSA

Oct 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by Komonews.com: Seattle police are grappling with a new and potentially dangerous kind of prank called 'swatting.' That's where the prankster calls 9-1-1 on a friend or unsuspecting enemy and reports a fake crime like hostage situations, shootings or other acts of violence. The idea is to scare the intended victim by sending police to their home, sometimes with weapons drawn. A Wichita, Kansas man was killed last year in a 'swattin... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Shootout in Baltimore

Oct 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As the Baltimore Sun has reported:  A Baltimore man fired 10 rounds at two city police officers before he was killed in a shootout last month, police said Monday. The Baltimore Police Department unveiled new details surrounding the police-involved shooting Monday afternoon at a news conference, where interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and police spokesman T.J. Smith showed body-camera footage from the shooting and discussed the officers... Full Article »

The Myth of Pain Compliance

Oct 02, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Almost 20 years ago, I attended a conference and listened to law enforcement trainer Phil Messina talk about the problems of using pain compliance to stop a violent attacker. This was well before I went into law enforcement myself, and, at the time, I scratched my head and wondered why he was spending so much of the limited class time to make an argument that seemed self-evident. After all, the act of attacking someone is inherently painful. If s... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Man Fatally Shot After Pointing Gun at Deputies

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by www.KDVR.com:  Video released by the Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's Office shows a man opening a car door and pointing a handgun at deputies during an Aug. 31 incident. All three deputies on the scene shot and killed the man. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock released the video and images during a news conference on Monday. Spurlock said deputies pulled over the vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 85 just north ... Full Article »

Street Survival II: The Legacy Continues

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Crawford Coates

There would be no Calibre Press without Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters. Printed in March of 1980, the book was written by Special Agent Ronald J. Adams, Lt. Thomas M. McTernan, and Charles Remsberg—an instant classic. [caption id="attachment_11473" align="alignright" width="178"] The legacy continues: Available today![/caption] “When you look at line-of-duty deaths over time,” says Dale Stockton, a retired Carlsbad (Cal... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shot During Deadly Shootout with Robbery Suspect

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by KDVR.com:  DENVER -- A police officer was justified in shooting a man suspected of robbing a Capitol Hill convenience store at gunpoint and will not face charges, the Denver District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Body camera video of the shooting was released by prosecutors. According to District Attorney Beth McCann's decision letter, an employee ran outside and flagged down two Denver police officers on June 13 when Ca... Full Article »

Making Criticism Constructive

Sep 20, 2018 in Education & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Police officers are typically a straightforward, direct bunch. They’ll tell you when they think you’re doing something wrong, or when you could be doing it better. And mostly that’s good—we can’t afford to be dancing around one another’s feelings when we’re  in a foot pursuit or working to keep an unruly crowd in control. What we so freely dish out, however, we first responders aren't always so good at accepting. Being at the rece... Full Article »