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Are Today’s Officers Ready for a Fight?

Dec 04, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

Calibre readers weigh in. Last week, Calibre Press columnist Shane McSheehy’s article, Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face? questioned whether today’s younger officers are really prepared for a fight. The query is one Shane actually uses in his training. “It’s a fairly straight forward question I ask each recruit I instruct during day one of his or her academy defensive tactics block,” Shane says. “Normally, and oftentimes predict... Full Article »

Cop Safety in Restaurants

Dec 02, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Search the news and you’re guaranteed to find reports of officers being targeted for attack – either through physical assault or food tampering – while eating in or ordering from a public restaurant, fast food or otherwise. If this isn’t a scenario you consider and train for, it’s time to start. Here are some officer safety tips to keep in mind when eating in or ordering from a public restaurant: 1. Look, smell & poke. Take a ... Full Article »

Victim of a Crime? What’s YOUR First Move?

Nov 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Technology
By David Magnusson

I’m going to share a pet peeve of mine regarding policing. It affects every agency, regardless of size, and every rank. In fact, I bet once you read this, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement. It’s not an incredibly dire situation. There is no substantial danger involved. Still, it riles the heck out of me and it has for some time. I bet you are no different. There’s a race…and it’s “post time” This might indicate th... Full Article »

Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face?

Nov 27, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shane S. McSheehy

The day will come when it just doesn’t matter. The suspect has nothing to lose and simply does not care. He is not daunted by your position of authority. He does not fear your physical size. He is not concerned about your gender type. He could care less about your race, sexual preference, or who you may have voted for in the last election. The suspect does not only want to escape- he intends on physically assaulting you with all of his might an... Full Article »

7 Ways You Can Help Families of Fallen Officers

Nov 25, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

The loss of an officer in the line of duty has a deeply painful impact on the department, the community and ultimately, the nation. But the most painful blow is dealt to the officer’s family, whose worst nightmares are suddenly realized. The lurking fear that the “goodbye” said before a shift might be the last has suddenly become an unimaginable reality. It now falls to those left behind to serve and protect that family. Here are a few t... Full Article »

News Media Mind Manipulation

Nov 22, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Technology
By Barbara A. Schwartz

If you knew that the news media was manipulating your mind, would that concern you? It should. And they are. The news media decides what to report, and - more importantly - how to report it. The media controls what the public sees, hears, and ultimately believes. This should concern every police officer in every department. When viewers repeatedly see and hear on the news that cops are shooting unarmed African American males, the subc... Full Article »

Family Safety Tips for Off-Duty Encounters

Nov 20, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we’ll mention below, avoiding off-duty engagements when possible is always the safest option for you and your family when you’re out together. However, if you must get involved in a serious situation, is your family ready to react appropriately? Here are a few tips to think about: 1. Have an “alert” code word or phrase. This is something you say—preferably out-of-the-ordinary and not something that would necessarily alert or alarm... Full Article »

Cops Are Dressing Down. Is That OK?

Nov 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Officers nationwide weigh in… In his recent article, “Is your uniform putting you at risk?” Calibre columnist Dave Grossi shared concerns about a trend of moving away from “traditional” uniforms in favor of more relaxed versions. Officers from across the country quickly responded and the majority agreed with his concerns. Here is a small sample of what some fellow officers shared:   Sgt. Damon Greathouse with Lancaster ... Full Article »

The Actual Systemic Failings in Law Enforcement

Nov 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

If there are any true systemic issues within law enforcement—common, institutional troubles that transcend the 17,000+ completely separate law enforcement agencies—and if it’s even possible to have collective and universal negative commonalities permeating the core of every police organization in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—then they’re not what is regularly pushed by the media. It’s not pervasive racism. It’s n... Full Article »

Is Your “Uniform” Putting You at Risk?

Nov 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

No doubt this piece is going to tick off a few cops.  I’ve noticed a trend over the past few years for officers to “dress down” while on duty. I’m not talking about a few cops going rogue, but a formal policy of abandoning traditional police monochromatic uniforms for polo-type shirts, tan tactical pants and sneaker-type footwear as on-duty street uniforms. I recently traveled up to the great northeast to attend a formal evening polic... Full Article »

How to Stay Awake on Duty, Then Get Some Sleep

Nov 04, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

As we mentioned in our earlier article, These Can Kill Cops, lack of sleep and reduced alertness can pose a serious threat to you. One of the usual suspects that contribute to cop drowsiness are shift changes. They’re inevitable, challenging and can, if not appropriately handled, be dangerous. With that, here are some tips for staying alert on duty and then getting sleep after a shift change. To stay alert on patrol: Expose yourself to... Full Article »

A hero cop’s dark trip to the brink…& his desperate scramble back

in Law Enforcement Today & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

Looking back over a 20-year police career that came close to claiming his life, Anthony Espada recalls a moment in his academy training that puzzled him at the time. “Half of you are here because you want to do good,” the department’s psychologist told his class. “Half of you are here just for the badge and the gun and the paycheck. “All of you will never be the same again because of this job.” “It was like a slap in the fa... Full Article »

These Can Kill Cops

Oct 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

1. Lack of focus. If you fail to stay alert and keep your mind on the job while on patrol or you carry distracting “home” issues with you into the field you’re more susceptible to making errors. Potentially fatal ones. Keep your head in the game. 2. Tombstone courage. Danger is part of the job, but unnecessarily going it alone and putting yourself in increased jeopardy is foolish if that can be avoided. If you’re in a high-risk situati... Full Article »

15 Ways Investigators Can Help Traumatized Officers

Oct 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Being involved in an officer-involved shooting or another major force event can obviously have a psychological impact on the officers involved. Good investigators know that and accommodate for it. Effectively dealing with the emotional consequences of a critical incident can help reach two critical investigatory goals: 1. Maximize the accuracy of the investigation. 2. Minimize further traumatization to the officers and their families. Ev... Full Article »

Police Quotes & Points to Ponder

Oct 25, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

At the end of this week, we thought we would share a few quotes and random thoughts you might enjoy. Feel free to share or even post in your roll call room. From the book, The Heroes Who Give It All “The public can choose when they take a call, but when you’re a cop you gotta take ‘em all.” “Coming home for a citizen is comfort. Coming home for a police officer is success.” “No citizen worries about crime as much as an o... Full Article »

Insider Advice for Reporters Covering Active Shooters, Hostage Takers, Etc.

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

As intense critical incidents play out you can bet cameras will be rolling, social media will be exploding and reporters will be swarming. Think back and it’s a safe bet you can remember a time when you watched - in real-time - terrified people, maybe even young students, streaming out of a building while tactical teams maneuvered to engage an active shooter. In essence, the pool of viewers, which could include the suspects themselves if they h... Full Article »

How to Spot Armed Suspects

Oct 21, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Most officers who get shot are caught by surprise – but does that have to be? If you know how to read subtle cues that indicate concealed carry, you may be able to anticipate that you’re dealing with an armed subject and gain a preventive edge of timing and positioning? Sgt. Jeffrey Kleinsmith, the US Secret Service uniformed division, shared techniques used by agents who protect the president to spot gun-toters before they strike. “This... Full Article »

Is Your Departmental Culture Changing?

Oct 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By Officer Art Carlos

Tap into your “Patrol Cipher.” Agency mission statements are typically straight forward and stay the same over time. It doesn’t take an interpreter to help someone understand what they’re saying. Agency cultures, on the other hand, aren’t that stable. They’re fluid, harder to define and always subject to change. As eager younger officers enter the picture, bringing with them their own beliefs about what being an officer means and how... Full Article »

Cops Face Challenges – It’s What They Do

Oct 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Scott Buhrmaster

Back in 2008, on the milestone of my being involved in the law enforcement training community for 20 years, I was asked to craft a retrospective for one of the leading national police publications. Interestingly, as I now stand at my 30th year of having the honor of working with and for officers like you, I just happened to stumble on that piece. After reading it, 10 years later, it struck me that time hasn’t changed a thing as far as what I... Full Article »

10 Tips: Opportunities to Make Your Officers Look Good

Oct 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we all know, the media is full of stories that cast a negative light on law enforcement agencies and officers. There seems to be no lack of information that can be used to that end. One thing to consider, however, is whether you’re taking proactive steps to help turn the lens toward a more positive view. Are you regularly feeding media outlets stories that hail positive police work, spotlight efforts to improve professional policing abilitie... Full Article »