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Child Advocacy Centers Lessen the Chances of Further Traumatizing Children.

Sep 21, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

It was 1996 and I was a young investigator working a child sexual abuse case. Once again, I found myself in a room in a social worker’s office with a Child Protective Services investigator talking with a frightened five-year-old little girl. This time the “conversation” was about what her mom’s ex-boyfriend had done to her. I had no children at the time and was armed with training from an Interview and Interrogations class, Interviewing V... Full Article »

Don’t Get Too Focused on the Lion Outside the Cave

Sep 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

I haven’t written an article about police work in a while. It’s been a tough year for the profession. I try my best not to gripe and complain, and there are already people out there stating our case far more eloquently than I can. The reason I am writing this now is because I had something of a revelation recently, and I thought it might help at least a few of my brothers and sisters out there who are struggling like I am.The ProblemT... Full Article »

More Clues That May Red Flag Lies: Part 2 of a Calibre Series on Deception

Sep 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

In the first installment of this series we shared the first eight of 16 words & phrases that can help you spot attempts at deception during interviews. Here are the other eight…9. Non-reflective denial of knowledge.Phrases to watch for that are given without pause: I don’t remember. I can’t seem to recall at this time. Not to my knowledge. I guess not. I doubt it. Not that I can remember. I’m just going off what I remember at ... Full Article »

Are You Being Lied To? 16 Clues to Listen For.

Sep 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-Part SeriesYou’ve all been lied to. It’s part of the business. Many times, your experience and gut instinct help you sense when a subject is trying to pull one over on you and you can nip a lie in the bud. But how many times have you been lied to and didn’t know it?During a presentation on detecting deception, a retired Maryland State Police investigator and interviewing and interrogation expert shared a list of 16 “... Full Article »

Gang Threat to Shoot Cops Sparks Tactical Reminders

Sep 01, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

The FBI has alerted Chicago-area law enforcement to a threat issued by street gangs who have “formed a pact” to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public.”According to reports, the FBI warning cites more than 30 involved gangs whose members, officials say, have been actively surveilling officers as they work, supposedly to film an officer pointing a firearm at a subject and subsequently being shot by obs... Full Article »

“Seasons Change” – A Poem From an Lt.’s Daughter

Aug 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

[Editor’s note: Lt. David Haynes with the Michigan State Police shared an excellent poem his talented 13-year-old daughter, Annika, wrote with--no prodding or assistance. In it she shares the thoughts of a child dreaming of the day they can become a police officer. “I was extremely impressed, blown away in fact, by her writing skills and her level of observation and attention to detail,” her Dad told Calibre. “Many of the images she share... Full Article »

“We need the police. We need hope.”

Aug 19, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

I’m the son of a cop. My dad was the son of a cop. And, yes, my dad’s dad was also the son of a cop. They all served the city of Evansville, Indiana.In 2011, I eagerly became a police officer in Evansville myself.My father is still on the job. He’s in his 29th year. My grandfather served for 39 years, and my great grandfather for 23. My family has been serving Evansville continuously since 1943.I grew up knowing exactly what a c... Full Article »

5 Tips From a Judge for Better Courtroom Results

Aug 17, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

In an interview with trainer Pat McCarthy, a seasoned judge whose heard thousands of officers testify, shared some tips from the bench that can help you in court. Here's his sage advice:1. Remember, you’re not an extra prosecutorThe judge points out that seasoned officers with years of courtroom experience can be particularly susceptible to trying to “help” cases by angling their answers in a manner they believe will aid the prosecu... Full Article »

“Look how bad he’s hit!” Don’t Contribute to an Injured Officer’s Trauma.

Aug 12, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

During an iconic study into assaults on police officers, FBI researchers focused on 52 municipal, county, state and federal officers who survived shootings and other serious attacks. Not surprisingly, they found that it’s often difficult for the injured officers to keep focused on a positive outcome. Somewhat surprisingly, though, they found that the people who are supposed to be helping them sometimes unwittingly sabotage their determination t... Full Article »

“One Badge, One Brain, One Life.” New Book Provides Emotional & Psychological Support for Officers

Aug 07, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Things are harsh right now, in many ways, for my brothers and sisters who wear the badge. Not only do we see the physical attacks that seem to keep escalating against our profession, but the verbal and legal attacks as well. This is not a piece on wearing your body armor or training your physical skills to stay safe and be protected. It is, however, going to be about safety. I want you safe, I want you happy and I want you healthy. You need to we... Full Article »

10 Tips for Building Strong Post-Event Press Releases

Jul 31, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

After an officer-involved shooting or other major police event, one of the most critical elements of departmental response is a press release from the agency. Some departments have the budget and manpower to assign specially trained personnel to handle this kind of thing exclusively. However, given the fact that the majority of agencies are small, it’s more likely that’s not the case.It’s important for key players in your agency who may... Full Article »

Taking the Bite Out of K-9 Related Lawsuits

Jul 29, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Police K-9s can be one of the most effective tools made available to law enforcement. Often, they’re used in response to dangerous situations that, without their assistance, may have required additional force to resolve. When a K-9 is used, however, it’s nearly inevitable that after the dog bites a suspect, a lawsuit focused on the resulting injury will follow.In her book Police Dog Tactics, leading police dog trainer Sandy Bryson shared ... Full Article »

13 Steps to Safer Force-on Force Training

Jul 27, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

You’ve heard it again and again, but it bears repeating: Consistent participation in realistic training is perhaps the most critical element in developing peak performance and maintaining safe, effective officers.In Calibre Press’s popular textbook, Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Encounters, national trainer Ken Murray, an original co-founder of Simunitions and a tireless advocate for reality-based training, shares 13 steps traine... Full Article »

Tactical Reminders from a Drug Raid

Jul 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

A Midwest drug raid confirmed the wisdom of the adage, “Look before you touch” and surfaced a couple of hidden dangers that serve as reminders to stay alert for dangers from above and below when searching a home or other location. Here’s what happened:Serving a search warrant at the home of a repeat offender suspected of dealing prescription drugs, officers initially encountered a rather conventionally barricaded front door. A metal pol... Full Article »

Keep Your Tactical Edge in Low Light Situations

Jul 22, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Stats show that the vast majority of officer-involved shootings occur in low light conditions.With that, it’s critical to remember that healthy night vision is one of the most important tools you can have in situations like that. Being able to quickly and clearly make out objects in darkened surroundings can make the difference between staying safe and being injured or killed.In interviews with Calibre Press, several nationally respecte... Full Article »

CalibrePLUS Online Training Division

Jul 01, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Calibre Press has launched a new online training division, CalibrePLUS Our courses are delivered online, via Webex© which allows for an interactive experience between instructor and participants.Want access to one of these programs for your entire agency? RENTAL OPTIONS: Calibre is now offering the opportunity for agencies to rent a professional recording of our 2-3 hour courses.  Each course below offers information on how to take advant... Full Article »

10,000 Officers Respond to Policing Poll: Only 7% would recommend becoming an officer

Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

When Calibre Press asked officers across the country to share their thoughts on the state and future of the police profession, the response was overwhelming. Here’s what we found:The Participants.Time on the job: Of the more than 10,000 officers who participated in the poll, 44.5% have been on the job for more than 20 years, 28.9% for between 13-20 years, 18.7% for between 6-12 years and the remaining 7.9% for 5 years or less.... Full Article »

What’s the state & future of policing? Take the Calibre poll and share your thoughts.

Jun 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

[Update: More than 7,000 officers have responded in just the first day. Be sure to share your thoughts!]We're conducting a short 7-question survey asking officers around the country how they see the current state of law enforcement and what they see in the future for the profession and their own careers.The questions should take about 30 seconds to answer and the results will be shared nationwide. Please take a few seconds and give us you... Full Article »

Watch for Open Doors

Jun 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

I recently had the opportunity to work two peaceful and productive organized protest events in Wichita Falls, Texas. I was on the ground with the crowds at each event and listened to several speakers. One of the speakers in the first event expressed a frustration that the previous speakers were not angry enough. He stated that he understood that not all police officers are bad and there are good officers. Then he said loudly, “However!”Ba... Full Article »

Implicit Bias Training

Jun 10, 2020 in Calibre Plus
By: Calibre Press

30-Day Agency Rental ProgramAn online training program produced and provided by CalibrePLUSIn response to the heavy national demand, Calibre Press is offering this highly popular program on a one-month rental basis, available for agency purchase.How does it work?Departments that rent CalibrePLUS Implicit Bias course will be given a protected Website address and an associated password that can be shared with all officers ... Full Article »