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Gun Violence: What Cops Have to Say

May 17, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Chief David Magnusson’s recent article, “How Do We Stop the Gun Violence” definitely struck a chord with our readers. We heard from officers from around the country who wanted to weigh in on the topic. Below are some of the responses we received.For more on the topic:Read a related article by Calibre Press’s Jim GlennonSomebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger: Enforcing current gun law would reduce deaths, but massive new gun cont... Full Article »

Cop Meets Racist Rant With Impressively Calm Professionalism

May 05, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Want to see the ultimate in professionalism? Watch this impressive officer calmly navigate his way through a traffic stop in the midst of a vitriolic barrage of racist, threatening accusations spewed by a woman stopped for a cell phone violation. Listen for her proud declaration that she’s a teacher after repeatedly addressing the officer as a “murdered.” Wow. If she’s really a teacher, weep for the future.A question for you. After yo... Full Article »

Opinions without foundation

Apr 27, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

The profession of law enforcement is facing unprecedented negative scrutiny. From my perspective as a retired officer and professional in the analysis of police-involved critical incidents, the most prominent issue is the propagation of opinions without foundation.  We have all read posted opinions regarding the actions of officers who are in the spotlight based on the outcome of events that have captured the media’s attention.  These... Full Article »

VIDEO: It’s a Matter of Time

Apr 21, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Of all the elements involved in force investigations, time is one of the most critical to understand and knowledgeably apply when judging an officers’ decisions and actions. It takes time to observe. It takes time to assess. It takes time to decide. It takes time to act. It takes time to react. It takes time to stopacting. Everything takes time and in pressurized, rapidly evolving force events, that time is often measured in milliseconds not mi... Full Article »

How Can You Mistake a Gun for a Taser?

Apr 19, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Recent events in Minnesota have driven many to question how it could at all be possible to mistake a gun for a Taser and to discharge that firearm while believing you are discharging a CED instead? In the following 10-minute video, Dr. Richard Hough, a highly experienced use of force expert from the University of West Florida, explains the human factors issues and scientific research that play a role in understanding how that can occur.  Her... Full Article »

Ambush Survival: Increasing Officer Safety

Mar 30, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Engaging in an armed confrontation poses extreme challenges and being forced to suddenly defend yourself from an ambush attack while seated in your vehicle offers a myriad of complications on top of that. Although lower in frequency, the number of law enforcement officers ambushed while in their vehicle is on the rise. This unique situation has never been studied before on its own.We are Advanced Force Science® Specialists and are currently ... Full Article »

“I saw bravery drive past me yesterday…” In memory of Officer Eric Talley

Mar 25, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

The following was written by a Boulder, CO resident named Jodi. It was sent in the wake of the active shooter tragedy there this past Monday, March 22 that left 10 innocent people dead, including Officer Eric Talley who was the first officer on the scene. You’ll hear about her connection to Officer Talley as you read on.Jodi sent this note to a close friend, Sally, who is also very close with us here at Calibre Press. When Sally asked Jodi ... Full Article »

Decision Making in Seconds: Every Force Event is Unique

Mar 23, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Calibre Press has uploaded two short videos of officers discharging their firearms in the direction of human beings. The circumstances were very different in so many ways, but each involved making the decision to use deadly force and then actually doing so. This is the most serious of all the decisions officers have to make during their careers.The videos shown below, as with most of the videos we post for your convenience on our YouTube Chan... Full Article »

Dear IL Governor: Thanks for sending us your excellent officers.

Feb 19, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Calibre Press instructor Chief Ed Delmore and sent to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in response to the Illinois General Assembly passing HB 3653. For a summary of the elements of the Bill you can read this statement from the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association.CHIEF DELMORE'S LETTER:February 19, 2021To: Honorable J. B. Pritzker, Office of the Governor, 207 State ... Full Article »

NEVER Underestimate the Risk of This Search Warrant

Feb 16, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

As I read the details of the two FBI agents killed in Sunrise, Florida on February 2, 2021, I reflected on two similar situations from the area where I first worked as a Police Officer.  On June 13, 2017, A Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Officer was shot multiple times while serving a search warrant for distribution of child pornography on electronic devices. He survived his injuries.On January 18, 2014, Detectives with the Chesapea... Full Article »

Fighting FOR vs. Fighting AGAINST

Feb 10, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Editor’s note: The following was written by iconic national trainer and longtime Calibre Press friend, Brian Willis, and shared in his Winning Mind newsletter. We strongly encourage you to sign up for that publication and to check out Brian’s excellent training offerings at www.winningmind.com.From Brian:In today’s world we see lots of people fighting. Some are fighting for a cause or for a specific change, and others are fighting a... Full Article »

Five!! Four!! Three…!! Sometimes Deescalation Is Out of the Question.

Feb 08, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

It’s a cold reality—one that many frustratingly refuse to accept—that there are some situations that simply cannot be deescalated, even in the face of impressive, potentially perilous efforts by police to reach that goal.Case in point: An encounter about a month ago between Phoenix officers and a 30-year-old man named Jordan Crawford.Just before 9pm one night, Crawford appeared on his ex-girlfriend’s apartment patio, prompting her... Full Article »

5 Smart Money Moves for Cops

Feb 02, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Cops have enough to stress about. We certainly don’t need to list examples, but if money is one of them—and if you’re like most, it probably is—a new Calibre course, Financial Planning for Law Enforcement, is here to help.The program, which premiered two weeks ago, was created and is instructed by Tim Glennon, an experienced financial planner and investment advisor representative who designed the class with the nuances of police work ... Full Article »

When it Comes to Running Drugs, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Feb 02, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

A California officer learned first-hand that what that title says is true.While patrolling a major highway, he noticed a newer model white Ford Thunderbird weaving on to the shoulder. When he stopped the car and made a passenger-side approach, he saw an elderly man who looked to be in poor health in the passenger seat and an elderly woman at the wheel.“This was a real ma-and-pa type couple,” the officer observed. “They looked like y... Full Article »

Are You Headed for Burnout?

Jan 27, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Some years ago, a non-profit group called My Officer Needs Assistance published a “Job Stress/Burnout Questionnaire” designed to help guide officers to an understanding of their level of stress, the impact it may be having on your life and your potential for experiencing pending—or existing—issues related to burnout. Their potentially life-saving mission is obviously just as important today as it was then.Here are the questions that w... Full Article »

Tactical Refresher: The “Contact/Cover Street Interview”

Jan 25, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

In Calibre Press’s Street Survival II: Tactics for Armed Encounters—the enhanced and expanded follow-up to the original Street Survival book—authors Charles Remsberg, Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) and Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.) cover an extraordinary universe of topics; from officer safety & survival concepts to cuffing techniques to building entry to firearms to resiliency and mental preparation. You name it, it’s in there!In addition to sha... Full Article »

Localism in Law Enforcement: Creating Conversation in Your Communities

Jan 21, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, local law enforcement leaders began re-examining ways in which to connect with their communities to hyper focus on how issues in the national narrative were impacting their cities locally. Each community has its own set of individual needs, nuances, and personalities, which police chiefs know very well. These idiosyncrasies are what make each community so unique, and it is why so many choose to l... Full Article »

More Tips To Improve Your Effectiveness as a Witness

Jan 18, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

In the first installment of this special series, we shared four tips from a former state and federal prosecutor for improving your effectiveness in court when called as a witness:1. Speak clearly and plainly.2. Describe rather than conclude.3. When being questioned, look at the examiner. When answering, look at the jury.4. Don’t hesitate to have a question rephrased or clarified.Here are five more to conclude the series:... Full Article »

In remembrance…

Jan 18, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

...and with respect.... Full Article »

Dark Days Ahead for Law Enforcement

Jan 13, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Dark days lie ahead for law enforcement. LE will continue to be blamed for society’s ills and mistakes. Why? Because LE is the arm of government that is out on the streets interfacing with the public on a daily basis. No other government agency has that task or, more importantly, that duty.LE will continue to be criticized. Officers will be thrown under the bus and prosecuted for performing their lawful duties. The Capitol police will be sc... Full Article »