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Deadly Reminders of Survival Commandments

Jan 19, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Calibre Press

One of the critical officer survival commandments we discuss in the nearly 400 pages of our book Street Survival II (available through our Web site and Amazon) is the fact that just because a suspect is down—for whatever reason—and appears to be incapacitated, ready to surrender or die, you should not relax. At that point you’re entering one of the two most dangerous phases of any encounter; the approach and the arrest. Even in situation... Full Article »

Cops Helping Cops After Trauma

Jan 15, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By: Calibre Press

In an earlier Calibre Press article we shared tips on ways investigators can help, not further harm, traumatized officers after a force event (see below for a link to that piece). In light of the popularity of that article, we’re now going to share tips for any officer on how to help support a fellow officer after a traumatic event. Note: Remember that although a shooting ranks among the most traumatizing, there are scores of other experienc... Full Article »

5 Tips for Testifying After a Shooting

Jan 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By: Calibre Press

In their powerfully written and impressively thorough new book, Deadly Force Encounters, 2nd Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, prominent law enforcement behavioral science consultant and trainer, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, and seasoned law enforcement veteran and award-winning author, Loren W. Christensen, include a wealth of information related to virtually every topic associated with deadly force. (Get a copy. You will not ... Full Article »

How to Increase the Odds You’ll Hit Your “Targets” in 2020

Dec 30, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By: Calibre Press

Well, here we are; at the end of another year. If you’re like pretty much everybody else, you’re looking at ways to make personal and professional improvements over the next year… crafting your annual New Year’s Resolution list. Hopefully, you’re looking at making improvements that will help you live healthier, happier and safer—all things we fully support, of course! Here are a few tips that can help you be more successful at reac... Full Article »

Cops, Addiction & A Ground-Breaking Place to Get Help

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

In 2016, Des Plaines, Illinois Chief of Police Bill Kushner was approached with an idea which aimed to solve a problem that had been around for decades. When he started with the Chicago Police Department in 1977, Chief Kushner remembers that the way incidents involving officers abusing alcohol or other substances ended up being more enabling than and preventative. Fast forward to 1989, “the age of enlightenment” as Chief Kushner, then a se... Full Article »

REACTing to Non-Compliance

Dec 20, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Calibre Press

In our popular new textbook,  Street Survival II, we dedicate a section to issues related to compliance…and lack thereof. Compliance is extremely helpful to have but sometimes extremely difficult to get. Some suspects just won’t comply with commands. No surprise, right? But the way you approach that situation can have a crucial impact on the speed at which you gain compliance and the success you have in achieving it. Some officers believe... Full Article »

No Bacon On Your Birthday: The Struggles of Adversity

Dec 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Calibre Press

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest son’s 16th birthday. He was a late riser that morning - not much of a surprise for a Sunday. My wife and I had just finished our breakfast of bacon and eggs when my son came shuffling out of his room. “I smell bacon,” he said, as he headed towards the kitchen. I called out that all of the bacon was gone, but I may as well have told him all of the world’s bacon was forever gone, never ever to retu... Full Article »

Candid Post-Shooting Advice From a Cop Who’s “Been There”

Dec 11, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By: Calibre Press

The days, weeks and even years after a deadly force encounter can be extremely stressful for reasons we don’t need to explain. One deputy, who throughout his career had been involved in several shootings--three of them fatal--and had investigated more, felt compelled to share insider thoughts on what he felt fellow officers should be aware of when engaging, and hopefully helping, an officer-involved in an OIS. He generously reached out to Ca... Full Article »

They really said that? Laughs with lawyers.

Dec 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Calibre Press

Word has it these were actual questions from lawyers taken directly from court records. We can’t swear to that, but we can attest to the fact that they’re pretty funny. 1. Is that the same nose you broke as a child? 2.  Q: What happened then? A: He told me, he says, “I have to kill you because you can identify me.” Q: Did he kill you? 3. Was it you or your brother who was killed in the war? 4. Q: I show you Exhibit 3 an... Full Article »

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 »

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 »

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 »

“I’ve been shot point blank!”

Nov 18, 2019 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Survival lessons from a firefight. How fast can a “routine” traffic stop go bad? Really bad? For a corporal in Idaho, it took just 12 seconds. That’s the elapsed time between the moment he cleared the front left bumper of his patrol car in approaching a reckless driver and the moment he was shot center mass. Fortunately, he survived - but not before he experienced a common malfunction with his semi-auto that could have left him vulne... 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 »

Calibre Press Announces New Patrol Tactics Conference

Nov 13, 2019 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

a Joint Venture with NYTOA Calibre Press is excited to announce that it has joined forces with the New York Tactical Officers Association to push forward a new national Patrol Tactics Conference designed to specifically meet the needs of patrol officers, command staff in charge of generating patrol-related policy and agency instructors tasked with training their boots-on-the-ground troops. Offered in three- and four-day versions, the conference ... Full Article »

Veterans Day 2019

Nov 11, 2019 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

“This will remain the Land of the Free only so long as it is the Home of the Brave.” https://youtu.be/9tVWL_TBg48 To all who have served, and your loved ones, thank you!    ... 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 »

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 »