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What happened?

Dec 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

As an experienced investigator, a national investigations trainer and an expert witness I have been directly involved in or evaluated scores of use-of-force investigations. Not surprisingly, a dominant mantra I consistently notice investigators repeating is, “What happened?” That’s a critical question, of course, but if it becomes the core question, we’re putting investigations, officers’ careers and lives – and the facts – at risk.... Full Article »

Keep Training Alive With Crisis Scenarios

Nov 30, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Looking back on 2020, we have witnessed behaviors and emotions in the communities we serve that none of us could have ever imagined.  The challenges of the epidemic combined with anti-police rhetoric are pushing law enforcement to change.  There is so much uncertainty moving into 2021, but there is one thing we can be sure of: We cannot survive without training! Maybe in-person classes with direct interactions will be reduced, ... Full Article »

Part 2: Staying Safe & Effective Off-Duty

Nov 25, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Following up on the first installment of a series about staying safe and effective if you find yourself forced to engage in an off-duty armed encounter, here are some additional tips and considerations:Making the decision to get involved.There are three things you should consider before deciding to get involved in an off-duty encounter:Emergency/Urgency: Is it an emergency? Is it urgent that I get involved? Is someone about to be seri... Full Article »

Staying Safe & Effective Off-Duty

Nov 23, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

The gear you carry, how you carry it, how you think and the actions you take off-duty can seriously impact your safety, your tactical effectiveness and your legal protection if you’re forced to engage in an armed encounter. In this first installment of a two-part series, we share some things to consider, highlighted during a gathering of trainers from across the country.1. Maintain your survival mindset.Before you go on duty you perform... Full Article »

Don’t Let Notes Trip You Up

Nov 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Convincing an informant to talk to you—and to keep talking—can be much harder than you think. Sometimes, even the smallest moves can have a negative impact on your mission to gain intel.Highly seasoned interview and interrogation expert Pat McCarthy, founder of the Street Crimes training program, knows that all too well. His years of experience have helped him develop an acute level of awareness of the intricate nuances of communicating w... Full Article »

Safely Searching Suspects: A Reader’s Insights

Nov 11, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

After reading the article Tactical Review: Prisoner Retention Techniques we posted earlier this week, Calibre Press newsletter readers Lt. Pete Ebel with Palm Beach Co. (FL) Sheriff’s Office shared the following insights related to searching prisoners.Lt. Ebel writes:“Great article from my friend and mentor, Lt. Paul Patti. The info contained in his writing certainly stands the test of time. No one can afford to ignore these good habi... Full Article »

Tactical Review: Prisoner Retention Techniques

Nov 08, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

The everyday experience of cuffing and transporting prisoners can make that often-repeated exercise susceptible to tactical complacency, which can increase the risk of prisoner escape. A “lost” prisoner obviously comes with serious officer and community safety issues and possibly severe legal ramifications.A handcuffed prisoner on the way to a police station, holding facility or jail may desperately grasp at any small crack in the officer... Full Article »

Reader Feedback on Passenger Side Approach

Nov 06, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

After reading our recent article Taking a Look from the Passenger Side Pays Off in the Calibre Press newsletter, Lt. Pete Ebel from West Palm Beach, FL shared the following thoughts:“I have many, many examples of the passenger-side approach being the best path. Police work is rarely a ‘never’ and ‘always’ business, as terrain and situation always dictate your approach, but I have found a passenger side approach abundantly applicable... Full Article »

What’s the Most Dangerous Weapon? The One You Don’t See.

Nov 04, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

If you confront a threatening suspect who has a large knife Rambo knife in his hand, you’ll see it, right? How about your partner?Don’t be too quick to answer yes.Consider the following actual training experience:The scenario took place in a warehouse where officers were called to investigate a reported nighttime break-in. Upon arrival, they first had to deal with the scared and armed warehouse manager, role-played by a local judg... Full Article »

A Look From the Passenger Side Pays Off

Nov 02, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Many officers are believers in the kind of position of advantage you can gain by making an unexpected passenger-side approach on a vehicle stop…and for good reason. Take the example of a Wisconsin deputy who ran a routine check on a brown van that passed by while he was observing highway traffic and discovered that the plates had been suspended because of unpaid citations.As he was getting the van pulled over, he noticed considerable moveme... Full Article »

Communicating with Autism: A Law Enforcement Approach

Oct 26, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

[Editor's note: Be sure to check out the new Calibre Press course, "Successfully Interacting With People With Autism"]Imagine you are looking for a missing child and after a lengthy search you locate them.  As you approach the child you learn that they are unable to communicate due to an Autism diagnosis. Are you prepared to handle a situation like this…to communicate with a person who may be nonverbal?An event similar to this just oc... Full Article »

Been Served With a Civil Suit? 10 Pieces of Advice From an Attorney

Oct 21, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Seasoned Attorney Lance LoRusso serves as General Counsel to the Georgia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. He has represented more than 80 officers involved with on-duty shootings or in-custody deaths and has lectured on deadly force and other topics to law enforcement officers nationwide.He is also the author of as excellent book, When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident (profits from which benefit law enforcement cha... Full Article »

Use Down Time & Your Mind to Train Daily

Oct 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

We all know the issues associated with training, or lack thereof. Strained budgets, limited manpower, pandemic restrictions, and other departmental issues bumping training down the priority scale all make it difficult for officers and agencies to training as they would like, and as they should.One thing that can help is to productively use moments of time on and off patrol to mentally practice; to envision various scenarios you may encounter ... Full Article »

CalibrePLUS Online Training Division

Oct 15, 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 »

Sometimes Court IS a Laughing Matter

Oct 09, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

It’s always good to lighten things up every once in a while…particularly nowadays. These quotes, taken from records of actual court proceedings and included in a book titled, Disorder in the American Courts, should help.Attorney: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?Witness: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?”Attorney: And why did that upset you?Witness: My name is Susan.____________________________... Full Article »

More on Pre-Assault Indicators

Oct 05, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

[Editor's note: Be sure to check out the details on our new two-hour online course, available as a rental for your entire agency very soon: Spotting Pre-Assault Indicators]In an earlier article, we discussed 10 non-verbal cues that can serve as warning signs that a subject may be preparing to attack you. In Calibre Press’s popular book, Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Force Encounters,  three other important precursors to attack are... Full Article »

Hidden Loads on the Roads: Tips on Concealment Spots

Sep 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Drug runners are a creative bunch and when it comes to hiding a haul, their “talents” can be tough to beat…unless you’re educated, alert and curious. In a nearly 400-page report titled, Commonly Encountered Concealment Methods in Land Vehicles, the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) shared some common—and some not so common—concealment areas in a variety of vehicles. Although released some years ago, the information and advice shared ... Full Article »

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 »