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

Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized
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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 Program An online training program produced and provided by CalibrePLUS In 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 »

10 Ways to Avoid Being Tracked Down at Home

Jun 10, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

If you’re like many officers, the idea of being stalked and harassed at home by someone you’ve arrested or someone who has a problem with law enforcement in general may not have been high on your radar, but it should be. It can happen and it’s something you should actively take precautions against. During an interview with Calibre Press’ Street Survival Newsline, an officer who was stalked and harassed at his home shared some excellent... Full Article »

The Hidden Enemy: Fatigue

Jun 08, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Years ago, after working a full shift then assisting at the scene of a bank robbery during which two officers and one civilian were shot, a west coast police Captain was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree. His drive home was long—about 60 miles. After working a long, stress-filled day, it was a drive that may have proven to be too much for his tired body to handle. Although the exact reason the Captain’s car left the road w... Full Article »

Law Enforcement Focus Group Participants Needed

Jun 04, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

COVID-19 has had enormous impacts on almost every facet of life, but first responders have been uniquely affected. Dr. Janne Gaub, an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is conducting a study to understand the rank-and-file perspective about how COVID-19 has affected the job and policing in general. She is recruiting officers and frontline supervisors for participation in virtual focus groups ... Full Article »

Calibre Press Tip of the Week

Jun 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By: Calibre Press

Calibre Tip of the Week A note from the editor: If you have a tip to share with officers around the country, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] Don’t Be a “Target of Opportunity” It’s important to use extra caution when patrolling territory contested by rival gang members. If personnel permit, you want at least three officers involved in gang contacts: one to serve as Contact Officer for dealing with the suspect(s... Full Article »

Screaming Their Last Breath: Why First Responders Must Never Ignore the Words “I Can’t Breathe”

Jun 02, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Editor's note: Calibre Press first published this article in 2015. In light of current events, we felt it was important to share this information, which is consistent with our training, again. Every officer has heard “I can’t breathe!” yelled at the top of a subject’s lungs, usually as they are being handcuffed and detained after a vigorous struggle. I certainly know that I, as a paramedic responding to those calls to “check the subj... Full Article »

Turning Chaos into Growth: Leveraging Adversity to Become Antifragile

May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Policing a pandemic has proved very stressful and the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 outbreak has demanded the adoption of novel policing strategies. While we can’t choose to completely avoid the stress and volatility associated with this crisis, the way we frame it can help determine its ultimate impact. The philosopher Nassim Taleb introduced a helpful concept in his book, “Antifragile—Things that Gain from Disorder.” Taleb... Full Article »

From all of us at Calibre Press: Thank you for your sacrifice and your service!

May 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
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Thank you video from some of the Calibre Press team https://youtu.be/42wIHFEk7vg... Full Article »

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Turning Chaos into Growth: Leveraging Adversity to Become Antifragile

May 20, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Policing a pandemic has proved very stressful and the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 outbreak has demanded the adoption of novel policing strategies. While we can’t choose to completely avoid the stress and volatility associated with this crisis, the way we frame it can help determine its ultimate impact. The philosopher Nassim Taleb introduced a helpful concept in his book, “Antifragile—Things that Gain from Disorder.” Taleb... Full Article »

Curiosity Ticklers

May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

When it comes to proactive policing, particularly in the contraband interdiction realm, the most successful officers stay alert for “curiosity ticklers” – things that are out of the ordinary and may tip observant cops off to the fact that something may be hinky. Several of those ticklers are related to unnatural behavior while driving. Here are a few: Stay alert for a driver who anxiously and repeatedly looks in the rearview mirror or re... Full Article »

3,200 Officers Weigh in on COVID Decree Enforcement

May 06, 2020 in Calibre Corner & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Calibre Press

In a recent national poll of law enforcement officers, Calibre Press asked a series of questions related to the enforcement of the pandemic-inspired decrees that have surfaced across the country. 3,234 officers responded. Here are the results: Years on the job. The majority of respondents—more than 80%—have been on the job for more than 10 years. Of that group, 43.8% have been in law enforcement for more than 21 years and about the same, 4... Full Article »

The Art of the Search

Apr 30, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Calibre Press

Searching for suspects has always been an unpredictable and risk-drenched mission. It’s a task all of us in law enforcement face on a regular basis. The risk involved with any search cannot be totally eliminated; however, it can be mitigated through training, experience, technology, a proper mindset, and the consistent use of good habits.Every search is unique. Each situation needs to be approached in a way that will keep law enforcement safe w... Full Article »

“Top Secret” Blood Lessons

Apr 24, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Calibre Press

In 2008, Calibre Press co-founder Charles Remsberg wrote a book called Blood Lessons in which he compiled 24 true-life accounts of police officers who were involved in harrowing life-and-death encounters. These accounts, told in the words of the involved officers are gut-wrenching, and in some instances, painful to read as they recount their stories in graphic detail to include brutal life-threatening injuries, the physical recovery, and the psyc... Full Article »

Calibre Press Special Report: Suggested Officer Involved Shooting Protocol During the Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Calibre Press

Officer-involved shootings can occur at any time, day or night.  It is unknown if the shelter at home order currently in place in many cities will curtail or escalate officer-involved shootings.  Current thinking is that confinement may lead to an increase in domestic-related calls, which is one of the more unpredictable situations an officer must face. Typically, after an officer-involved shooting, there will be a congregation of a dozen or... Full Article »

“…serious and violent offenses will still be fully enforced.”

Apr 01, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Calibre Press

Advice from the IACP on Policing in the Pandemic In a recently released document, COVID-19: Alternative Methods for Delivering Essential Law Enforcement Services, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) shared timely advice for navigating the tricky balance between public safety and public health. “In light of the public health risk that Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents and the pressing need for law enforcement ... Full Article »

9 Ways to Avoid Hopelessness

Mar 25, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By: Calibre Press

What a time. Policing is stressful enough, and now this. Cops everywhere are needing to deal with the nervous, pressurized public while simultaneously dealing with their own personal challenges that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus situation. It’s not out of the realm of reason to believe that some of us may have thoughts of hopelessness. Hopefully, they’re fleeting thoughts, but notable and likely alarming, nonetheless. In t... Full Article »