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Building the D.T. Toolbox

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Training
By: Crawford Coates

I'm a cop who's spent the last 12 years teaching defensive tactics (DT) to military and law enforcement personnel around the world. The goal of this article is not to promote or denounce any one defensive tactics system, but to simply offer suggestions on how to improve an agency’s current program based on my own experience. Tools & Toolbox I’ve trained cadre at various police academies around the nation and the primary philosophy that ... Full Article »

Security – What’s in a Word? Pt. 2

May 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Crawford Coates

[Publisher’s Note: This opinion article originally appeared in the April, 2017, issue of Security Magazine and is reprinted here, in two parts, with permission. To read the first part, ] If there is a scenario where law enforcement agency receives a call for service about an active shooter at a site, the competency and operational capabilities of the security personnel who are on scene at that site is highly relevant. If law enforcement knows ... Full Article »

Security – What’s in a Word?

May 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: This opinion article originally appeared in the April, 2017, issue of Security Magazine and is reprinted here, in two parts, with permission.] Words are a funny thing, and words matter. We use them to define objects, communicate ideas, and describe thoughts and feelings. While there are some words that have a nearly universal meaning, the meaning of other words varies greatly depending on who you ask. For example, the words ... Full Article »

WINx: The Critical Importance of Respect & Community

Apr 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

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The Mission of the Guardian: Fight Crime & Don’t be an Ass#$%@!

Apr 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Policing is dangerous. No matter how well trained or equipped officers are, there is a risk of injury and death with every encounter. Each officer must find a way to psychologically manage the ever-present threat in order to do their job. A very effective way of doing that has been to adopt the identity of a noble warrior. This identity perfectly meets the need for a tough and resilient mindset to face danger and survive a deadly encounter. Whil... Full Article »

Honoring the Dead by Training the Living

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Below 100 owes its existence to a group of law enforcement trainers who realized that, with regard to line-of-duty deaths, it was time to say, “Enough is enough.” Too many of these deaths, they saw, were tragically preventable. More than six years later, our mission continues. Although we’ve made progress, there’s still a lot of work to do, work that includes not only Below 100 instructors, but every single officer across North America. ... Full Article »

Black Magic & Narco Saints

Apr 11, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Crawford Coates

In February, 2017, police in Texas discovered the body of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped and then murdered because she had insulted her captor’s satanic shrine. Her captors had tattooed what was described as a “Grim Reaper” from her knee to her ankle prior to murdering her. The police stated that the kidnappers were members of MS-13, a gang known for extreme violence and involved in drug trafficking. At first blush, this story appear... Full Article »

Law Enforcement & Research: A Powerful Combo

Apr 10, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: A while back I published "Calling All Academics!", lamenting the frequency with which academics and media talk about law enforcement without speaking to actual police officers. Here's a game response from a man who has been on both sides of the equation.] This may seem a little unfair on your offer at first, but I happen to be a former law enforcement officer with both state and federal experience for 22 years, and I have a ... Full Article »

Learning From Mistakes

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Mistakes. We all make them. Some are minor and require little correction, while others can be career-changing. Following is an example of one of my mistakes, and how I used what I learned to positively effect the police department where I worked. Say It Ain’t So At the time, I was the detective commander and the range master simultaneously, and I took my firearms training seriously. I made weekend plans to go shooting with my father at our gu... Full Article »

Pushing the Way Forward

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

I recently chatted with Darrin Fulton, chapter president of the Kansas City, Kans., chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Fulton is also the driving force behind this year’s NLPOA conference in Kansas City, Oct. 11 – 14. Calibre Press will be there, providing training, and the conference is open to all in law enforcement. If you don’t know about NLPOA or its many initiatives, the following interview is hopefully an intr... Full Article »

Calling All Academics!

Mar 17, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Read any an article in the mainstream media about policing and I can almost guarantee that you will never hear from actual police officers. Instead—and especially at the purportedly more intellectual and serious end of the spectrum—you will read opinions and propositions from academics: that is, professors of criminal justice and law at the fancy schools. Check out the New York Times and keyword search “police reform” to see what I mean.... Full Article »

WINx: Communication Builds Relationships

Mar 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this powerful WINx video, Scott Erickson explains that there's one way to build standing in a community: communication. Here's how.... Full Article »

An Argument Against Narcan

Mar 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: Crawford Coates

[Publisher’s Note: At Calibre Press we appreciate a diversity of opinion. After all, there are more than 18,000 police agencies and 800,000 officers in this large and varied nation. It goes without saying that the views expressed on CalibrePress.com belong to the author, and agencies and officers must regardless do what is best for their communities.] One of the most divisive arguments in law enforcement today concerns whether or not patrol of... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

WINx: Restoring Communities to Sacred Ground

Mar 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Colonel Richard Coleman (ret.) USMC shares his experience of how the Marine Corp regained its status as an elite service. Col. Coleman draws many parallels between the Marine Corp experience and the struggles currently facing the law enforcement profession.... Full Article »

WINx: Act Like a Cop

Mar 01, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this awesome talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Chelley Seibert shares ideas on how to spare your ego. Instead put a character in your place, remembering that the most important role we all play is “The Best Cop We Can Be” in every scene.... Full Article »

Ambush Attacks on Officers

Feb 22, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Crawford Coates

Type “police officer ambush” into an internet search engine and you will find numerous stories about a drastic increase in the number of police officers being ambushed. The Washington Post reports that police ambushes are at a 10-year high, USA Today has written that ambush-style murders of police officers are up 167 percent, and there are similar reports from NBC and Fox News. On July 7, 2016, a sniper opened fire on police officers in Dall... Full Article »

WINx: The Questions that Unite Us

Feb 21, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Dongsup "Sam" Kim talks about his experience working with inner city youth in Boston. Sam was involved in the Youth Violence Systems Project which aimed to reduce violence among youth.... Full Article »

WINx: Learning From People in Crisis

Feb 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016, sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Brian Nanavaty walks us through what he learned from working with people in crisis. Brian also shares how we can better protect and build healthy first responders.... Full Article »

WINx: The Lessons of Resisilience & Adaptability

Feb 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

Richard "Dic" Donohue was shot during the hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers. In this presentation, given at WINx Chicago 2016, Donohue tells how he learned resilience and adaptability--and how those traits would save his life that day. For more information about WINx, or to learn about future events, please visit www.experiencewinx.com.... Full Article »