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Wyoming Opts in to FirstNet

Jul 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Crawford Coates

First-of-its-Kind Solution Will Create Jobs, Spur Investment and Modernize Public Safety Communications across the State RESTON, Va -- Wyoming is making history. Today, Governor Matthew Mead announced his decision to accept the FirstNet andAT&T* plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State's public safety community. This will make Wyoming one of the first states in the country to "opt in" to FirstNet and bring advanced t... Full Article »

Improving Deescalation with Defensive Tactics

Jul 11, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Crawford Coates

The last article I wrote was titled “Building the DT Toolbox” and in it I suggested that when training recruits or novice police officers, an instructor’s primary focus should be to build their student’s “toolbox.” I then stated that the toolbox will be the “foundation upon which everything else will be built.” Notice that I didn’t state that the defensive toolbox will be the foundation upon which all other defensive tactics tra... Full Article »

Police Week: Why It Matters

Jun 26, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Due to the tragic loss of two officers from my department in 2016, I was asked by the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) national president whether I would like to attend National Police Week in Washington D.C. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re ever given the opportunity, I implore you to attend too. For me it was an incomparable and unforgettable life experience. What It Is For those who don’t know, Polic... Full Article »

The Tool That’s Been Forgotten

Jun 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Regardless of personal beliefs as to the beginning of humanity, it is apparent that communication is an important part of relationship building. Early man used every skill available to communicate to his partner. Of these skills, nonverbal communication was vital to the survival of man. Body language expert Joe Navarro (2011) has written, “This has been part of our biological heritage for so long that we still primarily communicate nonverbally,... Full Article »

Shooting Near the Capitol

Jun 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Crawford Coates

A gunman opened fire at an early morning gathering of baseball practice that included Republican members of Congress and staff. According to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown, five people have been transferred to local hospitals, including the shooter. Sources, including President Trump, said the shooter has since died. At least one of the victims was medivaced to the hospital. Among the injured was Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scali... Full Article »

OFFICER INVOLVED: A Portrait from Inside

Jun 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By: Crawford Coates

Over the course of 2 years, a police officer turned first-time filmmaker and his wife traveled the United States and brought together experts and current/former law-enforcement officers in an effort to explore the highly secretive, often misunderstood, and socially taboo topic of what the officer experiences in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.... Full Article »

A Matter of Perspective

Jun 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Crawford Coates

Being a police officer is one the greatest joys of my life. The ability to serve, protect the vulnerable, and make an immediate impact on the lives of people I contact on a daily basis is beyond gratifying. Every day I put on that uniform I’m filled with a sense of purpose and determination to be the best I can be. I constantly remind myself of why I wanted to walk this path and remember all the hardships and difficulties I endured to get to t... Full Article »

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 »