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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 »

Firebreather: A Holistic Approach to Fitness

Feb 06, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today
By: Crawford Coates

Physical fitness is a multibillion-dollar industry proffering up a ceaseless supply of shakes, supplements, gym memberships, social media accounts, and more—all of which, meanwhile, claiming to be the best. Who in their right mind would applaud the arrival of yet another fitness book? Here’s the thing: Greg Amundson’s Firebreather Fitness isn’t yet another fitness book. The subtitle is, “Work Your Body, Mind and Spirit into the Best Sh... Full Article »

Calibre Press & The National Latino Peace Officers Association

Feb 02, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Crawford Coates

We are thrilled to announce Calibre Press is the "Exclusive Officer Safety Training Partner" of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. If you don't know NLPOA, get to know them: This is a dynamic and committed group, dedicated to serving members to the fullest. We are proud and honored to work with such a group. The NLPOA Conference will be held in Kansas City, Kan., from Oct. 11 - 14, 2017. This, the organization's 44th conference, wil... Full Article »

Mind Your Language

Jan 31, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Crawford Coates

In a recent article published by Calibre Press, the question was asked: Why do police officers perform certain acts that they have been clearly told not to do? It’s author, Jim Glennon, referred to cases in which officers have jumped into a suspect’s car despite being told not to in training (training vs. learning). The article raised some interesting and important questions about how police are trained. Words Matter There are probably seve... Full Article »

WINx: Reluctant Heroism

Jan 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

In this powerful talk Lt. Brian Murphy (ret.) describes what it means to be a reluctant hero. Heroes walk among everyday; yet many feel threatened and shy away from the spotlight. How we deal with those officers can help ease their return to the workplace. Bottom line: No one is a hero alone.... Full Article »

Courage: How We Fight the Ferguson Effect

Jan 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By: Crawford Coates

There’s a conversation going on more and more frequently among officers in squad rooms and weight rooms and late-night diners across the country. This conversation usually involves some form of the statement: “With the way everything is today, I don’t think I’d be a cop if I had it to do over.” It’s a variation on the much talked about “Ferguson Effect.” Not only are (some) officers doing less for fear of negative outcomes, but g... Full Article »

WINx: Training for Mental Fitness

Jan 23, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

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WINx: On Failure, & Courage

Jan 16, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By: Crawford Coates

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Police Suicide: What No One Wants to Say

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Crawford Coates

Law enforcement suicide: Whether it’s a problem of catastrophic magnitude, an infrequent anomaly, or a problem that simply doesn’t exist depends upon who you ask. The unfortunate reality is that we simply don’t know the extent of the problem because we, as a profession, have not had the stomach to face our mental health issues. Suicide is the final culmination of our much larger mental health issues that we continuously ignore as individual... Full Article »