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Litigaphobia Rears Its Ugly Head (Again)

Jan 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Dave Grossi

Back in 1986, three health care professionals combined the terms litigation with phobia to coin the term “litigaphobia.” They came up with the term after researching and interviewing police officers over their fear of being sued. As they applied the term, it pertained to that fear being “so great” among some officers that it became a “preoccupation” that “interfered” with them doing their jobs. Now, 30 years later, the Pew Researc... Full Article »

Corrections Threats

Oct 25, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dave Grossi

I just returned from a swing across New York and Pennsylvania.  I had to venture up to the great northeast to take care of my annual H.R. 218 recertification at my former PD after which my wife and I stopped in to see the kids and kidlettes in Pennsylvania. While scanning the local newspaper, I came across a headline announcing a state prisoner, Joel Perez, age 42, was found guilty of a 2014 attack on a 45-year-old veteran CO, Francis Petroski. ... Full Article »

The Truth Behind Stop & Frisk

Oct 12, 2016 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Dave Grossi

I am not an attorney. I don’t play one on TV, and this is not a legal brief.  As such, it should not be construed as legal advice. What it is, however, is a short piece intended to clear up all the hoopla surrounding the issues of “stop and frisk.” So as we approach the 53rd anniversary of the date that created the “stop and frisk” rule, let’s get some history. Here are the facts on the incident that gave birth to stop and frisk. B... Full Article »

Where Have All the Lawyers Gone?

Sep 26, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

There’s a folk song written by Pete Seeger and recorded by The Kingston Trio that hit it big in 1964. It’s called “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” The first verse ends with “young girls picked them, every one.” A little known factoid of your humble author is his hidden talent as a musician. Every now and then, I’ll dust off my old Martin acoustic and strum a few bars of my favorite tunes. I was thinking about that old Kingston Tr... Full Article »

White Reflectors & Black Lines

Sep 08, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

My first exposure to Florida dates back to the winter of 1975. I was a physical crimes detective in upstate New York. Physical crime detectives investigate everything dealing with crimes against persons; assaults, murders, robberies, and so forth. We were investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a supermarket where the suspect fled the scene. After checking all the likely locations and coming up empty, we filed for a warrant and initiated ... Full Article »

BOOK REVIEW: Shapeshifting: Effective Scenario Training for Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Teams

Jun 27, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Dave Grossi

Most tactical officers are probably familiar with the text Crisis Negotiations by Michael McManus and Wayman Mullins. That book is now in its fifth edition and has become a staple for crisis/hostage negotiations teams. One of my past tactical command instructors, Thomas Strentz, Ph.D. (FBI, ret.) penned two of the most often-quoted texts on the subject, the acclaimed Psychological Aspects of Crisis Negotiations and Hostage/Crisis Negotiations, 2... Full Article »

So You’re Thinking of Becoming a Witness? Part 2

Jun 13, 2016 in Leadership & Training
By: Dave Grossi

In Part One, we discussed the obligations and requirements for working as a consulting expert in matters of police litigation. In this second part, we’ll discuss some of the trials (pardon the pun) and tribulations of appearing in court as a testifying expert. Your Record, Examined When you author a report on a case, you for the most part have disclosed your identity to other side. And the vetting will now begin ... The other side will usual... Full Article »

So You’re Thinking of Becoming an Expert?

May 25, 2016 in Education & Leadership
By: Dave Grossi

The draft of this article has been sitting in my pending file for a few years. Since I’m about 98% retired from the expert industry, I figure now's the time. This is a two-part series. Part Uno will deal with the issues of being a consulting expert. Part Dos will cover all the facets of appearing in court as a testifying expert. How It Works First, every expert is initially hired as a consulting expert. Simply put, he or she is retained to r... Full Article »

“The Truth about Black Lives Matter”

May 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

Although relatively new, most cops have heard of the Black Lives Matter folks. Formed shortly after the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in late February, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., they really came to the forefront after the Ferguson, Mo., incident where Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown when Brown attempted to disarm him. But very few law enforcement officers know the hist... Full Article »

The Full-Moon Kidnapper & a Clerk Named Sue

Apr 28, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

The other night I was sitting out by the pool enjoying an iced coffee and indulging in my only remaining vice, a Rocky Patel Premium cigar (Connecticut Vintage, 1999), listening to the local “oldies-but-goodies” radio station. Suddenly, my mind came out of my usual vegetative state when a song by The Eagles came on: “Hotel California.” I’ve probably heard that song hundreds, if not thousands, of times over the course of the last 35 year... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Aug 13, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

Author's Note: Most readers know that my past contributions to this series revolve around the humorous situations I’ve experienced with past attorney/clients. This will not be one of them. [caption id="attachment_6594" align="alignright" width="150"] A mug shot of Special Agent Art Gonzales.[/caption] I don’t testify a lot in criminal court. My testimonial history reveals I’ve appeared as an expert in criminal cases (federal and stat... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized
By: Dave Grossi

Someone once said that the courtroom is a stage and all the players have a part. And if attorneys are the actors, then the jury must be the audience, and the judge the director. With that said, trials can be either tragedy or comedy. Certainly cases where a death has occurred must fall into the tragedy category. But those where no real injury has resulted, except for maybe a bruised ego, sometimes fall into the comedy column. Such a case occurre... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Jul 09, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

I’ve worked for some great attorneys. The best are not only very knowledgeable in the area of police procedure, they’re masters of cross examination, too. A while back, I had the pleasure of seeing such a lawyer do a beautiful “slice-and-dice” number on an opposing expert at trial up in the Big Apple area. A Cardinal Rule in the World of Experts is "don't ever inflate your curriculum vitae.” This guy’s professional resume was replete... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized
By: Dave Grossi

You’ll notice that I said most lawyers live large. But not all. Some live small--real small. One of my more recent cases brought me to Chicago. I know Chicago. I like Chicago. In the early days, Calibre Press was based there. And I had been there many times. I had to fly into O’Hare International Airport, which in case you don’t know is one of the busiest and biggest airports (size wise) in the U.S. If you’ve ever been to O’Hare or hav... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Jun 09, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

As I've said before, most lawyers live large. And I found one that must have a HUGE wardrobe. I had to travel out to the great southwest for a trial. My client wanted me to sit in on the plaintiff’s case and take notes during the opposing expert’s testimony, so I had to get out there early. I planned accordingly and packed for three or four days of in-court time. It was summer and it was hot out in west Texas. Over the years, I’ve learned... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

May 26, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

Most lawyers live large. Large cars. Expensive suits. Rolex watches. I guess its part of the image. So when my client wanted to fly down here to southwest Florida to have a face-to-face meeting with me to give me the case file and my retainer check, and booked a conference room and lunch for our meeting the local Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, I didn’t find it all that unusual. As it turned out, we bumped in to one another as he was checking in. I... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

May 08, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Editor’s Note: Dave Grossi is a Calibre Press emeritus and a consummate professional with a wealth of experience that ranges from expert witness testimony to deep undercover work. His sense of humor might have something to do with his success. This is the first installment in a series about the various lawyers he’s worked with throughout his year–all hilarious! Enjoy.] Southern lawyers are some of the funniest guys around. Being from New ... Full Article »

Lawyers I’ve Known

Apr 23, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Editor's Note: Dave Grossi is a Calibre Press emeritus and a consummate professional with a wealth of experience that ranges from expert witness testimony to deep undercover work. His sense of humor might have something to do with his success. This is the first installment in a series about the various lawyers he's worked with throughout his year--all hilarious! Enjoy.] As I near the end of my careers—more than 20 years in operational law e... Full Article »

The Danger of Ground Fights

Jan 29, 2015 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health
By: Dave Grossi

With the surging popularity of mixed martial arts fighting (MMA), Americans are increasingly familiar with ground fighting. It’s the bread and butter of many former and current champs of that sport. Sport, however, is the operative word. In a real-world fight, being on the ground—and on the receiving end especially—is about the last place a police officer would want to find his- or herself. But anything can happen in a street fight. So, ... Full Article »

Handcuffing: The Lost Art?

Nov 12, 2014 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By: Dave Grossi

When you really think about it and analyze it from a control standpoint, handcuffs are the one force tool we probably use more than any other. I’d estimate that almost 100% of arrestees are handcuffed when taken into custody. And they should be. One of the biggest mistakes cops make is not cuffing every arrestee properly (i.e., behind the back). It’s also the one force tool that we train with the least. Very few agencies require retraining o... Full Article »