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OK, But Not the Attic …

Aug 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: Most of our readers know that I spent a considerable amount of time working undercover narcotics.  While at a family gathering, I was reflecting on some of the more humorous moments during those years. After a few prompts from family and friends, I decided to regale the small group with some of the more hilarious, albeit G-rated, anecdotes. –D.G.] Dopers are not the brightest of criminals. I mean, they’re not sophistic... Full Article »

Disarmings: The Reality

Aug 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dave Grossi

My wife and I just returned from a police funeral. Fort Myers, Fla., Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot on July 21 after responding to a call at local service station of a stolen cell phone. He pursued the suspect on foot and during the apprehension attempt, was knocked to the ground, allegedly disarmed, and shot in the head with his service pistol. He survived for a week on life support. His End of Watch was July 28, 2018.  His funera... Full Article »

How Many Snakes?

Jul 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: Most of our readers know that I spent a considerable amount of time working undercover narcotics.  While at a family gathering, I was reflecting on some of the more humorous moments during those years. After a few prompts from family and friends, I decided to regale the small group with some of the more hilarious, albeit G-rated, anecdotes. –D.G.] An early morning search warrant brought us to the home of two dopers in a ... Full Article »

Drug Cop Memoirs: “Speed, Counselor”

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Author's Note: Most of our readers know that I spent a considerable amount of time working undercover narcotics.  While at a family gathering, I was reflecting on some of the more humorous moments during those years. After a few prompts from family and friends, I decided to regale the small group with some of the more hilarious, albeit G-rated, anecdotes. --D.G.] I was subpoenaed to testify at a preliminary hearing of a dope dealer. We had b... Full Article »

A Crisis in Law Enforcement: Suicide

Jun 18, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dave Grossi

Two incidents the last few weeks regarding celebrity suicides—fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain—have brought the topic of suicide to light. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates for the overall population have climbed nearly 30% since 1999. Other reports show that incidents of suicide have increased in nearly every state since the late 1990s and suicide now claims about ... Full Article »

Emotional Survival: Transitioning to Retirement

Jun 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Dave Grossi

Thirty years ago this month (June), I lost one of my best buds. Most of our readers know that I spent a good portion of my days working undercover, initially as a “white” shield patrolman and finally as a “gold” shield detective. One of the guys I worked with was a top notch narc. Ron lived every aspect of the job during our time in deep cover. Deep cover is different than administrative narcotics (ad narc) or other vice narcotics assi... Full Article »

Undercover Hit Men

Mar 29, 2018 in Patrol & Training
By: Dave Grossi

There’s no doubt that undercover work is exciting, if not dangerous. In fact, it’s the exciting part that makes UC work so addictive. One of the most unusual cases our task force team of UC narcs became involved in was a “murder for hire” investigation. [Note: In order to respect the privacy of not only the intended targets of this contract hit, the minor child it centered around, as well as the convicted subjects, I have masked the name... Full Article »

Cover Officer Tactics

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities of the cover officer. ... So I asked permission from the great folks at Law Officer.com to reprint an article authored by yours truly that originally appeared in... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Pt. 2

Jan 17, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Dave Grossi

If you haven't already, click here to read Part One. Otherwise, we’re in the city, at the hotel, and all the advance work has been completed. Bob and I are dressed for work and ready to go. Day One 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On Day One, we’d head down to the ball room at 5:30am and set up the AV equipment, and once again test all the equipment, cue up the film clips and audio tapes, and then head to breakfast. It was important to the com... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Part 1

Jan 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Dave Grossi

The Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar continues to inform and inspire American law enforcement. Under the leadership of Jim Glennon, it has been transformed to reflect the realities affecting today’s officers. I highly recommend it, especially to newer officers. It provides the platform on which to build your career. But my personal, lived experience with Street Survival comes from a prior iteration. See, I was lead instructor from 1988 to... Full Article »

A Contrast in Police Trainers: T.J. Hooker vs. R.C. Hindi

Nov 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Dave Grossi

Most retired cops recognize the name T.J. Hooker. And many know who Bob Hindi is. If you don’t, just take a quick peek at your expandable baton. See that big rounded cap at the end of your stick. That’s the Hindi Baton Cap, invented by now-retired Las Vegas Metro PD officer Bob Hindi. [caption id="attachment_10448" align="alignright" width="273"] Bob Hindi, the real deal.[/caption] I’ve known Bob for 30 years. We’ve trained togethe... Full Article »

New Year’s Homicide

Oct 23, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By: Dave Grossi

Every now and then I like to author a reality piece that our readers might enjoy. No real teaching point, just interesting cop stuff. (The last such piece was in April, 2016, “The Full-Moon Kidnapper & a Clerk Named Sue.”) This new article has to deal with the last case I worked as a Physical Crimes detective. It was New Year’s Eve. My partner, Ron, was taking some lost time and we were on our way to drop him off at home. I was then go... Full Article »

Wayne “The Flame” Pyro

Oct 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Publisher’s Note: Humor in Blue is a new column by Calibre Press alum Dave Grossi. Similar in style to his hilarious eight-part Lawyers I’ve Known series, these eight stories have been gleaned from the warped mind of Dave himself. The names of the players have been changed, the locations masked (somewhat), a few embellishments added here and there, and some of the characters, while real people, combined and/or merged for brevity’s sake. Al... Full Article »

The Decoy

Sep 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Publisher’s Note: Humor in Blue is a new column by Calibre Press alum Dave Grossi. Similar in style to his hilarious eight-part Lawyers I’ve Known series, these eight stories have been gleaned from the warped mind of Dave himself. The names of the players have been changed, the locations masked (somewhat), a few embellishments added here and there, and some of the characters, while real people, combined and/or merged for brevity’s sake. Al... Full Article »

HUMOR IN BLUE: Night Court

Sep 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

[Publisher’s Note: Humor in Blue is a new column by Calibre Press alum Dave Grossi. Similar in style to his hilarious eight-part Lawyers I’ve Known series, these eight stories have been gleaned from the warped mind of Dave himself. The names of the players have been changed, the locations masked (somewhat), a few embellishments added here and there, and some of the characters, while real people, combined and/or merged for brevity’s sake. Al... Full Article »

Artie’s Daughter

Aug 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
By: Dave Grossi

Artie Belcher was two things: the best cop on the PD and the worst cop on the PD. Artie was a moralist. There was “right” and there was “wrong.” There was “justice,” and then there was “Artie’s Law.” The most important things to Artie (next to his back up gun) were his family: his wife, his two daughters and his one son. Artie’s sense of family values would make Dan Quayle blush. Men were men. Women were women, and little gi... Full Article »

“Stop & Frisk: Legal Perspectives, Strategic Thinking, & Tactical Procedures”

Aug 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Dave Grossi

Stop & Frisk: Legal Perspectives, Strategic Thinking, & Tactical Procedures is an excellent new book by Douglas R. Mitchell, JD, MPA, and Gregory J. Connor, MS, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. In the interest of complete disclosure, I have known both authors for a long time. Doug Mitchell has been a friend, legal contact, and training associate of mine for well over 40 years. I’ve known t... Full Article »

The Public & Use of Force

Aug 07, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Dave Grossi

A buddy sent me a recent news story on some innovative public relations work being done by the Clark County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office in Springfield during the week ending July 28. During their recent County Fair, the CCSO decided to set up a firearms training simulator in an annex building in order to permit interested patrons to experience the dynamics of police shootings. The idea was the brain child of Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett... Full Article »

Humor in Blue: The Prince of Darkness

Jul 17, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Dave Grossi

Everyone knew that Denny Verna was afraid of the dark. He’s always been afraid of the dark from the day he was a little kid. While going through the police academy, Denny dreaded role play scenarios that took place at night or that involved building searches in dark rooms. He was so glad when the academy ended. But as luck would have it, he drew a slot on graveyards. “Man, if I can just get through this FTO phase without having to chase s... Full Article »

Humor in Blue: The Bust

Jun 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By: Dave Grossi

Undercover narcs are an odd bunch. Nobody gets ordered to do the kind of work they do. They apply for it, have to be interviewed, have their work backgrounds reviewed, and if they’re lucky get to spend countless hours away from their families, looking like something the cat dragged in, and then watching as the brass announce the great work the “agency” did with quantities upon quantities of drugs, money, and guns displayed on the TV news. ... Full Article »