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Controlling a Person Isn’t Like It is on TV

Aug 23, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

“It was very uncomfortable. It was disturbing to watch.” That’s what the Euclid, Ohio, mayor said about a recent physical altercation between one of the city’s police officers and a motorist. She’s right: It is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. That doesn’t mean, however, that the officer’s actions were wrong, a violation of policy, or criminal in nature. Fantasy vs. Reality I’ve been around law enforcement, to some de... Full Article »

If Law Enforcement Were a Private Company …

Jun 19, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

When I first became a supervisor I attended a course where the instructor spoke about private businesses compared to government organizations. And I tuned him right out. “We aren’t private industry,” I said to myself. “Apples and Oranges. So move on, no point in this discussion.” And I was stupid. It took me years of being a boss and a degree in higher education to understand the point he was trying to make. Which is: Private compani... Full Article »

Slow Down the Ticking Clock

Jun 06, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

We’re hearing about it almost every day from pundits and politicians: Cops need training in “deescalation.” It’s a point, by the way, I whole-heartedly agree with. Where I part company with most of these self-appointed experts is in just what “deescalation” means and how it can be applied (or not) in real life. Deescalation doesn’t mean what or work the way, I’m afraid, our critics think it does. But regardless we do need more tr... Full Article »

Graham Upheld; Ninth’s Provocation Doctrine Rejected Unanimously

May 31, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I’m certainly no legal scholar. Haven’t been to law school. Never prosecuted a case or defended an offender. But I do have 30-plus years in law enforcement, a pretty good working understanding of laws, the Constitution, and, I believe, a fair share of common sense. Back in 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit determined in a case titled Billington v. Smith, that the lawful use of deadly force by the police may be ruled unlawfu... Full Article »

You Get the Police You Ask For

May 02, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

We, as a profession, are not without sin. We have a sordid past on many levels. We have seen massive corruption, lying, scandals, thievery and abuses that include terrifying the weak, drug dealing, murders, torture and framing the innocent. Those aforementioned abuses and wrongdoings cannot be denied. What also can’t be denied is that when those crimes are committed they are perpetrated by an incredibly small percentage of our more than 700,00... Full Article »

False Confessions

Mar 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Does Reid & Associates teach officers a confrontational method of interviewing and interrogating that results in false confessions? I ask that question because recently they were basically accused of that. Or rather—the method they teach was accused of that. So does their method result in false confessions? Not at all. First it’s important to address this at the outset: I have absolutely no relationship whatsoever with Reid & Associ... Full Article »

Disingenuous Hypocrites Run the Joint

Mar 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By: Jim Glennon

I’m not going to mention his name because the only reason, I believe, this guy put together a new documentary on the Michael Brown shooting is to get attention. He is most probably, in my opinion, a bottomless pit of festering narcissism. The point he is trying to make apparently is that Michael Brown traded marijuana for cigarillos with a nightshift clerk. He left the cigarillos in the store and then came back in the daytime for them. The day... Full Article »

No Excuses for Slugs

Mar 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

It seems whenever I write an article about ineffective, lazy or just plain dumb supervisors it hits a chord. I get emails, texts, Facebook comments as well as officers approaching me at my seminars to describe how they have experienced, or are experiencing, people in supervisory roles that are just plain terrible. In contrast, I also hear from supervisors who try to justify such practices as the “modern way to lead.” They maintain that elect... Full Article »

Leading By GPS

Feb 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Jim Glennon

“Our sergeants literally sit in their offices, stare at their computers, and track where we are at by our GPS! They’re pathetic.” This is almost exactly what a police officer told me at a recent seminar, and it was corroborated by several others with him. I won’t say where because they were very concerned about what the ramifications might be if word got out they had criticized their “pathetic” supervisors. Sure, cops complain about... Full Article »

Painting of Police as Pigs Finally Down

Jan 18, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I’m a very imperfect person and ashamed of some of the decisions I’ve made in my life. I’ve lied to and hurt people I loved and still love, in moments of selfishness, childishness, and spite. I have been, and still am at times, weak, stupid and self-centered. That being said, I have a real hard time with hypocrites. And right now we’re chockfull of them. National Divisions I’ve never seen this country as divided as it is right now—... Full Article »

When in Doubt, Blame the Cops

Jan 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

60 Minutes recently ran a 15-minute segment on the skyrocketing violence and astronomical number of murders over the last two years in the city of Chicago. My dad was a Chicago cop. I was born in the City, lived in it until I was seven and still reside within its suburban borders, where I spent 30 years as a police officer. In other words, I’m more than well aware of what is happening a few miles from my front door. The carnage—more than 4,... Full Article »

Good Stop or Chicken Sh#t?

Dec 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

On Nov. 1, 2016, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Officer Lucas Jones stopped Jerime Mitchell because the rear license plate on his SUV failed to have illumination. It ended with the subject resisting and an assault on the officer. A shot was fired and the motorist was paralyzed—a motorist with drugs, scales and an apparent intent to distribute. So let’s start at the beginning to understand the violent ending. Good stop? It... Full Article »

Training vs. Learning

Nov 16, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

On October 29, in Haddon Township, N.J. a police officer made a traffic stop on Edmond Brown Jr., 38, of Camden. The reason was displaying a handicap placard while driving. "Do me a favor. Shut the car off," the officer said while standing outside the driver’s window. But instead of complying, Brown hit the gas. Instinctively the officer reached into the car, presumably to prevent Brown from driving away. Perhaps the officer’s intention w... Full Article »

The Apology Heard Around the World

Oct 27, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Wellesley (Mass.) Police Chief Terrence (Terry) M. Cunningham and President of the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population at the convention in San Diego last week. “While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future. For our part, the first step is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the... Full Article »

Bias: Implicit, Explicit, & Illicit

Oct 13, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Currently, we find ourselves lacking trust between segments of the black community and the police. It is a daily headline. A political issue. An agenda for many. Outside of all the noise we have a real issue that desperately needs fixing. That issue: The belief that this country’s police officers are unduly suspect of African Americans and use force against them at an alarming rate disproportionate to the population. The problem is a complica... Full Article »

300 Murdered White Kids

Sep 29, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The population of Chicago is 2.179 million people. Of that 2.179 million approximately 33% are black. As of this writing, Sept. 26, 2016, 3,218 people have been shot and 556 murdered in Chicago. Of those shot and killed approximately 95% are people of color. The vast majority are black. In contrast, DuPage County is the second most populated and the richest county in Illinois and lies directly west of Cook County and the City of Chicago. The po... Full Article »

How Many Is Too Many?

Sep 26, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

One is too many. No question about it. One person, just one, out of the over 300 million in this country, shot unjustifiably by the police is one too many. Goes without saying. Let’s all agree. When you talk about human lives no price can assigned. No tolerance of an unwarranted loss can be accepted. That being said, how many unjustifiable deaths at the hands of America’s law enforcement community should be expected annually? With more t... Full Article »

On Police Reform

Sep 23, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I keep saying the same two things over and over and over after the police fatally shoot someone, in particular black men, whether armed or unarmed: We need to wait for all the information to come out before we make definitive statements, condemn the officer, declare racism as the predominant factor in the decision to shoot and start tearing up neighborhoods that result in injuries and property damage. If the shooting winds up being unju... Full Article »

The Sad Case of Colin Kaepernick

Sep 14, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

This will probably bother some of my friends and colleagues but I couldn't care less that Colin Kaepernick is sitting, kneeling, or sleeping during the National Anthem. It’s his right. His First Amendment right as a matter of fact. If he wants to dishonor himself, that’s up to him. Most think he’s a petulant, hypocritical idiot. Others brand him a hero standing up for injustice. I still don’t care. I don’t like it. But I just don’t ... Full Article »

3 Deadly Falsehoods Gaining Steam

Aug 23, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric ensues. Even before the facts are out, people are busy attributing racist motives or systemic evils. And, un... Full Article »