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The Emperor is Naked

Jun 24, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

A headline from the Chicago Sun-Times two weeks ago: “High-ranking Chicago cop in hot water with [Mayor] Lightfoot for taking vacation as summer violence spikes." Days later it was still a banner headline on city newscasts. It was discussed ad nauseum in the media. Meanwhile, the emperor rides butt-naked past the shrilling voices that see the obvious nudity on display. They dare not speak of it. For those of you unfamiliar with the concep... Full Article »

The Scapegoat of Broward County?

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

On Tuesday it was announced that the Broward County deputy who failed to confront the Parkland school massacre gunman has been arrested on child neglect and other charges. Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested for his “lack of action” during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass school shooting in February of 2018. He was charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence,... Full Article »

Calibre Press On the Move

Jun 03, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Over the last eight years since Lisa and I became co-owners of Calibre Press, the momentum of the company has accelerated … a lot. Demand for Calibre training has dramatically increased. We revamped the bestselling Street Survival book and released Street Survival II, which was a monumental task and a major step forward for us and for all of law enforcement. We’ve expanded our course offerings, introduced new products and formed new relation... Full Article »

National Police Week

May 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The Calibre Press team once again joined the blue masses in Washington, DC to participate in the annual National Police Week activities. As always, the event was marked by an intense and counter-balanced range of emotions and by the end of the week, I must admit, we’re all emotionally and physically spent. So, why do we go? I think that’s an important question we should all ask ourselves every year at this time. Not just those of us who hav... Full Article »

Jussie Smollett: Corruption Alive, Accepted, Encouraged, & Endorsed?

Mar 26, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

In 1980 I became a cop. Went through the police academy, took classes and tests. One of those classes was on “Ethics and Policing” in today’s society.  The instructor was as passionate as I assume he was unethical. I learned a lot in that class. What did I learn? That ethics was no more than a word and the class simply something that the state said had to be taught. Was I—am I—cynical? You bet. But with reason. First, and quickly, e... Full Article »

Somebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger

Mar 02, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I’m not a gun guy.  I’m not a member of the NRA. I’m not a hunter. I own zero rifles. If someone were to get me a subscription to Guns & Ammo or other such magazine as a birthday present, I would, after politely thanking them, immediately cancel that subscription. I’m just not fascinated in any way by guns. But, as a cop for 30 years, I was around guns all the time. I still am. Lately I’ve heard and seen—people I know, who are... Full Article »

The Blue Line: Cowardice, Capitulation, & Politics

Feb 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I admit I don’t know the complete history concerning the use of the “Blue Line” in law enforcement. I do know that I’ve been in this work for nearly 40 years, and my father and grandfather were cops. And in every way, the Blue Line has always been a symbol of honor, of sacrifice, of unity and, when necessary, of mourning and bereavement. Former Police Commander Timothy Roufa penned an article last year titled, “What Is the Thin Blue L... Full Article »

Police Use of Force: The Reality

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

A police officer using his or her firearm, shooting and taking the life of another, is as serious as it gets for civilian law enforcement interacting with the citizens they are paid to protect. There is, and should be, a visceral response, by most everyone to such an event. In addition, there is, and should be, an examination of the facts, concerning what happened and why after every shooting scenario. But, in this day and age, where being firs... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Shoots into Fleeing Car

Dec 05, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By: Jim Glennon

[Note: These videos are provided here for law enforcement reference viewing only and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer's own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment responding to such live scenarios.] In December 2013, Chicago police officer Marco Proano, 42, fired 16 shots at a stolen car filled with several... Full Article »

A Conversation with My Daughter

Nov 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

On Monday afternoon one of my daughters, Kara, called me. There was a sense of urgency as well as desperation in her voice. “Do you see what’s going on at Mercy Hospital?” Mercy is a southside Chicago general medical center chartered as the first hospital in the city, I’ve learned in the last few days, in 1852. “Some asshole just shot a doctor and a cop!” With that I flipped on the television and there it was all over the local news... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot? Part II

Oct 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Last week I addressed the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and the absolute need to use unbiased critical thinking when analyzing the event. I specifically wrote about the default and immediate characterization of any perceived wrong by a police officer as an abuse of power because of one, or all, of the following reasons: Racism (individual and/or systemic) A callous, remorseless, violent and cruel poli... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot?

Oct 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Last week Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the fatal shooting of knife wielding Laquan McDonald. The 16 counts were related to every bullet the officer fired at the man. All rounds came out of his service weapon in two bursts of gunfire, the second of which occurred while the teenager was lying on the ground. Van Dyke faces a minimum 10 years in prison. Living... Full Article »

Are the Police Ever Not to Blame?

Aug 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Highland Park, Mich., police responded to reports that a woman was threatening people and breaking windows at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church on June 24. Upon arrival police officers learned that the woman also assaulted a 13-year-old girl visiting from Virginia. The officers met with the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Bullock, in the parking lot area of the church. Rev. Bullock told the officers that he believed the suspect "migh... Full Article »

The Debate Over Memory

Aug 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Radley Balko of the Washington Post writes often about the police. Never, as far as I’ve seen, favorably. In his July 31 column, “Study: ‘Cooling-off periods’ don’t help cops remember officer-involved shootings,” he writes about the practice by some agencies of letting officers calm themselves, sometimes for days, before giving a formal statement. To Balko, this is an outrageous abuse of power. He cites some research that involved p... Full Article »

The Proactive Policing Problem

Jul 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

In this country there are cities—actually particular neighborhoods of cities—that are, if we are to be honest, shooting galleries. Gang and territorial issues, personal slights, drug enterprises in conflict—all result in remorseless criminals firing their weapons at other human beings. Often their tactic is to drive by and spray an area with bullets in the hopes of hitting their intended target. If they miss and hit a 4-year-old sitting on ... Full Article »

Morals and Morale: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

I’ve been in law enforcement for 38 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. I’ve also seen a consistency in some protocols and behavior when it comes to organizational knee-jerk reactions by bosses to complaints and/or the ever-changing political winds. Some of those reactions include management kowtowing to the media masses and assigning their officers to ass-covering ‘check-the-box’ training. Often the two go hand-in-han... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Man Shot in the Back

Jun 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

Anywhere you look for this incident, whether websites, traditional newspapers or on the TV and Cable news channels, you will find that this incident is tagged with some form of this phrase, “San Francisco cop shoots man in the back.” After the NBA finals where some California team was crowned champions, I guess, the San Francisco Police Department prepared their officers for revelers over imbibing with drink of the alcohol kind. A young off... Full Article »

Now’s Your Chance

Jun 18, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

I’m a third-generation cop. My dad was a Chicago cop, and his dad was a Chicago cop. Never knew my grandpa. He died when I was 11 months old. My Mom’s dad died before my parents ever got married. Consequently, I’ve never called anyone “Grandpa.” But now I’m a Grandpa. And I can’t describe how happy it makes me. Having grandkids is such a blessing, as is watching my sons be fathers. All good ones. But every day—every single solit... Full Article »

Since When do Police Abolitionists Dictate Police Training?

May 22, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The shooting death of Philando Castile rocked me as it rocked this nation. Horrific to watch: a man bleeding and dying, his girlfriend live streaming and calmly narrating events, a child wailing in the background, a police officer with his gun drawn, pleading with the woman, obviously in anguish himself … And just one day prior, on July 5, 2016, police in Baton Rouge, La., shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling. This was also captured on vi... Full Article »

Headaches in Miami

May 17, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

I recently wrote an article titled Us vs. Them. It resulted in a number of comments and emails. The premise of the piece was that most of the divide in 2018 between the police and the public can be blamed on the media, pundits, and politicians. Needless to say this provoked some contrary responses. Most of them were respectful. Some, not so much … Those who questioned my hypothesis pointed to the many examples of police misbehavior found al... Full Article »