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Due Process or Mob Rule?

Sep 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

I’m a real emotional guy. My wife says I live in “full color” with my heart and every other passion on both sleeves. My opinions are shared easily with those I’m close to and they often make it into my columns and books.I’ve been asked by loved ones how I—someone so quick to emotion—could function as a commander of investigations and run a major crimes task force. How could I keep those passions, those emotions, so quick to appe... Full Article »

9/11: Have We Forgotten the Sacrifice?

Sep 11, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

At around noon on 9/11 - the actual 9/11/2001- our homicide task force was called out for a murder that just occurred.  As the Investigations Commander I was apprised of the situation while driving to what would be the command post at the West Chicago, Il PD.  Besides the obvious hell that was breaking loose nationally we had our own coincidental explosion of hell that day. Our murder suspect was a Middle Eastern immigrant.  He had... Full Article »

Does the NBA Really Want Change or Just a Day Off?

Sep 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic last week in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man shot by a white officer in Kenosha, Wis. three days before.“Some things are bigger than basketball.” said Alex Lasry, senior VP of the Bucks showing support and solidarity with his players.While the shooting of Jacob Blake captured on video is disturbing—any shooting i... Full Article »

When Legislators Endorse the Breaking of Laws

Aug 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Legislators in both the state and federal governments exist to represent the people. In theory, they hold these positions to pass laws and protect the tenets of the Constitution.The legal decrees they envision, propose, debate, and enact should only become laws if they benefit the citizenry and are designed to keep people safe from negligent and criminal behavior while upholding the framework of the Constitution. In a nutshell, their... Full Article »

What’s It Going to Look Like When Police Protection Dries Up?

Aug 10, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Virtually every time I step in the shower, I start to have the very same thoughts.It begins, not surprisingly, with the water.Once the liquidized combination of hydrogen and oxygen is warmed to what I deem to be the perfect temperature, I step into the ceramic enclosure, stand directly beneath the shower head, and revel in those few moments of heaven.Eventually my eyes open, and for some reason I look up at the shower head and fixate ... Full Article »

Deescalation: Completely Misunderstood, Employed & Trained

Aug 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Editor's note: We continue to receive heavy feedback on this article and hear it referenced often in national discussions regarding deescalation. In light of its popularity we're republishing this for those who didn't see it the first time it ran. Be sure to register for the new "Deescalation, Intervention & Force Mitigation" courses we're got coming up. Click here for the schedule.=======Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard the ter... Full Article »

Should it Be Illegal to Harass a Law Enforcement Officer’s Family?

Jul 13, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Politicians purposely step into the limelight. It’s a conscious decision. In most cases, it’s also a calculated decision. They do it for a variety of reasons: power, authority, a desire to enact change, fame, money. Some do it for reasons known only to them. Some are noble; some, well…not so much.Once engaged in the political arena, they expose their entire lives to public scrutiny. Nothing is private anymore. Not their finance... Full Article »

Defund or Defend the Police?

Jul 06, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

“DEFUND THE POLICE!” “ABOLISH THE POLICE!”These are the rallying cries being shouted by many as I sit writing this column. Never in my lifetime did I ever think such demands would be bellowed by so many different people—at least not at the level we’re all hearing it now. Of course, I’ve heard these demands before, but they were always spouted by small, fringe anarchist groups that no one really took seriously.Well, ... Full Article »

I Agree: Reform the Police, But the Devil’s in the Details

Jun 25, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

The push from many quarters of this country (both the sane and insane) is that law enforcement as we know it needs to be reformed.I agree.I’m not kidding, I totally agree.And no, I’m not capitulating to the hysterical throngs who have no idea about the realities of law enforcement and the statistical truths regarding use-of-force incidents.I was on the job for over 29 years and have been in the law enforcement business for a l... Full Article »

Now’s Your Chance: Reflections on Father’s Day

Jun 19, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

[Editor’s note: It’s become an annual tradition to run this piece by Jim Glennon in honor of Father’s Day. We send our respect and thanks to every father, grandfather, and anyone who plays the role of a father, as well as every parent, relative, friend and person who lends guidance and support to kids everywhere.]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... Full Article »

It’s D-Day: Where Are Our Leaders Now?

Jun 01, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

The president is in a bunker.National monuments are defaced.Dozens upon dozens of Secret Service personnel are wounded and injured.Cops have been shot all around the country. Some are dead.Citizens watch as their life’s work—their hearts and souls—are burned to the ground.People are being beaten by the hordes.Communities are in fear.Who is committing all of this violence, all this destruction, and spreading the f... Full Article »

“Get Off His F***ing Neck!”: Where Do We Place the Blame?

May 29, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

“Get off his f***ing neck!”My wife heard me yell the unedited version of that sentence at least a dozen times the other night.I was watching the now infamously brutal cell phone video taken in Minneapolis. It showed a police officer who had his left knee positioned squarely on the neck of George Floyd as the man laid face down and cuffed behind his back. For well over seven minutes, the officer is seen kneeling on and crouched over Mr... Full Article »

Should the Constitutional Cop be Fired?

May 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Port of Seattle Police Officer Greg Anderson, a former Special Forces soldier who served in combat theaters overseas, is in the news.He may be fired. Why?Anderson made a video and posted it to social media. The video essentially addresses the need for officers to uphold their oath to the Constitution of the United States and resist enforcing “tyrannical orders” decreed by state governors around the country—decrees that are unquestio... Full Article »

Trust Us…Or We’ll Send the Police?

Apr 22, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

Ultimately, in the end, enforcing social distancing rules, falls to the cops.Governors in 42 states have declared edicts restricting constitutionally protected and inalienable rights; an edict that two months ago would have been unimaginable and unquestionably illegal.  Even perhaps treasonous.But each of these governors actually have the authority to “suspend” these rights according to their respective states’ Constitution.&nb... Full Article »

Another Impossible Task for the Average Cop

Mar 26, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued an astonishing threat a few days ago and it was aimed at large segments of her city’s population.“If we have to — because you are not educating yourselves into compliance and if you are not abiding by these very clear, but necessary stay-at-home orders — we will be forced to shut down parks and the entire lakefront,” the mayor said.The new mayor said that she noticed swaths of people outside y... Full Article »

What? When? How?

Mar 18, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Jim Glennon

The Difficult and Critical Decisions we Face During this Crisis On Feb. 27, firefighters in Rocklin, CA, a suburb of Sacramento, responded to a call to help a person who had fallen. During their contact, the patient coughed on the firefighters. Days later, that patient tested positive for coronavirus and three of the responders subsequently had to be quarantined for 14 days.At that time the police, other first responders, and everyone e... Full Article »

“Hahaha! Not one officer in this department would recommend anyone work for us!”

Feb 28, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Calibre Press conducts a seminar all around the country titled, Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation. The course is exactly what it sounds like, though we talk about all generations, as well as the evolution of the profession. We also discuss the multitude of current problems that have resulted in low numbers of recruits (especially women and persons of color) and early retirements.The two-day class is conducted by a team of instruc... Full Article »

Legally Justified Shooting … But Was it Avoidable?

Jan 22, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

A concept gaining steam but causing confusion, angst, and anger... It’s interesting--and sad--that when a police shooting makes national news, the term “police violence” is almost always used.People look for any opportunity to place blame on law enforcement.  They dissect the videos and point to anything that can transfer blame from the perpetrator to the police. We hear things like…“He used no de-escalation tactics before he ... Full Article »

Are You Prepared, Off-Duty, for Evil in that Moment?

Jan 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

It’s been reported that Jack Wilson, a range instructor with a law enforcement background, had "eyes" on Keith Kinnunen right away.  Something wasn’t quite right about him. He was standing along the side wall toward the back of the church wearing a long, seemingly unnecessary coat and what observers reported as an “obvious” fake beard and perhaps a wig.  Police officers describe bystanders’ intuitive responses to Kinnunen in several w... Full Article »

The Actual Systemic Failings in Law Enforcement

Nov 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Jim Glennon

If there are any true systemic issues within law enforcement—common, institutional troubles that transcend the 17,000+ completely separate law enforcement agencies—and if it’s even possible to have collective and universal negative commonalities permeating the core of every police organization in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—then they’re not what is regularly pushed by the media.It’s not pervasive racism.It’s n... Full Article »