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Lazy? Become a Cop.

Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

Hear me out... How many people in this profession really care about officer safety? When I ask that question in leadership classes, all of the bosses emphatically say that they do. And I believe that they believe it. They guarantee that they really do care about the safety of their officers because of course - they do. They want their officers to stay safe—no question. And in a deadly moment, each would risk their lives to save one of ... Full Article »

Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer?! – Here we go again…

Aug 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

Last week I wrote an article about mass shootings and the rush to point fingers at the other side of the political spectrum. It observed the propensity of politicians to lob blame at others for causing this country’s divide and creating a climate of hate—a climate which, as those politicians believe, incited a pair of separate deranged individuals to pick up guns and perpetrate murderous rampages. I cited politicians—including the presid... Full Article »

A Climate of Hate: Who’s to Blame?

Aug 08, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

Another couple of maniacs murder innocents. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s a quote often attributed to Rahm Emmanuel that generally means ‘exploit a crisis to advance a political agenda or gain a personal advantage.’ As soon as I heard about the carnage in El Paso, I asked my wife how long it would take before politicians started casting blame and using this incident for political benefit. Well, needless to say, they... Full Article »

VIDEO: Another Water Assault in NYC

Jul 25, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

Another video of NYPD officers being doused with water by a crowd of people laughing and cheering has surfaced. This is the third such video make headlines in the past few days. This one apparently was in the Bronx, while the first two were in Brooklyn and Harlem. What appears to be over a dozen young people walk out onto a busy street as the officers are sipping beverages on the sidewalk at the corner. Several men, it appears, walk up with bu... Full Article »

More Than Just Buckets of Water

Jul 23, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

NYPD officers were hit with objects and, very disturbingly, doused with buckets of water by residents as they attempted to make arrests in Harlem and Brooklyn over the weekend. The two separate incidents, both caught on video, are beyond disturbing for me as a police officer. My first thought upon viewing was, “Turn around and grab the first person you can who was committing these crimes on the officers!” My second? What the hell has become ... Full Article »

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 »