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Cop Charged with Manslaughter for Shooting Knife-Wielding Attacker in the Back. Your Thoughts?

Mar 15, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

An Oklahoma City police sergeant has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter for shooting a man in the back three times. A man who seconds before attempted to kill another sergeant, charging him with a knife in hand.The charging document, filed by a homicide investigator, included the following: Mr. Edwards (the deceased) charged Sergeant Duroy with the knife before he changed directions a... Full Article »

Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol?

Jan 10, 2021 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

A loaded question and a loaded title, right?Calibre Press articles generally focus on police training and decision-making is an essential part of all training. We also address issues that impact the profession and today we find ourselves with no lack of impactful issues.Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol?I repeat the title because decisions to use force, especially deadly force, are unquestionably the most critical an... Full Article »

The Myth of Mechanical Application When Dealing with the Irrational

Dec 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

"…the test of reasonableness under the Fourth Amendment is not capable of precise definition or mechanical application."100% of the people who give their opinions about an officer’s decision-making process and subsequent conduct during an interaction with a citizen captured on video, are giving those opinions in the aftermath. While viewing said video they are experiencing zero stress. As they sit sipping their extra-large Cinnamon Roll F... Full Article »

VIDEO: Suspect Ignores Cops, Pulls a Gun, Points at Them, Then Himself…Now What?

Dec 07, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

While on patrol two Phoenix, AZ police officers came across an altercation between a man and a woman in the street. They stopped to investigate in order to find out what was happening.Here's video of the encounter:, the man involved walked away from the officers as they approached.Now what?Well, I guess it would depend on what they saw and what they believed to be happeni... Full Article »

VIDEOS: Mental Illness, Armed with a Knife, Threatening Violence, Now What?

Nov 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

In Philadelphia, PA on October 26, 2020, police received a call from a woman who advised she was the daughter to a mother and father who were both being abused by their son. She stated on the 911 recorded line that “they called the cops earlier and the cops is not doin’ nothing he’s over there hitting my mother and father. He got a case for being violent and everything, he got a whole record.”The police arrived and immediately encount... Full Article »

Video: Officer Attempts to Deescalate and Gets Stabbed in the Neck

Oct 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon After a short chase, a deputy caught up with the man and tried to keep him calm and deescalate. But once the deputy went to handcuff the man, he produced a knife and stabbed the deputy in the neck.The title may imply that I’m discouraging officers from attempts of deescalation when dealing with disturbed and/or emotionally charged individuals, which of course is not true.Calibre Press has courses that specif... Full Article »

Knife Attack, Taser Deployment, Officer Stabbed

Oct 06, 2020 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

On September 5th Chicago Police officers responded to a stabbing call in a park at approximately 1:40 a.m.Upon arrival, three officers, one of whom was a female sergeant, came upon a 34-year-old man holding a large butcher-type knife.Officers were wearing body cameras that were activated and in the video of the encounter, you can hear officers shout orders at the man, including, “Put your goddamn hands up. Don’t be reaching for nothin... Full Article »

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 »