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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 »

Either Way, We’re Wrong

May 10, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Last August the Seattle police received a call from security at a local REI retail store. The caller reported that a man had just stolen an ice ax and physically threatened a female employee with the deadly weapon. Responding officers found the man, later identified as James Smith, walking down a sidewalk. The ax was clearly in hand. An officer advised dispatch, “He’s swinging an ice ax around.” The officers did their best not to intensi... Full Article »

Us vs. Them: Why Now?

May 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

When I began my law enforcement career over 38 years ago, the times they were a-changin’. I came in with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I don’t know what the percentage of college graduates in law enforcement was back then, but I believe it was less than ten percent. I took some abuse from the old school group, but, generally, education was already being encouraged. [caption id="attachment_10945" align="alignright" width="300"] Reg... Full Article »

Cop Charged with Murder: ANALYSIS + VIDEO

Apr 23, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

On Nov. 15, 2017, 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon called 9-1-1 and advised a dispatcher that he wanted to kill himself. The man didn’t elaborate on the how, but suicide was his intent. Oklahoma City police responded to the subdivision where Pigeon lived. They found the man walking around the residential neighborhood. In one hand he had a bottle of lighter fluid, in the other a Bic lighter. Now the police knew his method. Three officers engaged Pige... Full Article »

Citizen Review Boards & Bias

Apr 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

“I’m done, they make it impossible to do your job. I got 15 years left. They don’t care if I do or don’t do anything during my shift. As long as I answer my 9-1-1 calls and don’t get in trouble, they’re happy. So, I’ve totally shut down. Just like everyone else.” That’s a composite quote from literally hundreds of verbalized frustrations that summarize the general attitude of way too many police officers in this country. Travel... Full Article »

Looking for the Bad Guy

Feb 28, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Broward County Deputy Scot R. Peterson is a coward. On this point everyone agrees. His Sheriff, Scott Israel, publicly stated that he was “devastated, sick to my stomach” after learning about his deputy’s apparent refusal to enter the building looking for what turned out to be Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15.  When questioned about what Scot Peterson should have done, the Sheriff simply said, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer... Full Article »

A Tale of Two Cities

Jan 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

I just read two articles that struck a chord in me. It’s a chord that seems to be striking often these days. Both of these articles, the first from the Chicago Tribune and the second found on the website Law Enforcement Today, are exceptionally researched and written. They lay out facts, figures and realities about law enforcement and community violence. They speculate about the past, present and future in an effort to identify why community v... Full Article »

Bleeding Out

Dec 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

16-year-old Steven Rahor knew what he wanted to do right away. It was the beginning of his junior year and he was sitting in his social studies class when the teacher gave out an assignment. The teacher told the students that they needed to find a partner and create a video, set to music, with images that addressed a socially significant issue of the day. In the fall of 2016 the issues of the day centered around cops—and not in a good way. Po... Full Article »

The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

Nov 28, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

I often discuss in my seminars how I don’t actually have any true natural talents. I can’t hammer two sticks together. I have poor hand-eye coordination. I don’t know anything about cars and even less about guns (though I was a pretty good pistol shot). I don’t have a decent sense of direction. What I considered myself to be good at was getting confessions. Even more than that, I could read people. I certainly wasn’t perfect, but I was... Full Article »

You Can’t Lead, If You Don’t Know Your People

Nov 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, after WW II, gave a speech at a West Point graduation. In it he offered some sage advice to the cadets who were now officers. “You must know every single one of your men. It is not enough that you are the best soldier in that unit, that you are the strongest, the toughest, the most durable, the best equipped, technically—you must be their leader … That cultivation of human understanding between you and you... Full Article »

Have a Great Training Program?

Oct 10, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Law enforcement takes a lot of hits when it comes to, well, almost everything we do and every decision we make. Most of what the politicians, pundits, and media pushes about the collective of law enforcement is based on their own biases. Their characterization of law enforcement is supported by the use of skewed and cherry-picked stats that feed a narrative. In one specific area, I, in a strange way, agree with those who look to vilify us. Tr... Full Article »

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 »