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“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 »

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 »