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Lies: Where do You Stand?

Jun 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: David Magnusson

Before we delve into a most serious topic, before you read my article, let’s take a few minutes out and review a song, as I try move to make a point. Go ahead. Go YouTube “Lies” by The Knickerbockers. It’s OK. I’ll wait for you. [caption id="attachment_12417" align="alignright" width="193"] Want to write for Calibre? If you’re interested in having your work considered for publication in the Calibre Press newsletter, posted to th... Full Article »

The Odds of Another School Shooting

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

Another school shooting! These words used to numb me. Yes, they still do. But there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger that complements my outrage and sadness when I learn of such things. As a law enforcement professional, I think the last thing you ever want to lose is your ability to feel the compassion and humanity when you learn of something like this. Yes, we suck it up and tend to the matters at hand, but it just is not normal... Full Article »

Weight Classes Aside, It’s All Boxing

Mar 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

I was in a meeting recently where I was asked about my career in law enforcement. I told them I had gone from the City of Miami (retiring as a major) to the military City of Havelock, N.C., where I served as their chief of police for a little over three years. More than one person commented that there must have been a very huge difference. I replied, “In the amount of calls, you would be correct. But that’s about it.” Those in the meetin... Full Article »

How to Combat That Which You Don’t Know Is There?

Feb 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

First, the Stats I am highly concerned about the rising rates of ambushes/unprovoked attacks on law enforcement officers. You should be too. Moving forward in this article, I will drive home something that hopefully resonates with all of you. But first, some sobering statistics: From 1987 - 1996, 701 officers were feloniously killed in this nation. Of those, 76 were ambushed; 10.8% From 1997 - 2006, 562 officers were killed feloniously in the U... Full Article »

Leadership Lessons of Sports Radio

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

I was Jeeping around Miami this weekend prior to the start of the first round of playoff games. I had on my favorite sports radio show as I navigated around the horrid South Florida drivers. Being a diehard Rams fan, I really was not into the radio conversation too much. Now, don’t get me wrong: I wish the Dolphins well. It’s just that I, well, the Dolphins have not won a Super Bowl … since Nixon was in the White House. In any case, the ta... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By: David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Time for Introspection

Nov 03, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

It is good—no, let me rephrase that—it’s quite necessary for me to look in the mirror and carefully, honestly, and methodically self-assess what I am about. As a law enforcement professional, my self-assessment deals with my actions, as well as those of my brother and sisters who put on the uniform, pin on the badge, and walk out their homes every morning, afternoon, and night protecting the citizenry. Why the Need Now? I recently retired... Full Article »

To Be Your Own Cornerman

Sep 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

I start off with a quote from Sylvester Stallone. No, not, “Yo, Adrian.” And surely not, “Absolutely.” Rather, I start this article with something rather profound, “If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours. See what happens.” Yes, Sylvester Stallone said that. I got to meet him when he lived in Miami for a while. The Miami Police Department served the area he resided in. He’s a gentleman. I ... Full Article »

Leave a Message!

Jun 30, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By: David Magnusson

I think by now, you have come to realize that I try to make points via metaphor. Not everything need be police related. By this I mean, we, as law enforcement professionals, are also regular “Joes” and “Joannas.” We are the fiber of the community we protect and serve. Thus, I write a few things that should resonate as citizen. But being that we are cops, it should resonate even more. Why? Because of what’s it’s demanded of us. Get ou... Full Article »

Why I (B)Linked Out

May 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: David Magnusson

Catchy title huh? Caught your attention, right? Okay. Rest easy. There is nothing nefarious here. I am not going through any sort of crisis. There is no turmoil. It is merely a play on words.  In fact, I could have titled this article, “The Dangers of Social Media and the Long and Winding Road it Puts You On.” Yeah, I thought so. My original title is far better.  How it Started Here is my initial analysis. I joined LinkedIn in 2008. In th... Full Article »

The Most Important Part of the Cruiseship (Is the Part You Don’t See …)

Apr 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

I often write with a heavy dose of metaphor. This article is no exception. So for a few minutes, or however it takes for you to read this, please go along with me. Imagine for a moment that you are on a ship … Welcome Aboard You and your family just arrived at the docks. Excitement is in the air. You are about to set sail on a weeklong cruise to beautiful ports of call. You make it through the gangplank and come on board. Immediately you are... Full Article »

We Were Not Drafted!

Mar 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

This month’s article is going to be relatively short. This will be done purposely. There is a message to convey, and I have found that the shorter the message, the easier it is to absorb. I am sure there are many variations of what I am writing here, each one no less important than the others, each one important on its own merits. If you can take one or two or even three great points from each and every article that has been written about this ... Full Article »

Focus on the Receiver

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

No, this isn’t a manual for quarterback prospects. Besides, I kicked in high school—what do I know about passing? This article is about communications and the message the sender is trying to convey to the receiver. You may have heard some of this before, but it’s worth repeating. In fact, I have a perfect lesson that was based on my last article. Missing the Message I spoke in metaphors when I explained that by never taking a chance to ... Full Article »

You’ve Got to Throw the Right!

Dec 14, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: David Magnusson

Go to a mirror. Any mirror. Get into a fighting stance. Got it? Now throw your money punch: a straight right cross. (If you’re left-handed, that will be a straight left. Throughout the article, keep this in mind.) Throw it in real time a few times. Mix it up a bit. Get on the balls of your feet. Throw a jab then the right. Double up on the jab then thrown the right. I am very serious. Keep doing it. Jab-jab-right! Now slow it up a bit. Take it... Full Article »

Training for Your Life

Nov 08, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

Under my names are a few sentences that describe who I am and what I do. It reads something like this: Chief Magnusson is the chief of Havelock (N.C.) Police Department. He spent 30 years with the Miami Police Department, retiring there as a major. He is a graduate of American Military University with a Master's in Military history. Chief Magnusson also boxed as an amateur for twenty-six years. I am very proud of my 33 years in law enforcement.... Full Article »