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Improving Deescalation with Defensive Tactics

Jul 11, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The last article I wrote was titled “Building the DT Toolbox” and in it I suggested that when training recruits or novice police officers, an instructor’s primary focus should be to build their student’s “toolbox.” I then stated that the toolbox will be the “foundation upon which everything else will be built.” Notice that I didn’t state that the defensive toolbox will be the foundation upon which all other defensive tactics tra... Full Article »

Technology & Homemade “Ghost” Guns

Jun 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Mark Tallman

Recent years have seen rapid developments in manufacturing technologies like 3D printers and computer numeric controlled (CNC) mills. These tools are legal, multi-use, increasingly available, and hold tremendous beneficial potential. They've also brought renewed attention to homemade (or "DIY") firearms, fueling speculation about a new "ghost gun" epidemic. I've spent the last couple years researching this topic, reviewing hundreds of documents... 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 »

BODYCAM: Officer Attacked with Rifle at Traffic Stop

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy from Colorado reacted in an almost undetectable split second when Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, 25, suddenly emerged from what Deputy Brad Proux thought was a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. The motorist had a rifle in his hands and attempted to strike the officer as he alighted from his SUV. Deputy Proux, a six-year veteran, shot Rivas-Maestas once in the arm and held him on the ground until back-up... Full Article »

Building the D.T. Toolbox

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Training

I'm a cop who's spent the last 12 years teaching defensive tactics (DT) to military and law enforcement personnel around the world. The goal of this article is not to promote or denounce any one defensive tactics system, but to simply offer suggestions on how to improve an agency’s current program based on my own experience. Tools & Toolbox I’ve trained cadre at various police academies around the nation and the primary philosophy that ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoots Armed Man

May 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

From Shively (Ky.) Police have released additional details and body cam footage after an officer shot an armed man Thursday evening. It happened around 6:30 on April 27 on Valley View Drive, near Crums Lane. That's where police were responding to a reported suicide call. During a news conference Friday afternoon, Sgt. Josh Myers says Officer Chad Kolter shot William Bordeau twice. He was taken to University Hospital with a gunshot w... Full Article »

The Future of Defensive Tactics

Apr 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Richard Hough

In the last two months I’ve travelled to Baltimore to sit with fellow law enforcement trainers for the presentation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) recently developed Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program; from there on to St. Louis for the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Education and Training (ILEETA), where I presented seminars on the future of physical defensive tactics; an... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Textbook Kick-Trip

Apr 20, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

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Stopping the 5,000-lb. Bullet

Apr 20, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

The terrorist attack in London recently was yet another example of an increasing trend across the globe. Terrorists and lone wolf attackers using vehicles as weapons has become a common method for killing as many people as possible. We’ve seen these attacks in Sweden, Germany, France, England, and elsewhere. The availability of vehicles, and the sheer number of cars on the road, provide an attacker with an effective weapon that can easily go u... Full Article »

Back-Up Guns, Pt. 2

Apr 05, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

In part one, we talked about policy statements, training, qualification, and agency registration for back-up weapons. But I suspect that most readers want to hear about the documented and verifiable instances where police lives were saved by back-up (or secondary) weapons. So that’s what follows. Back-Up Gun Saves California: A Fresno officer assigned to a high school is attacked, knocked down, and beaten with a baseball bat by a 6-foot, 250-... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

EXCLUSIVE: New Russian Site Wants Your Password!

Mar 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Elijah Woodward

I recently taught Calibre Press’ Cyber Security seminar in Burien, Wash., and had some excellent discussions I’d like to address in this column. We actually did a few table-top exercises where groups were formed and they developed their own cyber attacks that could realistically, and quite easily, be carried out against their organizations. This highlighted areas where can easily start taking steps to rapidly improve our security. Two thin... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Florida Officer Indicted After Shooting into Car

Feb 21, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

From  An Oviedo police officer has been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated battery after firing his gun at a suspect revving his engine at him in September, according to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. Matthew Danler, 37, was responding to a call for help in the 900 block of Sharon Court on Sept. 1 when he and other officers approached a vehicle. The driver revved hi... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Police Officer & EMT Confrontation in Ohio

Feb 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

From  A bar fight in Downtown Portsmouth, Ohio Saturday night lead to a confrontation between a Portsmouth police officers and a member of a Life Medical Response ambulance crew that was caught, in part, on video. The portion of the dispute it does captures appears to show the officer with his hand at the EMS worker’s neck with the man’s back pushed up against a police cruiser. The Portsmouth police chief tells WSAZ-TV ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Wild Shootout in Chicago

Jan 30, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From The Independent Police Review Authority, in an effort to be more transparent, released video of another police-involved shooting on Friday. This police-involved shooting happened Thanksgiving weekend after a man was accused of shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach. Police were trying to locate 33-year-old Richard Grimes after they say he shot his girlfriend, and during the pursuit is when officers say he fired ... Full Article »

VIDEO: 3 Mass. Officers Fired for Use of Force

Jan 17, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

Three Agawam, Mass., police officers were fired last year by the city’s mayor after an excessive force complaint was filed. The incident involved an intoxicated and combative prisoner who resisted booking procedures and actively assaulted the officers. City officials reviewed video footage of the incident and the mayor disagreed with the police officers' actions and fired them. This week however, the Hampden County District Attorney, announc... Full Article »

The 5 Fundamentals of True De-Escalation

Jan 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jeff Shannon

“De-escalation” has become a buzzword in the law enforcement industry. A confluence of forces have thrust our ability to talk to people into the forefront of modern policing. As tempting as it is to critique these forces, I think we have to accept that the community, the courts, and our departments now expect a whole lot from us and our ability to talk to people—specifically, agitated people, in a rapidly changing environment, with lots of ... Full Article »

Training vs. Learning

Nov 16, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

On October 29, in Haddon Township, N.J. a police officer made a traffic stop on Edmond Brown Jr., 38, of Camden. The reason was displaying a handicap placard while driving. "Do me a favor. Shut the car off," the officer said while standing outside the driver’s window. But instead of complying, Brown hit the gas. Instinctively the officer reached into the car, presumably to prevent Brown from driving away. Perhaps the officer’s intention w... Full Article »

Training: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly

Sep 09, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Training

[Publisher's Note: Congrats to our good friend Sgt. Charles E. Humes Jr. (ret.), who was recently awarded the Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award by the Ohio Attorney General's Office! This was originally published in July 2010 by and is reprinted here by permission of the author.] So how’s your training? When you learn that you’ve been assigned to attend departmental training, do you look forward to the experience... Full Article »

We Have an Opportunity; Let’s Use It

Jul 26, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

Ah, to be right! There's an intoxicating aspect to self-righteousness: Ecstasy, exhilaration, perhaps a euphoric elation due to an endorphin release that comes with the belief that you're the one holding the high ground—it feels terrific. We are now experiencing quite the chasm in this country, especially when it comes to law enforcement and their supporters vs. people who believe police are at the very least part of a very broken criminal jus... Full Article »

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