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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 »

This Video Doesn’t Look Good

Jun 30, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

A man explains to arriving Lubbock (Texas) police officers that his request is both simple and reasonable. “All I want is my money back, bro,” he tells them. “My son couldn't enjoy his meal because somebody else was trying to insult us.” [caption id="attachment_8748" align="alignright" width="223"] WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.[/caption] Seconds later the man is screaming, “Police brutality bro!” As he struggles with police, his son is ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer Shoots During Domestic Call

Jun 22, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

[caption id="attachment_8688" align="alignright" width="300"] Images of the knives taken from the suspect. Taken from the Seattle Police Blotter.[/caption] Seattle police have released graphic dashcam footage of Sunday’s shooting by an officer of a domestic-violence suspect in the Central District. The video shows the man advancing on a female officer, who repeatedly orders him to drop two knives he is carrying. The officer fires several shot... Full Article »

VIDEO: Chicago Officer on Leave after Head Stomp

Jun 14, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

A Chicago cop has been relieved of his police powers as authorities investigate a video on Facebook that appears to show him stomp on a suspect's head while another officer struggles with the man. "After careful consideration and reviewing the video footage, Superintendent (Eddie) Johnson has decided to relieve one of the officers involved in the incident that occurred on the 3900 block of West Grenshaw of his police powers while IPRA investigat... Full Article »

SURVEY RESULTS: Policy & Training

Jun 08, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

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SURVEY ANALYSIS: Are We Training Warriors?

Jun 08, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

The false line championed by people who have a national platform is that law enforcement spends most of its training time preparing its officers to be Warriors: Command-and-control-types who are always on the offensive, force-focused, and taught to believe that nearly everyone is out to kill us. This, of course, is nonsense. Still, this untruth is perpetuated by many chiefs, ex-chiefs, training directors, and politicians. Chuck Wexler, who has ... Full Article »

Blauer Tactical: Sin City Symposium

May 23, 2016 in Defensive Tactics
By Calibre Press

Blauer Tactical Systems is back in Sin City for three consecutive events. If you missed last year's tactical trilogy you have plenty of time to plan for this year’s courses. 1. SPEAR Symposium (1-day) 2. The Personal Defense Readiness Camp (2-day) 3. The SPEAR:PDR Trainers Course (2.5 days, this is a certification) SPEAR System Summit Like last year, we will be holding our SPEAR Trainers Summit the day before the camp. This is designed for... Full Article »

Lessons from Brooklyn Park

May 23, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jim Glennon

Last week the chief of the Brooklyn Park, Minn., police department released a video from last November that shows Officer Sean Hyman in a fight for his life. The incident began as a simple loud music complaint. After initial contact with the car's occupant, 25-year-old Lance Carr, Hyman returns to his squad, where he learns that there was an active warrant for Carr. Hyman is advised that back-up is on its way as he approaches the vehicle again a... Full Article »

Lucky or Good?

May 20, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Tony Blauer

This is horrifying. You know the expression "I'd rather be lucky than good."? Well, this officer was damn lucky. I don't know the officer or the training he received, but it sure looks like he hadn't fully mentally or physically prepared himself to meet the 3%er (defined by BTS in the Spear System Trainer's Manual as "a violent subject willing to injure or kill you to facilitate their escape"). [caption id="attachment_8489" align="alignrig... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Tucson Police Release OIS Footage

Apr 26, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Tucson Police Department held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding the officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 16. Police released officer body camera video from the shooting incident. Carlos Alegria, 41, was shot March 15 after pulling a gun on officers, according to the TPD. Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the TPD, said police received a call about a man, later identified as Alegria, with a knife who was being aggressive... Full Article »

Reality–What a Concept!

Feb 23, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Patrol & Training

“Reality--what a concept!” Robin Williams [caption id="attachment_7987" align="alignright" width="260"] Don't miss Wes Doss at the annual Lights, Sights & Lasers U.S. Tour! Click here for dates and locations.[/caption] Reality is a buzzword. Reality has become a catch-all term used to sell to an eager audience. Reality--now a marketing term used to sell entertainment. Reality television, celebrity gossip, professional sports, movies... Full Article »

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