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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 »

BODYCAM: Officer Dragged by Van; Van Flipped

Mar 07, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From  A Brooklyn (Ohio) police officer involved in a February pursuit that began when a suspect dragged an officer with his car did not get approval from a supervisor to ram the fleeing minivan with his cruiser, according to police reports and the department's chief. A review of the department's pursuit policy obtained by says that while officers are not required to notify supervisors that they intend to cha... Full Article »

BODYCAM: D.C. Metro Officers Save Man from Burning Car

Feb 23, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

From Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC body-cam video as officers rescue a man from a burning car after a crash in the 1500 block of Bladensburg Road, NE on the night of February 20, 2017.... Full Article »

Police Work Is Public Relations

Feb 08, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Kinaan

When I broke in at the Central Los Angeles Area of the California Highway Patrol, I knew I was going to be busy. I expected to be taught by my break-in officers the skills I would need to stay on top of my radio calls and my reports, and how to stay safe. What I didn’t expect was the lesson that I think was the most important one that I learned and the one that I tried to pass along to other officers throughout my career. That lesson was relat... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Blows Intersection, Slams Civilian

Dec 14, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

From  A Florida police officer was ticketed after slamming into a passing motorist’s car during a high-speed pursuit, leaving both the driver and the officer injured, authorities said. A civilian driver and a police officer were both injured in a collision in Ocoee, Florida, on May 12, 2016. Yahaira Castro Montalvo, 26, plans to file a lawsuit in connection with the violent collision, which left her with two broken arms, the Orlan... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Carjacking Suspect Rams Police Vehicle

Dec 08, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Wichita (Kans.) Police arrested a man accused of robbery and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Jeffrey Soileau, 29, was arrested Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. in a gas station parking lot. He is accused of carjacking someone earlier in the day, then ramming the car he was driving into a Maize Police vehicle. Police were responding to a disturbance call when a Maize Police officer noticed the suspect and vehic... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Utah Trooper Slams Wrong-Way Driver

Nov 22, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From A UHP trooper in Davis County used his patrol car to forcibly stop an intoxicated driver who was traveling in the wrong direction on I-15. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, it was reported that the vehicle was driving south on I-15 in the northbound lanes of travel, officials said. A trooper, who was positioned south of the reported location, was able to alert northbound motorists of the emergency situation by performing a... Full Article »

Essential Traffic Stop Considerations

Nov 21, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Guy Quaintance

Through the years, I have been given a lot of 'advice' regarding how to conduct my traffic stops. Some of that advice has been good. And some of it has been, well … shortsighted and rigid. Some agencies prefer their officers to perform stops in a certain way. Then they go silent on the topic once their officer is off of FTO. Unfortunately, that leads many officers to either do it one way (without knowing why) or to give very little thought on ... 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 »

The Long Ride: Still Worth It?

Sep 23, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Kinaan

In motorcycle training, the Skill Development Ride has long been referred to as the “Long Ride,” and with that name the training event has sometimes earned a poor reputation. It's often thought of as a day off, during which motorcycle officers take their departmental motorcycles to the beach for a nice lunch far from their beat. This poor reputation has caused many administrators, and others within the department, to question its benefit. In... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer Called Off before Fatal Minibike Crash

Aug 25, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

Trent Moses, 14, was killed by oncoming traffic only seconds after this Detroit police officer was called off the pursuit. From  Police said there was heightened security in the area due to shootings that happened earlier this week. It was then that police noticed the teen speed by on his minibike at around 9 p.m. Officers said they decided to call off the chase and pulled over to turn off their lights. It was only a brief ... Full Article »

When Efficiency Becomes Deadly

Jul 26, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology & Training
By David Kinaan

Distracted driving is a common term today. It's also a common practice. Despite laws regulating cell phone use while driving, we all see it everywhere we go. Driver’s texting, reading, talking—even playing games—on their phones, all while driving. We get frustrated behind them when the light turns green and they're not paying attention. We try to get around them as they weave down the road 10 mph under the speed limit. We laugh at them try... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Baltimore Driver Playing “Pokemon Go” Slams Cruiser

Jul 22, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Let this be a lesson to you all!... Full Article »

Where Do You Get Off?

Jun 21, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Podcast & Training
By David Kinaan

It’s a task performed by all motorcycle officers, and some officers have done it so many times that they may not really think about how they do it. Let’s take just a moment and talk about a few issues to consider when you mount and dismount your motorcycle. Considering It … Motorcycle officers routinely begin their day by mounting their assigned motorcycle. Whether you’re doing this in your garage or behind your station, do you take th... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Officer Fired Upon at Traffic Stop

May 31, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By Calibre Press

A man accused of shooting at officers Sunday in Miami Gardens appeared in court Monday, where a Miami-Dade County judge ordered that he be held in jail without bond. Gary Sprauve, 37, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder on a police officer and utilization of a firearm under the commission of a felony. He showed no emotion while appearing before the judge and his right hand was in a cast. Dashcam video from a police cruiser shows the... Full Article »

Springtime Tune-Up for Motors

Mar 30, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Training
By David Kinaan

Many riders have been off their motorcycles for a few months and are just now getting ready to get back in the saddle. Most will take the time to change the oil, check their tires, maybe check their spark plugs, and on and on. But how many will take the time to tune up their skills before they head out on the road? Some will take the time to enroll in a one- or two-day riding course, which can be a great opportunity to work on their skills with ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Deputy Shot at During Speedy Chase

Mar 24, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Video
By Calibre Press

The Smith County Sheriff's Office released dashcam video from a high-speed pursuit that happened Monday. The video shows a deputy chasing the suspect at a high-rate of speed. A short time later, sparks strike the road in front of the patrol vehicle and the deputy is heard screaming, "Shots fired!" Tyler police identified one of three suspects in the chase as Jeremy Robinson. His bond was set at $2,000,000. Robinson was located at a south... Full Article »

DUI Stops for Motors, Part 2

Mar 11, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Patrol
By David Kinaan

In part one, we talked about stopping our errant driver and directing them to a predetermined location. By having predetermined locations, then successfully directing violators to those locations, you will have with the best opportunity to conduct safe and effective DUI investigations. Considerations for the Stop Your predetermined locations should be a flat and level surface, away from the dangers of passing traffic, but easily seen and access... Full Article »

LPR: Preventing Problems & Making the Best of It

Feb 25, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology
By Dale Stockton

License plate reader (LPR) technology has definitely been a game-changer for law enforcement, proving invaluable in both patrol and investigative efforts. When combined with effective analytics, LPR is capable of ferreting out suspects in crime series and closing previously unworkable cases. However, as noted in a previous article on LPR, the technology has been in the crosshairs of civil liberty advocates who claim LPR is unnecessarily invasive ... Full Article »

DUI Stops for Motors

Feb 08, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Patrol
By David Kinaan

A common assignment for motorcycle units is a roving DUI patrol. Motorcycles are uniquely qualified for this type of assignment due to their ability to maneuver through traffic and look down on vehicles. They can quickly reach a vehicle that's demonstrated signs of impairment. The goal, of course, is to stop the vehicle before any harm can be done. If the driver is simply tired or otherwise able to remain alert, the vehicle may be able to continu... Full Article »

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