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Carnage Report

Aug 21, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Guy Quaintance

NHTSA—National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for those who don’t know—and the other various alphabet-soup government agencies who keep track of roadway statistics tend to attribute the major causal factors of collisions on physical mechanics that are measurable. I understand this and accept it, because we have to start somewhere. While it’s true that excessive speed is a major causal factor in collisions, it’s even more true th... Full Article »

Moving Faster Than Thought

Jun 15, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

[Publisher's Note: A version of this article was originally published by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association’s (ILEETA) Journal. Spring Edition 2018 Volume 8, edition 2, pgs. 14 & 15.] It was a very hot afternoon in South Texas. I was conducting reality-based scenarios using force-on-force drills for a class I was facilitating since early in the morning, a class where the audience shared a diverse backgro... Full Article »

Cover Officer Tactics

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities of the cover officer. ... So I asked permission from the great folks at Law to reprint an article authored by yours truly that originally appeared in... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lessons from Reaching into a Car

Jan 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Tony Blauer

There’s a reason he couldn’t let go and it has to do with fear and physiology. He’s not the first cop to grab the car of a fleeing suspect. It never ends with the cop slowing the car to halt like some superhero. The grab is an unconscious reaction to the suspect’s sudden non-compliance. Trust me, he wasn’t hanging on because he thought it was a good idea. At a physiological level, the crossed-extensor reflex (CER) contracts durin... Full Article »

Focus, Awareness, & Perspective

Jan 04, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

"You have the attention span of a gnat." Have you ever known someone like this, or been accused of this yourself? I imagine that some people have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time due to medical issues or their general state of mind. But could it also be attributed to the nature of a person's environment, or their job? Could it be that, given certain situations, having the attention span of a gnat is actually a good thing? Focu... Full Article »

Working Holidays …

Dec 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Joseph Padilla

Working the holidays can be interesting for police officers and other first responders. New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July are usually busy for cops, but many of the other holidays are quiet. Holidays can be emotional times for everyone. It’s common knowledge among cops that the Christmas season can be a lonely time for some people. A November 28, 2010, Psychology Today article stated, “One North American survey reported that 45% of respo... Full Article »

My Apologies …

Nov 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

This is an apology to the person who thinks I snubbed him the other night. It will, I hope, serve two purposes. It will make me feel better because I have been thinking about it for a few days and it has really bothered me. It will also serve as an explanation to many in the community for what may be perceived as a "slight" to them by officers of the law. We may seem hurried, uninterested, bothered or even fearful at times. While all of these pe... Full Article »

Preventable Collision?

Oct 31, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By David Kinaan

The term “preventable” can be a hard word to stomach—especially when you were just involved in a traffic collision that may have been your fault. It might imply that you should have known better and you did something wrong or failed to take an action that would have avoided the collision. Not an easy thing to accept when you’re a cop. As a cop, you are given the public’s trust. You have a tremendous amount of pride in accepting that t... Full Article »

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 »

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