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Here’s a Twist: Serve with Tough Skin but a Soft Heart

Sep 20, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
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It’s no secret that the relationship between citizens and police officers has soured over the last few decades. However, scenarios, where officers encounter confrontational citizens, are not new experiences. It’s just human nature and human nature is not always pleasant. I’m not making excuses for anyone but it’s a fact of our condition as humans and peace officers must embrace that. The interesting thing about human nature is that it ... Full Article »

Beyond the Routine Traffic Stop

May 30, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Robert J. Kicklighter

“You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.” ---T. Blauer One of the bizarre things Keith Richards said was, "I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem." Now, two young men in Brunswick, Ga., can concur. On a hot and muggy Saturday morning, tempers flared between Cedric Ramsey, 26, and a female in a yard in Brunswick. A nearby citizen called 911 as a result. Ramsey and a friend, Ronald Ulmer, 35,... Full Article »

The Familiar Sounds of Law Enforcement

May 01, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

Law enforcement is one of only a handful of jobs where all the senses are engaged much of the time. There are obviously distinct sights and smells that officers encounter throughout their career. However, there are sounds that law enforcement hear so often that they never seem to go away throughout an officer’s life. The following is a short list of just a few of those. Sirens: Of course, this one is a little obvious, but the sound of a polic... Full Article »

Crash Reconstruction & Drones: The Gateway Drug

Oct 23, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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If you were a child of the '80s and grew up during the "War on Drugs" era of Nancy Reagan "Just say no" slogans and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) programs spreading through schools in the U.S., then you’re no stranger to what a gateway drug is. In case you aren’t familiar with the definition of a gateway drug I will save you the Google search: It’s a habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of ot... Full Article »

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
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[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 Officer.com 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
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"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
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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 Cleveland.com:  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 cleveland.com 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 OfficialDCPolice.com: 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 KTLA.com:  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 KWCH.com: 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 StGeorgeUtah.com: 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 »

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