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What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Sep 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sgt. Stefan Bjes

 9 Characteristics & Tips for ContactEditor's note: Given increasing focus on law enforcement's interaction with people with Autism we're reprinting this article from an earlier Calibre posting.When I began my law enforcement career I had never heard of Autism. As new recruits, we never received any training regarding the condition or how to safely interact with individuals who have it.In the last two decades, Autism diagnosis have... Full Article »

New Study: Expert vs. Novice Use-Of-Force Decision-Making

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

New research has revealed specific differences in how “expert” officers think compared to novices in dealing with contentious confrontations—and these findings may help trainers more rapidly educate recruits to make better use-of-force decisions.The research—limited but revealing—was led by Dr. Laura Mangels, a sociologist at the University of California-Berkeley. Her team found that experienced cops were far better at identifying ... Full Article »

“…serious and violent offenses will still be fully enforced.”

Apr 01, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Advice from the IACP on Policing in the Pandemic In a recently released document, COVID-19: Alternative Methods for Delivering Essential Law Enforcement Services, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) shared timely advice for navigating the tricky balance between public safety and public health.“In light of the public health risk that Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents and the pressing need for law enforcement ... Full Article »

Law Enforcement: The Original Social Distancers

Mar 20, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By Richard Hough

Some public servants are uniquely positioned to understand the immediate risk of bad things. Soldiers deployed to active zones, firefighters entering burning structures, corrections officers on the block, and yes, law enforcement officers on so many of their calls for service.These professionals increase their margin of safety through training, the proper use of proper equipment, and by surrounding themselves with a tactically sound team they... Full Article »

DAILY! Conversations with Calibre Podcast

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Podcast & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Editor's Note: Although the current health situation has impacted officers' ability to access training, for the time being, our dedication to keeping you trained and informed has not diminished. Starting today we will begin posting daily training Podcasts for all officers to listen to.Stay safe, stay healthy and know that we're here for you.Conversations with Calibre: Road Safety March 20th, 202o https://youtu.b... Full Article »

“Hahaha! Not one officer in this department would recommend anyone work for us!”

Feb 28, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Calibre Press conducts a seminar all around the country titled, Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation. The course is exactly what it sounds like, though we talk about all generations, as well as the evolution of the profession. We also discuss the multitude of current problems that have resulted in low numbers of recruits (especially women and persons of color) and early retirements.The two-day class is conducted by a team of instruc... Full Article »

“Hate Me For The Right Reasons”

Feb 21, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Art Carlos

I’ve been practicing, studying, and teaching some type of combat discipline for the last 40 years. For 30 of those years, I’ve been continuously involved in martial arts. I’m fortunate enough to have had some phenomenal martial arts teachers over the years, and I’d like to share one of the more abstract lessons I learned from one of them.The teaching moment came after a particularly hard physical training class about 20 years ago. I w... Full Article »

Are You Ready For the Really Tough Questions?

Feb 19, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

Prepping for a media firestormLaw enforcement attorney and media consultant, Lance LoRusso, is a vehement proponent of hitting negative news reports, particularly those that spread inaccurate, skewed or flat out false information, head-on. As LoRusso sees it, sitting by and not taking prompt action while damaging information is proactively spreading, “not only makes it difficult to climb the curve when attempting to correct the negative ima... Full Article »

Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Officers

Feb 04, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Part 2 of a 2-part series In the first installment of this series, we dove into an iconic FBI report, In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement, authored by law enforcement researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller. This groundbreaking publication, first released in ’97, revealed a wealth of officer survival insights they surfaced after evaluating 40 shootings and other serious assaults on police.Altho... Full Article »

Court Rules on Cuffing Injured Subjects

in Driving & Roadway & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Also: Truths & Myths of CEWs  -- New Court Decision on Handcuffing Injured Subjects Earlier this year a federal district court in Indiana offered some important reminders about the usually mundane procedure of handcuffing a subjectIn this case, two officers and their municipality were denied a favorable summary judgment on charges of excessive force and battery because of the way one officer handcuffed an injured subject and because th... Full Article »

Complacency in Action

Jan 31, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Spencer Turley

I’ve attended many training classes in which the instructor warned against complacency and its associated dangers and I’ve heard various definitions of the word: A feeling of security while being unaware of potential dangers, or the state of being content, or failing to pay attention.I’ve heard suggestions about how to avoid complacency, like breaking up a routine, playing the “what if” game and volunteering for a new, unfamiliar as... Full Article »

Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Officers

Jan 29, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-part series In their iconic FBI report, In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement, researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller revealed a wealth of officer survival insights they surfaced after evaluating 40 shootings and other serious assaults on police. Since its release in ‘97, focus on the report has diminished but the information it contains is just as valuable as it was when it first appe... Full Article »

10 Tips for Handling School Calls

Jan 27, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

There are several unique challenges you may face when responding to school calls. Here are several important officer safety tips to keep in mind when dealing with students and reporting to schools:1. Know the layout of the school. Schools are a maze of hallways, blind corners and one-way entrance/exit rooms that can pose serious tactical challenges. Familiarize yourself with the layout of your local schools, particularly those that may h... Full Article »

Use of Force: Time to “Geek It Up”

Jan 24, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Blake

7-steps toward expertise. Who is your go-to person for all your use of force (UoF) needs?Is it the same person I often see selected by default? The range master? The arrest and control instructor? The grizzled SWAT guy? Many of these oft-named individuals have a focus on practical skill sets such as shooting accurately, martial arts, or close-quarters tactics, but they don’t always have a breadth of deep knowledge regarding what I call the... Full Article »

Legally Justified Shooting … But Was it Avoidable?

Jan 22, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

A concept gaining steam but causing confusion, angst, and anger... It’s interesting--and sad--that when a police shooting makes national news, the term “police violence” is almost always used.People look for any opportunity to place blame on law enforcement.  They dissect the videos and point to anything that can transfer blame from the perpetrator to the police. We hear things like…“He used no de-escalation tactics before he ... Full Article »

Academies Don’t Fully Train Rookies…Alone.

Jan 17, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Lt. Pete Ebel

When my cell phone rang, I was glad to answer. The call was from a buddy - not some robocall promising lower rates or baiting me into giving up banking information.But it didn't take long for that to change."Are you still teaching at the academy?" he immediately asked."Of course," I answered."You guys have to start giving us fully-trained police officers.""Great idea," I replied. Then I hung up, knowing that would make my poin... Full Article »

Cops Helping Cops After Trauma

Jan 15, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

In an earlier Calibre Press article we shared tips on ways investigators can help, not further harm, traumatized officers after a force event (see below for a link to that piece).In light of the popularity of that article, we’re now going to share tips for any officer on how to help support a fellow officer after a traumatic event. Note: Remember that although a shooting ranks among the most traumatizing, there are scores of other experienc... Full Article »

A Cop’s Candid Story: Confronting Anxiety and Depression

Jan 13, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sgt. Charlie Eipper

Some time ago, I attended a mandatory mental health briefing with my Gang Task Force officers. Approximately 60 other officers and dispatchers were present. The speaker was a nurse practitioner who specialized in mental health care. During the briefing, she presented a PowerPoint slide that listed six items. She said, “If you have experienced any two of these six symptoms for more than two weeks, you are clinically depressed.”Those sympto... Full Article »

A Toddler’s Death Sparks Mourning…and Training

Jan 10, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Sgt. Cathy Riggs, LAPD

Recently, officers I work with responded to a call that no law enforcement professional ever wants to answer: a toddler was found floating face down in a pool. After the incident, the officers were shaken.  They told me that while they were driving to the call, they were discussing infant and child CPR and preparing themselves for the situation. They just couldn’t remember some of the more specific techniques.Police officers are generally ... Full Article »

5 Tips for Testifying After a Shooting

Jan 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

In their powerfully written and impressively thorough new book, Deadly Force Encounters, 2nd Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, prominent law enforcement behavioral science consultant and trainer, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, and seasoned law enforcement veteran and award-winning author, Loren W. Christensen, include a wealth of information related to virtually every topic associated with deadly force. (Get a copy. You will not ... Full Article »

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