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No Bacon On Your Birthday: The Struggles of Adversity

Dec 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest son’s 16th birthday. He was a late riser that morning - not much of a surprise for a Sunday. My wife and I had just finished our breakfast of bacon and eggs when my son came shuffling out of his room. “I smell bacon,” he said, as he headed towards the kitchen. I called out that all of the bacon was gone, but I may as well have told him all of the world’s bacon was forever gone, never ever to retu... Full Article »

Candid Post-Shooting Advice From a Cop Who’s “Been There”

Dec 11, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

The days, weeks and even years after a deadly force encounter can be extremely stressful for reasons we don’t need to explain. One deputy, who throughout his career had been involved in several shootings--three of them fatal--and had investigated more, felt compelled to share insider thoughts on what he felt fellow officers should be aware of when engaging, and hopefully helping, an officer-involved in an OIS. He generously reached out to Ca... Full Article »

Are Today’s Officers Ready for a Fight?

Dec 04, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

Calibre readers weigh in. Last week, Calibre Press columnist Shane McSheehy’s article, Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face? questioned whether today’s younger officers are really prepared for a fight. The query is one Shane actually uses in his training. “It’s a fairly straight forward question I ask each recruit I instruct during day one of his or her academy defensive tactics block,” Shane says. “Normally, and oftentimes predict... Full Article »

7 Ways You Can Help Families of Fallen Officers

Nov 25, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

The loss of an officer in the line of duty has a deeply painful impact on the department, the community and ultimately, the nation. But the most painful blow is dealt to the officer’s family, whose worst nightmares are suddenly realized. The lurking fear that the “goodbye” said before a shift might be the last has suddenly become an unimaginable reality. It now falls to those left behind to serve and protect that family. Here are a few t... Full Article »

News Media Mind Manipulation

Nov 22, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Technology
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If you knew that the news media was manipulating your mind, would that concern you? It should. And they are. The news media decides what to report, and - more importantly - how to report it. The media controls what the public sees, hears, and ultimately believes. This should concern every police officer in every department. When viewers repeatedly see and hear on the news that cops are shooting unarmed African American males, the subc... Full Article »

How to Stay Awake on Duty, Then Get Some Sleep

Nov 04, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

As we mentioned in our earlier article, These Can Kill Cops, lack of sleep and reduced alertness can pose a serious threat to you. One of the usual suspects that contribute to cop drowsiness are shift changes. They’re inevitable, challenging and can, if not appropriately handled, be dangerous. With that, here are some tips for staying alert on duty and then getting sleep after a shift change. To stay alert on patrol: Expose yourself to... Full Article »

Insider Advice for Reporters Covering Active Shooters, Hostage Takers, Etc.

Oct 23, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

As intense critical incidents play out you can bet cameras will be rolling, social media will be exploding and reporters will be swarming. Think back and it’s a safe bet you can remember a time when you watched - in real-time - terrified people, maybe even young students, streaming out of a building while tactical teams maneuvered to engage an active shooter. In essence, the pool of viewers, which could include the suspects themselves if they h... Full Article »

How to Spot Armed Suspects

Oct 21, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Most officers who get shot are caught by surprise – but does that have to be? If you know how to read subtle cues that indicate concealed carry, you may be able to anticipate that you’re dealing with an armed subject and gain a preventive edge of timing and positioning? Sgt. Jeffrey Kleinsmith, the US Secret Service uniformed division, shared techniques used by agents who protect the president to spot gun-toters before they strike. “This... Full Article »

Are your schools ready for an active shooter?

Oct 02, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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A down & dirty security assessment. One of my departmental responsibilities is to help prepare area schools for an active shooter event. Before my team and I teach prevention and response strategies at a school, we like to do a walk-through of the campus, in plain clothes, to assess the general level of security and preparedness of the facility and the staff. Here is what we look for. Ease of entry. How easy is it to enter the school... Full Article »

10 TIPS: For “Keeping it Together” After a Bad Call

Oct 01, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

(Originally Featured on PoliceOne) If your tendency is to clam up after a rough day and to completely avoid work talk, consider changing your ways. The news is never lacking for some seriously horrendous incidents, from chilling incidents of child abuse to people killing their family members before killing themselves, to officers being assaulted and murdered. It goes on and on. What’s the common denominator in all of these incidents? Cops... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: 6 New Honorees Join LEO Hall of Fame

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Calibre Press

Amid a mix of emotion, celebration, humility, and pride, six new inductees were recently ushered into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in lasting honor of their dedication to excellence in policing. A multi-state audience of more than 200 family, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement supporters witnessed the luncheon ceremony in a suburb of Toledo, OH, where the Hall of Fame was founded in 2017. The program was produced by ... Full Article »

Are you Making the Worst Decision of Your Life?

Sep 25, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

As made crystal clear in Calibre’s Street Survival II book, one of the most critical cardinal rules of officer survival is to wear your vest. Sounds obvious, but it’s a fact: Some officers don’t wear them. The list of justifications is long - and dangerous. “It’s uncomfortable.” “It’s too hot.” “I ride a desk so I don’t need a vest.” “I’m the Chief/Sheriff/Captain/Lieutenant. I’m not on the street anymore.” “I’... Full Article »

“Assumed Realism” – What is it and what does it mean for law enforcement?

Sep 06, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training
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When people watch critical police incidents on video, it is important to remember that they undergo the same perceptual processes as they would if they were experiencing the event directly. That is, they (1) take in what they see and hear; (2) compare that input against the databanks in their minds pertaining to what they know or believe about the world; and (3) form their interpretations of the experience. This, along with normal emotional react... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: New Knife-Attack Decision

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

Court ponders how far is close enough to be an “immediate” threat Is it reasonable for officers to shoot an on-rushing knife-wielder at an estimated distance of 55 feet…or does the so-called “21-foot Rule” suggest that a would-be attacker that far away does not yet pose an immediate threat justifying deadly force? That question is the core issue in a case of alleged excessive force brought before the US Court of Appeals in the nat... Full Article »

Social Media Practices for Executive Staff

Sep 03, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
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The majority of police departments in the United States now have some sort of presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor; and that’s a good thing. When used correctly and effectively, departments big and small can successfully manage critical incidents by posting timely information and dispelling rumors. They can also build a narrative that negates national assumptions around why we elect to go into a profession that’s sole mis... Full Article »

Are You Ready?

Aug 26, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

Within the last month, we’ve experienced a mass shooting at a festival in California, another one at a Walmart in Texas, and yet another on a crowded street lined with busy bars in Ohio. We can discuss for days the issue of assault weapons or the steps we can take to put a halt to these incidents; I am certain we would have some good debates no matter where we stand on these issues. But I am not going down that road—at least not today. Rat... Full Article »

Off-Duty & Retired Cop Carry Considerations

Aug 23, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In the new training textbook, Street Survival II, published by Calibre Press, co-authors Chuck Remsberg, Lt. Dan Marcou and Lt. Jim Glennon share some important off-duty carry considerations for both active and retired officers. Here’s what they have to say: If you carry off duty, there are some critical realities to keep in mind. In most cases: - You don’t have a radio. - You don’t have immediate backup. - You’re not wearing ... Full Article »

Suicide By Cop: 15 warning signs that you might be involved

Aug 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

One of the worst nightmares in law enforcement is a "suicide by cop" situation. These highly pressurized, seemingly no-win incidents threaten you tactically, emotionally and should the shooting end up in court -- and it likely will -- possibly even legally and professionally. Dr. Barry Perrou, Psy.D, a former crisis negotiation team commander, is a leading expert on the suicide by cop phenomenon. He served as a contributor to a book, "Suicide ... Full Article »

Racism: What Does it Really Mean?

Aug 19, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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If you work in law enforcement, there’s a chance you’ve been told that you are racist. This battle cry is oftentimes baseless and is usually the result of someone being upset with an officer's perfectly reasonable words or actions. A well-founded accusation of racism is usually the kiss of death for a police officer's career. Law enforcement supervisors are especially shy about protecting officers accused of racial misconduct; the racist d... Full Article »

What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Aug 16, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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 9 Characteristics & Tips for Contact 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 increased by nearly 300%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted studies on the prevalence of Autism using eight-year-old children bor... Full Article »

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