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Academies Don’t Fully Train Rookies…Alone.

Jan 17, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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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
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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
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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 »

How to Increase the Odds You’ll Hit Your “Targets” in 2020

Dec 30, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

Well, here we are; at the end of another year. If you’re like pretty much everybody else, you’re looking at ways to make personal and professional improvements over the next year… crafting your annual New Year’s Resolution list. Hopefully, you’re looking at making improvements that will help you live healthier, happier and safer—all things we fully support, of course! Here are a few tips that can help you be more successful at reac... Full Article »

Cops, Addiction & A Ground-Breaking Place to Get Help

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

In 2016, Des Plaines, Illinois Chief of Police Bill Kushner was approached with an idea which aimed to solve a problem that had been around for decades. When he started with the Chicago Police Department in 1977, Chief Kushner remembers that the way incidents involving officers abusing alcohol or other substances ended up being more enabling than and preventative. Fast forward to 1989, “the age of enlightenment” as Chief Kushner, then a se... Full Article »

REACTing to Non-Compliance

Dec 20, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In our popular new textbook,  Street Survival II, we dedicate a section to issues related to compliance…and lack thereof. Compliance is extremely helpful to have but sometimes extremely difficult to get. Some suspects just won’t comply with commands. No surprise, right? But the way you approach that situation can have a crucial impact on the speed at which you gain compliance and the success you have in achieving it. Some officers believe... Full Article »

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 »

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