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The #1 Killer

May 17, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

The work of first response comes with occupational hazards, including psychological injury. Knowing and accepting this is the first step. Beyond that, how do we build resilience throughout our agencies and ranks? Register here.  And when stress becomes acute, how do we best support our brothers and sisters in weathering the storm? When: May 29, 10 a.m. PDT Cost: FREE REGISTER NOW.  Addressing these critical issues is Dr. D... Full Article »

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

May 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

Mindfulness is, at this point, an almost meaningless concept for many. It reeks of an attractive middle-age woman sitting cross-legged in a field of grass with OK signs planted on each knee. She’s ridden a bike here, it seems, and eats lots of salad, and doesn’t do much more than that. How many times, furthermore, have I heard it suggested that we “mindfully” brush our teeth? Do the dishes? Clean house? And if you were to put the adverb ... Full Article »

No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

Apr 08, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Daniel Flippo

I recently found myself standing in line at a local grocery store, grabbing a few items on my way home from a long day at work. As I stood there next in line, I heard the cashier tell the customer ahead of me, “Yup, there are no bad days.” She agreed, replying, “Yes, it’s all about your attitude.” No Bad Days It must have been one of those days, or perhaps it was that I was tired and had been contemplating the loss of eight officers ... Full Article »

The Go-Bag

Mar 19, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Publisher's note: The following post was first published by Lexipol and is reprinted here with permission. For more about Lexipol--and more exclusive content--visit www.Lexipol.com.] From the academy to retirement, most public safety careers impact the lives of those closest to the employee—friends, parents, siblings, a spouse, children. Everyone in the extended family, at some point, will experience unique challenges as part of a public saf... Full Article »

Your Career in Crescendo

Mar 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

Ever since he was old enough to crawl, a boy we know has proven to be very excitable. He’s usually moving at high speed generally, but can reach supersonic levels in no time. For example, when his mother plays certain parts of his favorite songs on the piano, he hits top speed. Top speed happens during the moments of crescendo in the song. He feels the buildup and can hardly contain himself when the music reaches its maximum volume and intensit... Full Article »

Emotional Competence

Feb 26, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

Once while driving I reached down to turn on the radio for some music, only to discover the radio was already on. I had done this a few times before. Curious this time, I paused and backtracked what I had been thinking and feeling. I realized I was anxious and looking to be distracted from my own thoughts. We do this in ways big and small: When we feel depressed, sad, or bad in some way, we seek something that will make us feel different. The lis... Full Article »

The Power of One Time

Feb 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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2019 marks the 30th year I’ve been involved in Japanese martial arts. During my 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to have trained with a number of Japanese Masters. I’ve found many parallels from the martial arts context to the law enforcement profession. None of the wonderful teachings I have received seem to be as timely or as profound as the Japanese idiom “Ichi-Go Ichi-E,” which translates to “One time, one meeting.” In Japanese, ... Full Article »

Taking Care of the Human Behind the Badge

Jan 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Editor’s Note: This article is from the Cordico Law Enforcement Wellness App, which also provides audio content from Chief Tejada to help law enforcement develop a strong mindfulness practice.] Unlike most other professions, law enforcement is an emotionally challenging and often physically dangerous career. The nature of policing places law enforcement officers in situations where trauma is unavoidable, chronic stress and post-traumatic st... Full Article »

Training Scars

Jan 30, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Peter Ebel Peter Ebel

We in law enforcement wear our scars proudly. The ones on the exterior are reminders that this is the most noble profession known to man. We put ourselves in harm’s way for other people’s lives and property. And they make for some pretty good war stories. The internal scars do not always serve the same purpose. They are reminders of moments about which we might not be proud, of horrific things we have seen, when we have witnessed what has b... Full Article »

Cop Think: Get Your Mind Right About Wellness

Jan 09, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

When I apologized to my barber for being too cynical, he replied, “That’s okay, I think you know too much.” Society asks police officers to approach or confront strangers on its behalf. This is what patrol officers do for a living. Many of these strangers are not society’s success stories. What these strangers hide in their pockets, their waistbands, their minds—all is unknown to the officer. What will happen when an officer closes the... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Remembering the City as It Was

Nov 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well.  As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »

Tactical Paraphrasing

Nov 30, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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‘Active Listening’ dominates discourse on ‘deescalation,’ at least as far as classes and training seminars go. As for using it in the field, however, that’s another story. The Problem You are in a situation where you are trying to calm down an agitated individual. In classic form of active listening, the officer is told to use stilted language like: “What I hear you saying is …” or “What you are sharing with me is …” The ... Full Article »

Sucker Punched

Nov 13, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Richard Hough

On the street, in jails and prisons, in the home, at work, occasionally even on an airplane, one person assaults another. This seems to be an inevitable part of the human condition, most often performed by males of the species. What sometimes is surprising is that even with the presence of what most people would consider a deterrent, many people will engage in the fight or simply strike another person. People, it would seem, often don’t conside... Full Article »

Flu Season & Fire Season!

Nov 05, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today
By Sam DiGiovanna

This is the time of year we remind communities in the wildland/urban interface of the dangers of wildland fires. In truth, fire season is year-round, but when the deadly Santa Ana winds kick up here in Southern California where I work, the risk skyrockets. So we use the fall season as a reminder to residents to follow the "Ready, Set, Go" model of wildfire preparation. But there's another dangerous season out there we need to be aware of. Virus... Full Article »

Even Cops Get Depressed

Oct 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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I was a police officer for 30 years, I’ve taught Criminal Justice for 14 years, and I’ve dealt with Major Depression Disorder for 20 years. The purpose of this article is to describe my experience with Major Depression, which may assist police officers who are experiencing symptoms of depression or know someone with depression. What Happened As Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I loved my wif... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Barriers to Harmony & Enthusiasm

Oct 26, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Shawn Perron

What’s the current temperature at your precinct or station house? How is morale or group energy among shifts or precincts where you work? Why do these questions matter? Simply because these things highly affect our performance and our willingness or ability to work together as a team. Because we all SHOULD be concerned with identifying those specific things which can often distract our attention, our awareness. Anything that will diminish,... Full Article »

The Myth of Pain Compliance

Oct 02, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Almost 20 years ago, I attended a conference and listened to law enforcement trainer Phil Messina talk about the problems of using pain compliance to stop a violent attacker. This was well before I went into law enforcement myself, and, at the time, I scratched my head and wondered why he was spending so much of the limited class time to make an argument that seemed self-evident. After all, the act of attacking someone is inherently painful. If s... Full Article »

Why “Deescalation” is Becoming a Problematic Word

Aug 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Violence is always ugly. A lot of the public believes, however, that if the violence justified, it will look as clean as a John Wayne movie. If it looks disturbing or if someone (other than an officer) is hurt, all too many people assume that police must have done something wrong. In increasing numbers of cases, particularly when it involves someone who may (also) be suffering from some form of emotional or mental disability, the talismanic phr... Full Article »

First Responders & Their Spouses

Aug 28, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Once upon a time, the current co-owners of Calibre Press were not married. They were dating. They were in Atlantic City for the storied Street Survival Seminar. Jim was teaching nearly 400 cops. When one of the facilitators didn’t show up, Lisa took over. Part of her charge was selling books. On top of the box of possible books to sell was a press copy that intrigued her.  I Love a Cop, was the title, and she read it. She married Jim, they la... Full Article »

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