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Mental Health Triage, Pt. 2

Jan 04, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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[Publisher's Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for Part 1: Tools for LEOs.] The police personality is mythical at best. At the root of much of the perception of this personality are fear and mistrust. When officers find themselves in need of mental health services, they are afraid they will be ostracized or labeled as weak or a “head case.” To avoid these labels, officers hide behind the persona of the police pers... Full Article »

Mental Health Triage: Tools for LEOs, Pt. 1

Dec 21, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
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In the world of law enforcement, the most noted form of trauma is an officer-involved shooting. But from a psychological standpoint that may not necessarily be the case. So-called normal or routine calls, over time—very often, in my experience—weigh heavily on officers and can lead to trauma. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it seems the profession finally recognizes that exposure to major traumatic events requires some form of p... Full Article »

The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

Nov 28, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I often discuss in my seminars how I don’t actually have any true natural talents. I can’t hammer two sticks together. I have poor hand-eye coordination. I don’t know anything about cars and even less about guns (though I was a pretty good pistol shot). I don’t have a decent sense of direction. What I considered myself to be good at was getting confessions. Even more than that, I could read people. I certainly wasn’t perfect, but I was... Full Article »

Watching Your 12

Nov 14, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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You’re a cop. What does this mean? It means you do what’s best in the interest of public safety. You control, regulate, and keep order for a living. What’s often forgotten? Controlling, regulating, and keeping yourself in order. Cops often say to each other, “Watch your 6!” That is, you must keep aware of what’s happening behind you and your partners, where bad guys lurk. But what about watching your 12? Who’s making sure you ar... Full Article »

Training for Your Life

Nov 08, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

Under my names are a few sentences that describe who I am and what I do. It reads something like this: Chief Magnusson is the chief of Havelock (N.C.) Police Department. He spent 30 years with the Miami Police Department, retiring there as a major. He is a graduate of American Military University with a Master's in Military history. Chief Magnusson also boxed as an amateur for twenty-six years. I am very proud of my 33 years in law enforcement.... Full Article »

FIT4DUTY #10: This Week’s Challenge!

Nov 01, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Tag us with your picture on any social media platform or comment your time on the Facebook (facebook.com/streetsurvival), Instagram or Twitter (@CalibrePress) post for a chance to win our limited edition #Fit4Duty Challenge Coin!... Full Article »

Fit4Duty #9: This Week’s Challenge!

Oct 25, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Video
By Calibre Press

Tag us with your picture on any social media platform or comment your time on the Facebook (facebook.com/streetsurvival), Instagram or Twitter (@CalibrePress) post for a chance to win our limited edition #Fit4Duty Challenge Coin!... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Lessons from Harvey

Oct 25, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Shawn Perron

Fully grounded in how much we often take for granted, in knowing that tragedy is part of our daily experience as first responders, the author hopes to share some of the more effective mindfulness techniques for this audience. This at a time when it’s hard to find a dry place to sit around my parts … About 75 miles southeast of Houston, Texas, and in the light of florescent bulbs, which is my least favorite light of all, I finally sat down. ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Fit4Duty Friday! #8

Oct 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

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FRIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

Oct 04, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

Tag us with your picture on any social media platform or comment your time on the Facebook (facebook.com/streetsurvival), Instagram or Twitter (@CalibrePress) post for a chance to win our limited edition #Fit4Duty Challenge Coin!... Full Article »

The Alarming Consequences of Police Working Overtime

Oct 02, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Training
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[Publisher's Note: We've been writing a lot lately about police fatigue and the importance of non-punitive close-calls reporting. Following is an excellent article from Governing.com on this topic, reprinted below with permission.]  Fatigue is bad for any work environment. But for police, the stakes are much higher. Officers have to respond to late-night calls, make split-second decisions and de-escalate tense situations -- sometimes in the mid... Full Article »

BLAUER: Lessons from a Vicious Ambush

Aug 15, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Tony Blauer

Every one of you should be drilling this video. Studying it.  What did you learn? It happens so fast. What would you do? Times up. Here's what I think. Let's ignore the background of the suspect, ignore how many times the officer repeated himself, let's just focus on the physicality: the attack, the ambush. Bottom line: Bad guys understand strategy and tactics too. Here’s what I see. Suspect has left hand exposed, right hand c... Full Article »

Mindfulness & First Response

Aug 15, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher’s Note: I recently spoke with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, a psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living, about what mindfulness practice is and how it can help first responders. The Center for Mindful Living is interested in helping first responders and is offering a webinar to Calibre Press readers, free of charge, entitled “11 Ways to Ease an Anxious Mind.”] What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of hav... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness-Based Therapy for PTSD

Jul 11, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Shawn Perron

One of the many things law enforcement shares with our military veterans who serve (or have served) is a propensity for chronic stress, fatigue, and depression. Many of these often fall under the umbrella of PTSD. Many current studies and medical journals routinely report how mindfulness-based therapies often outperform some of the more standard interventions and active treatments. One such study compared patient-centered group therapies with m... Full Article »

Building the D.T. Toolbox

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Training
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I'm a cop who's spent the last 12 years teaching defensive tactics (DT) to military and law enforcement personnel around the world. The goal of this article is not to promote or denounce any one defensive tactics system, but to simply offer suggestions on how to improve an agency’s current program based on my own experience. Tools & Toolbox I’ve trained cadre at various police academies around the nation and the primary philosophy that ... Full Article »

The Future of Defensive Tactics

Apr 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Richard Hough

In the last two months I’ve travelled to Baltimore to sit with fellow law enforcement trainers for the presentation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) recently developed Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program; from there on to St. Louis for the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Education and Training (ILEETA), where I presented seminars on the future of physical defensive tactics; an... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: The Mind-Body

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We have been taught from the earliest to make every effort to avoid, deny, and even escape any feelings or emotions that we label as unpleasant. Modern conveniences make this easier—smartphones, intoxicants, food and drink, earbuds, entertainment, etc.—and some of us get very good at ignoring or avoiding feelings such as pain, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. I mean, who wants to feel any of those things? Hell, it’s why they’re c... Full Article »

Honoring the Dead by Training the Living

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Below 100 owes its existence to a group of law enforcement trainers who realized that, with regard to line-of-duty deaths, it was time to say, “Enough is enough.” Too many of these deaths, they saw, were tragically preventable. More than six years later, our mission continues. Although we’ve made progress, there’s still a lot of work to do, work that includes not only Below 100 instructors, but every single officer across North America. ... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

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