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Don’t Forget to Breathe

Apr 26, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

I’ve been a meditator for a little over five years now. I’ve been an editor and publisher working with first responders for more than twice that amount of time. I never saw the two as overlapping in anyway, until recently. Lots of interesting conversations have come up in the last couple of years—with cops and firefighters and EMS personnel, scientific researchers, military operators, athletes—and I’m becoming convinced that mindfulness... Full Article »

Fight Formula

Mar 21, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
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Size + Speed + Strength + Endurance x Skill x Heart= Fighting Ability What wins a fight? There’s no way to know for sure, but there are factors that can point towards success. When tied together, these factors create a formula to help officers figure out when and where to spend their time preparing for a fight. Fight Factors Size: Size matters. I love martial arts and remember fondly as a kid believing that my karate would enable me to overc... Full Article »

Picking a Combatives School

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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“I want to get better in a fight. Where do you think I should train?” At least one fellow officer asks me some variation of that question every week. I am flattered that they ask and happy that they are looking to train. Usually it’s from a recruit or newer officer, and when that happens, my first thought is always, “That is exactly where your mind needs to be right now.” Sometimes a veteran officer approaches me, and I realize that th... Full Article »

Our Gooey Blue Centers

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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I recently read an article on Calibre Press about a retiring Lieutenant’s hero: his wife. I find myself in a similar position. For my part, if there were ever a choice to make between my wife and my career, my career would take a distant second. She inspires me, keeps me human. For her I write this column. Aside from my wife, there are many people in my life who do this. I owe them all a debt of gratitude. To all of my friends and family who... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: On Eating …

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Shawn Perron

Most first responders don’t understand, or even know of, the concept of mindful eating. Most of us eat what we can, when we can. It’s the nature of our work. A meal happens in minutes or less. I’ve personally seen some impressive man-sized helpings shoveled in so fast it would cross the eye of cyclops. I’ve been told Marines eat like this for years. I’m no Marine myself, but I’ve known many (my father included) who have mastered the s... Full Article »

The Why? vs. The What?

Jan 21, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Tony Blauer

This post, unfortunately will likely produce two reactions. It all depends how you look at training. Therefore, my observations might appear judgmental and divisive to some of you. Most training is based on the technique model, where a complex motor skill is drilled over and over. Practice is sequential. A does this. B does that. In all our courses, instructor or end-user, we focus on the “Why?” vs. the “What?” More time is spen... Full Article »

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 »

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