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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 »

Ambush Attacks on Officers

Feb 22, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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Type “police officer ambush” into an internet search engine and you will find numerous stories about a drastic increase in the number of police officers being ambushed. The Washington Post reports that police ambushes are at a 10-year high, USA Today has written that ambush-style murders of police officers are up 167 percent, and there are similar reports from NBC and Fox News. On July 7, 2016, a sniper opened fire on police officers in Dall... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Take a Deep Breath …

Feb 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

In last several articles we’ve learned about the myriad benefits of mindfulness techniques for any first responder (here, here, and here, for example). The foundational anchor for mindfulness is breathing. Even just a single breath can improve your situational awareness, lessen the impact of your body's stress response, and provide an increased sense of calm. So let's put all that together in relationship to how this can effect our daily w... Full Article »

FINAL TOUR: January 2017

Feb 10, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Thirteen officers were lost during January, 2017, a dramatic increase over January of 2016, when five officers were lost, but equal to the January loss in 2015. Of those lost last month, six died in vehicle-related incidents, five were killed by gunfire (one from an incident 31 years prior), one officer died as the result of a 9/11-related illness and one officer succumbed to a heart attack. A summary of each loss is provided below, followed by ... Full Article »

Firebreather: A Holistic Approach to Fitness

Feb 06, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today
By Crawford Coates

Physical fitness is a multibillion-dollar industry proffering up a ceaseless supply of shakes, supplements, gym memberships, social media accounts, and more—all of which, meanwhile, claiming to be the best. Who in their right mind would applaud the arrival of yet another fitness book? Here’s the thing: Greg Amundson’s Firebreather Fitness isn’t yet another fitness book. The subtitle is, “Work Your Body, Mind and Spirit into the Best Sh... Full Article »

WINx: Training for Mental Fitness

Jan 23, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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Police Suicide: What No One Wants to Say

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Law enforcement suicide: Whether it’s a problem of catastrophic magnitude, an infrequent anomaly, or a problem that simply doesn’t exist depends upon who you ask. The unfortunate reality is that we simply don’t know the extent of the problem because we, as a profession, have not had the stomach to face our mental health issues. Suicide is the final culmination of our much larger mental health issues that we continuously ignore as individual... Full Article »

Final Tour: December & 2016 in Review

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Seven officers died during the month of December and, while no line-of-duty loss is ever acceptable, the loss of seven is something of a respite after losing three times that many in November. That made November the deadliest single month seen in this country in more than five years. Of the seven officers lost last month, three were killed by gunfire, two died in vehicle crashes, one was assaulted and one succumbed to 9/11-related illness. The De... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness & Law Enforcement?

Dec 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

Case Western Reserve University has some of the latest information on comprehensive mindfulness research. Mindfulness programs are being implemented into corporate culture, business and management education, and gaining ground among scientifically and medically minded people. The U.S. armed forces is on board too. That’s right: Even the USMC and Army are now using mindfulness to improve workplace functioning, as well as mindfulness-based stress... Full Article »

Surviving Occupational Stress on the Inside

Nov 30, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Michael Orticelle

Law enforcement is one of the most stressful professions in the country. Officers deal with the worst of humanity and see the results of horrific accidents and crimes. They have a higher rate of post-traumatic stress than any other profession. Correctional officers work in one of the most toxic work environments in the country. They work in constant fear of injury and are exposed to society’s worst offenders. Working in these conditions for sev... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Cultivating the “Beginner’s Mind”

Nov 28, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

For more than 2,000 years Zen teachers and their students have used a “beginner's mind” approach in living peacefully and, at times, in training for battle or combat. Beginners mind—or “shoshin,” as it is called by Zen Buddhist practitioners—teaches or trains one to negotiate life with an attitude of open-mindedness, curiosity, and without preconceived ideas or thoughts. For samurais and modern fencing students “beginner's mind” ... Full Article »

Virtuosity on Patrol

Nov 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Greg Amundson

When it comes to the long-range and complete integration of an officer's mind, body, and spirit, it isn’t just about repetition. It's about mastery. When I was a Special Agent trainee at the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy in Quantico, Va., this principle was drilled into me by the lead DEA firearms instructor. We performed thousands of draws from concealment, thousands of dry fire trigger presses, and thousands of weapon manipulation d... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Facing Grief

Oct 06, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

Law enforcement is accustomed to grief on a daily basis. We grieve for our brothers and sisters in blue who are killed in the line of duty. But we also grieve with our communities at the scenes of shootings and car accidents, for example. What are the best ways we can support each other, our families, and communities when the effects of grief can be debilitating? Sometimes we can learning new ways to process tragedies requires simply rethinking ... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Conscious Breathing for First Responders

Aug 31, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Those who are passionate about mindfulness often get asked the question, “What is so important about breathing consciously?” Kind of a silly question, but I have always been of the “there-are-no-silly-questions” mindset. Anything living must breathe, right? So let us look closely at that life sustaining activity. How many breaths do you take each day? You've probably have never considered it. That would be first thing to note. Breathing ... Full Article »

VIDEO: The Fundamentals of Kokoro Yoga for Law Enforcement

Aug 23, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Yoga for police officers? That's right. Developed by SEALFIT's Mark Divine and instructed by Greg Amundson, CrossFit liaison to law enforcement and Calibre Press fitness expert, this yoga practice will restore a warrior's health and spirit!... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Extinguish The Flames of Burnout

Aug 03, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival
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Burnout associated with stress has become somewhat acceptable as part of a police officer’s daily experience. While we may accept that, most don't realize the extent of the toll it takes. Down-right dirty and dangerous, stress-related illness will takes just as many lives of officers—some studies say more—as gunfire from bad guys and vehicular accidents combined. Consider these statistics: 80 - 90% of physical ailments killing police offic... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer:  How Aware are You?

Jul 19, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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How aware are you (on duty and off)? Have you ever even asked yourself that question? I mean we are trained observers, right? In theory we are expected to have heightened levels of awareness of self and at least our surroundings. Given the current state of our countries sentiment, and the unprovoked targeting of police officers, simply because we wear a uniform, you have all the more reason to ask yourself these questions. What Is Mindfulness? ... Full Article »

Flipping the Script on Mental Health: From Treatment to Fitness

Jun 20, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Imagine that you’re out playing a game of afternoon football and you tear your ACL. No doctor would simply give you a diagnosis and some medications then send you on your way. Instead, you’d likely have surgery followed by regular physical therapy. You’d also learn more effective warm-ups and conditioning and use them on a regular basis to stay injury-free in the future. The same principles apply for recovery from post-traumatic stress inj... Full Article »

SURVEY RESULTS: Policy & Training

Jun 08, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

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