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Jesse Smollet: Corruption Alive, Accepted, Encouraged, & Endorsed?

Mar 26, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

In 1980 I became a cop. Went through the police academy, took classes and tests. One of those classes was on “ethics and policing” in today’s society.  The instructor was as passionate as I assume he was unethical. I learned a lot in that class. What did I learn? That ethics was no more than a word and the class simply something that the state said had to be taught. Was I—am I—cynical? You bet. But with reason. First, and quickly, e... 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 »

TargetSolutions at ILEETA

Mar 19, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand with training and operations management solutions for law enforcement agencies, will be presenting new product innovations March 19-20 at booth No. 411 during the 2019 ILEETA Conference and Expo in St. Louis. Over the past year, TargetSolutions released powerful new products and training courses for law enforcement through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. As a result, TargetSolution... Full Article »

PTSD Is Not a 4-Letter Word

Mar 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

In the summer of 2004, I was a mere intern working in the CSI lab, hoping to learn more about my dream job. Fifteen years later, I can still vividly see the first dead body I saw, half his head missing, due to a gunshot wound from a .44 handgun. I still remember picking up pieces of skull from halfway across the apartment complex parking lot where it took place and placing it on his body. I can still see the blood running down the street to the d... Full Article »

VIDEO: Cop Punches Cuffed Suspect Unconscious

Mar 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by LawEnforcementToday.com: DENVER — This video shows the moments an off-duty Denver corporal working security loses his temper and knocks a handcuffed man unconscious. The incident occurred last April at Jackson’s, a downtown bar, where Cpl. Oestmann was off-duty working security, reported KXXV. The retaliation by Oestmann occurred after the man spit on him. “The guy clearly assaulted the cop, but that’s for sure exc... Full Article »

The Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve Use of Force Standard

Mar 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Peter Ebel

Despite exhortations to institute a higher police use of force standard than Graham v. Connor –including from within our own profession—the law of the land remains that 1989 landmark case. Thank God. But the contest over the objective reasonableness standard continues to grow. And we in this noble profession had better pay attention. Moreover, we must do all we can to defend the case law that has guided our actions for some 30 years. The U.... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Fatally Shoots Man Armed with Pipe

Mar 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by KTLA.com: The night of July 1, one officer was sent to a parking structure at 1020 W. Civic Center Drive after someone who'd parked there called 911 around 11:30 p.m. upon spotting Donadony Blake Taylor standing near his vehicle and assuming he was trying to break in, according to the DA's report. Taylor was armed with a two- to three-foot-long metal pipe and a one- to two-foot metal stake, and was under the influence of amp... 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 »

Somebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger

Mar 02, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

I’m not a gun guy.  I’m not a member of the NRA. I’m not a hunter. I own zero rifles. If someone were to get me a subscription to Guns & Ammo or other such magazine as a birthday present, I would, after politely thanking them, immediately cancel that subscription. I’m just not fascinated in any way by guns. But, as a cop for 30 years, I was around guns all the time. I still am. Lately I’ve heard and seen—people I know, who are... Full Article »

VIDEO: Fresno Police Shoot Man on the Ground

Feb 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

[Note: Videos are provided here for reference viewing only, and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer’s own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment in responding to such live scenarios.] As reported by ABC13.com: Newly released video shows a deadly police shooting in March 2016, the second fatal shooting in si... 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 »

VIDEO: Napa Deputy Shot At, Kills Suspect

Feb 21, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As FoxNews.com reports:  A man pulled over for a traffic stop, rolled his window down, drew a handgun and opened fire on cops before being fatally shot by a deputy, graphic video released Wednesday by a sheriff's department in Northern California shows. The Napa County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday along a rural road near Napa. "It's graphic, it's brutal, it's sudden," Napa Co... Full Article »

How to Combat That Which You Don’t Know Is There?

Feb 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

First, the Stats I am highly concerned about the rising rates of ambushes/unprovoked attacks on law enforcement officers. You should be too. Moving forward in this article, I will drive home something that hopefully resonates with all of you. But first, some sobering statistics: From 1987 - 1996, 701 officers were feloniously killed in this nation. Of those, 76 were ambushed; 10.8% From 1997 - 2006, 562 officers were killed feloniously in the U... Full Article »

Our Security Allies

Feb 21, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

When Americans leave their homes for business or for leisure, there’s an expectation that they remain fairly safe while interacting with the rest of society. If not for the role of government, particularly as it relates to the function and availability of law enforcement, persons would be at greater risk of harm while venturing out into public, as well as at home. Cops make law-abiding people safer. That’s the idea. Beyond the basic service... Full Article »

Sovereign Threats

Feb 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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A subculture that exists in most communities around the United States, whose followers believe in bizarre, complex antigovernment sentiments. It has been growing at a fast pace since the late 2000s. Sovereign Citizens, as they are commonly referred, believe that they—not judges, juries, law enforcement, or elected officials—get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore. They don't think government has any business inside their lives. T... Full Article »

The Blue Line: Cowardice, Capitulation, & Politics

Feb 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

I admit I don’t know the complete history concerning the use of the “Blue Line” in law enforcement. I do know that I’ve been in this work for nearly 40 years, and my father and grandfather were cops. And in every way, the Blue Line has always been a symbol of honor, of sacrifice, of unity and, when necessary, of mourning and bereavement. Former Police Commander Timothy Roufa penned an article last year titled, “What Is the Thin Blue L... Full Article »

GRAPHIC: Police Shoot Homicide Suspect Armed with Knife

Feb 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Seattle Police Blotter:  Northgate Homicide Suspect Killed Early Thursday In Officer-Involved Shooting Written by Public Affairs on February 7, 2019 8:04 am Seattle Police and the King County Sheriff’s Office are conducting separate investigations into an early-morning homicide, and subsequent officer-involved shooting, that occurred early Thursday morning in the Northgate neighborhood. At 3:25 AM, officers from th... Full Article »

The Right Stuff

Feb 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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In 2016, John Glenn left this Earth for his third and last time. As a kid growing up, I was fascinated by our country’s original seven Mercury astronauts who rocketed into the skies. Glenn was a major player before, during and after his first space mission. Some years after his historic orbital flight, he returned to the vastness on the space shuttle. To this day, one of my favorite movies is The Right Stuff. It tells the story of eight men: ... 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 »

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