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BODYCAM: Officer Shot, Suspect Killed in New Orleans

Jan 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

As reported by  New Orleans police plan this week to release an edited version of the body-worn camera or other video footage captured during a Jan. 4 officer-involved shootout in Treme that killed a civilian and wounded an officer, NOPD spokesman Andy Cunningham said Tuesday (Jan. 15). Reporters will be able to view the full, unedited video footage at NOPD headquarters on Thursday, accompanied by an “explanation from NOPD leader... Full Article »

Passenger-Side Approaches

Jan 17, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Dave Grossi

Dateline: Columbus County, N.C. Trooper Kevin Conner was gunned down on October 17, 2018 by a 20-year-old suspect driving a stolen truck. The suspect, a probationer, opened fire on Conner as the officer made his approach up to the vehicle. Conner, 38, was an 11-year-veteran of the NCHP.  Dateline: Fairfield, Calif. CHP Officer Kirk Griess was struck and killed on August 10, 2018, by a distracted driver talking on his cell phone. Griess was st... Full Article »

VIDEO: New Year’s Shooting in Seattle Investigated

Jan 17, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Seattle Police Blotter:  The Seattle Police Force Investigation Team (FIT) continues to investigate the New Year's Eve officer-involved shooting that occurred in the Licton Springs neighborhood. In the interest of transparency, and in adherence to SPD policy, the department is releasing dashcam and bodyworn video of this incident. The following video shows the suspect running from his car during a traffic stop, as well as a physical ... Full Article »

Leadership Lessons of Sports Radio

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

I was Jeeping around Miami this weekend prior to the start of the first round of playoff games. I had on my favorite sports radio show as I navigated around the horrid South Florida drivers. Being a diehard Rams fan, I really was not into the radio conversation too much. Now, don’t get me wrong: I wish the Dolphins well. It’s just that I, well, the Dolphins have not won a Super Bowl … since Nixon was in the White House. In any case, the ta... Full Article »

Police Use of Force: The Reality

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

A police officer using his or her firearm, shooting and taking the life of another, is as serious as it gets for civilian law enforcement interacting with the citizens they are paid to protect. There is, and should be, a visceral response, by most everyone to such an event. In addition, there is, and should be, an examination of the facts, concerning what happened and why after every shooting scenario. But, in this day and age, where being firs... Full Article »

Vector Solutions Expands Capabilities, Acquires CrewSense

Jan 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press

TAMPA, FL and GRANTS PASS, OR – January 8, 2019 - Vector Solutions, the leader in industry-focused eLearning and performance support solutions, expands its capabilities with the acquisition of CrewSense, the leading employee resourcing and human capital management software for mission-critical sectors including public safety, utilities, and manufacturing. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Grants Pass, Oregon, CrewSense is used by over 650 m... Full Article »

An Open Letter to Police Leadership

Jan 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

In the first two weeks of 2019 we have already lost seven law enforcement officers in the United States. Six in the line of duty and one to a domestic violence incident (off-duty). That’s one every other day. One of the officers killed in the line of duty this year was my friend Officer Dale Woods of the Colerain Township, Ohio, Police Department. The department is located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Woods was struck and killed by a pas... Full Article »

VIDEO: Attempted Homicide of Sacramento Officer

Jan 10, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Sacramento Bee reports:  Sacramento Police released body camera footage Tuesday evening of an incident this week where an officer used a Taser to subdue a man accused of running, scuffling and biting the officer after a foot pursuit into an Upper Land Park apartment complex. Police say the suspect was armed but the body camera of the arresting officer, who was alone for most of the Sunday morning incident, apparently fell off his uniform ... Full Article »

TARGETING SOLUTIONS: Recruiting, Retaining, & Inspiring the Best

Jan 09, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

When: Feb. 27 & 28 Where: Bloomington, Minn.  Why: Over the past several years, law enforcement finds itself struggling to attract qualified candidates to the profession. In addition, veteran officers are leaving their agencies at a rate never seen before. In a climate of clashing media narratives, how do you cut through the noise and sell your culture and your profession? This solutions-oriented, two-day symposium features Lt. Jim... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Traffic Stop Suspect Pulls Gun on Officer, Misfires

Jan 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Chicago Tribune reports:  Surprised as he sat parked in his SUV, the man wanted for murder pointed a gun at Lakemoor (Ill.) Police Officer Brianna Tedesco and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t fire. For the next 20 seconds, Tedesco and the man fought for control of the gun, Tedesco repeatedly screaming “No” and finally, “Please don’t shoot me!” according to newly released video of the encounter last July in Lake County. A... 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 »

Finding Fault in ‘Default’

Jan 04, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In his book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant shares the results of a research project that studied what factors encourage customer service agents to stay in their jobs longer than others. 30,000 employees were surveyed regarding what factors made them happier at work. While sorting through the data researchers looked at what internet browsers these employees used to apply for their curre... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

What’s in Your Cup?  

Dec 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Nothing beats a good cup of coffee at the station, sharing stories with the members of your department during shift change.  But the other day I read an anecdote on social media that made me think a little more deeply about this tradition.   You’re holding your cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee? “Well, because someone b... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Knocks Out Noncompliant Suspect with a Punch

Dec 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

The Record-Journal reports:  Police Chief William Wright said the handcuffed man that Officer Joseph Smith knocked out with a punch earlier this year had pulled a knife on one officer and headbutted another during the incident. Smith served a two-week suspension last month for excessive use of force after he struck a handcuffed Gary Joseph King in the head while responding to a domestic violence call on Ward Street on June 14. The... Full Article »

I’m Coming Home

Dec 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Rajib Bhattacharjee

“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.”--Tim Kennedy Throughout a multitude of law enforcement training courses that I’ve taken in my career has been a consistent message that the most important mission objective of a LEO is to come home at the end of your shift. Setting aside any philosophical or doctrinal disagreements that you may have with this goa... Full Article »

A December to Remember

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

Based on the response received from our Calibre readers my recent column “September: A Month to Remember” article, I decided to plop my butt down, do a little research, and author a piece for December. Here, in chronological order by year, are a few interesting factoids regarding our profession during the month of December.  Unfortunately, this piece, unlike the September article, doesn’t have a whole lot of positives. That wasn... Full Article »

TargetSolutions Partners with Calibre Press

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Press Contact TargetSolutions Rich Miron 858.376.1638 [email protected]   Partnership Is an Exciting Development for Law Enforcement Agencies Looking to Improve and Streamline Training Delivery SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, and Calibre Press, known for its educational law enforcement training cont... 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 »

Straining The Line

Dec 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The thin blue line is strained. The strain is getting worse by the day. But what if the thin blue line breaks? What I mean by this is: Where will society be when no one wants to do the job anymore? Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing increasing shortages due to retirements, transfers, and a major decrease in applicants trying to get into the academy. The retiring generation often bought into the job at a time when major narco... Full Article »

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