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DASHCAM: School Board Member calls Cop “Skinhead”

May 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From NJ.com:  A South Orange-Maplewood School Board Member was caught on camera using foul language and apparently calling a police chief a "skinhead" after being pulled over for speeding last month -- the second recent incident in which a public official was recorded mouthing off to a cop. In the dash cam video, obtained from police by NJ Advance Media, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad can be heard using profanity and complaining when issue... Full Article »

Headaches in Miami

May 17, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

I recently wrote an article titled Us vs. Them. It resulted in a number of comments and emails. The premise of the piece was that most of the divide in 2018 between the police and the public can be blamed on the media, pundits, and politicians. Needless to say this provoked some contrary responses. Most of them were respectful. Some, not so much … Those who questioned my hypothesis pointed to the many examples of police misbehavior found al... Full Article »

Why I (B)Linked Out

May 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By David Magnusson

Catchy title huh? Caught your attention, right? Okay. Rest easy. There is nothing nefarious here. I am not going through any sort of crisis. There is no turmoil. It is merely a play on words.  In fact, I could have titled this article, “The Dangers of Social Media and the Long and Winding Road it Puts You On.” Yeah, I thought so. My original title is far better.  How it Started Here is my initial analysis. I joined LinkedIn in 2008. In th... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Mayor’s Son Abuses Cop

May 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Newsweek:  Aurora, Colorado, police are investigating after camera footage that showed Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's son cursing out an Aurora Police officer and threatening to get him fired during a traffic was leaked to a local news outlet.  "My dad's the mayor, you f****** f*****!" 22-year-old Jordan Hancock can be heard saying to an officer, using a homophobic slur in police camera video obtained by KMGH-TV.  "Mayor of what?" the... Full Article »

Either Way, We’re Wrong

May 10, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last August the Seattle police received a call from security at a local REI retail store. The caller reported that a man had just stolen an ice ax and physically threatened a female employee with the deadly weapon. Responding officers found the man, later identified as James Smith, walking down a sidewalk. The ax was clearly in hand. An officer advised dispatch, “He’s swinging an ice ax around.” The officers did their best not to intensi... Full Article »

VIDEO: Three Angles from a Deadly OIS

May 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From the Courier-Journal.com: A robbery suspect was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in Portland on Tuesday after the man robbed a store nearby, Chief Steve Conrad said. The department was notified of a robbery of a Metro PCS in the 2600 block of W. Market Street around noon and a description of the suspect was sent out to authorities, Conrad said. First Division officers then located a man matching the description in the 500 block ... Full Article »

Us vs. Them: Why Now?

May 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

When I began my law enforcement career over 38 years ago, the times they were a-changin’. I came in with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I don’t know what the percentage of college graduates in law enforcement was back then, but I believe it was less than ten percent. I took some abuse from the old school group, but, generally, education was already being encouraged. [caption id="attachment_10945" align="alignright" width="300"] Reg... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Tactical Officer Breach the Room of the Las Vegas Shooter

May 03, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From 1045theFox.com:  The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released some of the video that was captured on Oct. 1 when police officers broke into the suite being used by mass shooter Stephen Paddock. Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the public on Tuesday that the department would release the video. Lombardo emphasized that the release of the video and other records would most likely retraumatize survivors and family members and that it wo... Full Article »

It’s Not the Critic Who Counts

May 03, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
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On April 23, 2018, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a male who shall remain nameless, but presumably fed up with being rejected by women, rented a full sized van and plowed through a crowd of people walking on a sidewalk along one of downtown Toronto's busiest streets, killing ten and seriously injuring over a dozen more. When the vehicle was stopped, the suspect was confronted by Ken Lam, a constable with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Service, in ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoots Armed, Fleeing Suspect

Apr 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From CBS New:  Newly released video from a police body camera in Virginia shows a white officer shooting a black suspect in the back as he tries to run away. The Virginian-Pilot obtained video showing rookie Portsmouth Officer Jeremy Durocher wounding Deontrace Ward, who authorities described as an armed burglary suspect. Authorities say the shooting occurred in October as police responded to a robbery call in a residential neighborhood ... Full Article »

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 »

VIDEO: Toronto Police Arrest Murderous Van Driver

Apr 24, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From CBC.ca: The man taken into custody after pedestrians were mowed down on a busy Toronto street Monday has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested after the white van was driven down a busy stretch of Yonge Street, between Sheppard and Finch avenues, and left a trail of carnage and panic in its wake. Minassian, who is from Richmond Hill, Ont., appeare... Full Article »

Cop Charged with Murder: ANALYSIS + VIDEO

Apr 23, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

On Nov. 15, 2017, 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon called 9-1-1 and advised a dispatcher that he wanted to kill himself. The man didn’t elaborate on the how, but suicide was his intent. Oklahoma City police responded to the subdivision where Pigeon lived. They found the man walking around the residential neighborhood. In one hand he had a bottle of lighter fluid, in the other a Bic lighter. Now the police knew his method. Three officers engaged Pige... Full Article »

The Most Important Part of the Cruiseship (Is the Part You Don’t See …)

Apr 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

I often write with a heavy dose of metaphor. This article is no exception. So for a few minutes, or however it takes for you to read this, please go along with me. Imagine for a moment that you are on a ship … Welcome Aboard You and your family just arrived at the docks. Excitement is in the air. You are about to set sail on a weeklong cruise to beautiful ports of call. You make it through the gangplank and come on board. Immediately you are... Full Article »

Reinventing the Training Wheel

Apr 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Rajib Bhattacharjee

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ― Heraclitus It’s the goal of every officer who dons the mantle of “trainer” or “educator” to create an officer who is quintessentially “The One”: he or she who will motivate and lead a... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Las Vegas Officers Shoot Armed Driver

Apr 18, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Las Vegas Review-Journal:  The Metropolitan Police Department has identified the two officers who shot and killed a man Friday morning after he pointed a handgun at police during a traffic stop. Officers Francisco Rivera, 28, and Padilla Mills, 23, were involved in the shooting in an east Las Vegas neighborhood, according to the Police Department. Both have been with the Metro since May 2016 and are assigned to the community policin... Full Article »

VIDEO: Naked Harvard Student Fights with Police

Apr 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From Boston.CBSLocal.com: Video released by Cambridge Police shows the arrest of a Harvard University student that is currently under investigation. The video, which was submitted to police by a witness, allegedly shows an officer punching the man several times. On Friday, a woman called 911 to say 21-year-old Selorm Ohene had thrown his clothes in her face. Six other people called police to report the man. When officers arrived, the... Full Article »

Citizen Review Boards & Bias

Apr 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

“I’m done, they make it impossible to do your job. I got 15 years left. They don’t care if I do or don’t do anything during my shift. As long as I answer my 9-1-1 calls and don’t get in trouble, they’re happy. So, I’ve totally shut down. Just like everyone else.” That’s a composite quote from literally hundreds of verbalized frustrations that summarize the general attitude of way too many police officers in this country. Travel... Full Article »

Leadership & Management: Failing to Manage Will Get You Fired

Apr 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

The NFL season ended a few months ago, and many of us anxiously await the upcoming draft and a new season of hope. (Except for Cleveland Browns fans. Sorry.) As is the case every year, numerous coaches got fired shortly after the season concluded. Would you say these coaches were fired for lack of “leadership skills” or “management skills”? In contemplating your answer to this question, consider the following. The owner of the Detroit L... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Car Crashes After Driver Shot

Apr 09, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From ArkansasOnline.com:  Little Rock police have released video and audio recordings that detail the moments before an officer fatally shot a 28-year-old man as he sped toward a brick wall last fall. The recordings reveal new information in the October death of James Hartsfield, who was shot by Little Rock officer Brittany Gunn before the 2004 Mercedes-Benz he was driving smashed through a brick wall outside the Prospect Building at 1501 ... Full Article »

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