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Calibre Press Tip of the Week

Jun 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Calibre Tip of the Week A note from the editor: If you have a tip to share with officers around the country, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] Don’t Be a “Target of Opportunity” It’s important to use extra caution when patrolling territory contested by rival gang members. If personnel permit, you want at least three officers involved in gang contacts: one to serve as Contact Officer for dealing with the suspect(s... Full Article »

Back to Basics…Again.

May 08, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Richard Hough

Proximity to or partial cause of societal challenges is not new for American policing. In fact, this aspect of law enforcement is a foundational reason citizens formed such forces. Early law enforcement in Colonial America was based on the concept of “kin” policing where people were literally responsible for looking out for their relatives. This was followed by the “watch”system where men volunteered to be responsible for community cri... Full Article »

3,200 Officers Weigh in on COVID Decree Enforcement

May 06, 2020 in Calibre Corner & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In a recent national poll of law enforcement officers, Calibre Press asked a series of questions related to the enforcement of the pandemic-inspired decrees that have surfaced across the country. 3,234 officers responded. Here are the results: Years on the job. The majority of respondents—more than 80%—have been on the job for more than 10 years. Of that group, 43.8% have been in law enforcement for more than 21 years and about the same, 4... Full Article »

The Art of the Search

Apr 30, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jack H. Schonely

Searching for suspects has always been an unpredictable and risk-drenched mission. It’s a task all of us in law enforcement face on a regular basis. The risk involved with any search cannot be totally eliminated; however, it can be mitigated through training, experience, technology, a proper mindset, and the consistent use of good habits.Every search is unique. Each situation needs to be approached in a way that will keep law enforcement safe w... Full Article »

How Many Flat Tires Are Worth an Officer’s Life?

Apr 27, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Chief Scott Hughes

Since the development of the tire deployment device (TDD), not a year has passed without the loss or serious injury of officers involved with their use—be it preparing for deployment, executing deployment, or post-deployment retrieval. Already, after just four months, 2020 has proven to be no different. These tragedies should make us rethink how we end high speed chases. Before diving into this subject, I will admit that in my younger years I, ... Full Article »

“Top Secret” Blood Lessons

Apr 24, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Ken Crane

In 2008, Calibre Press co-founder Charles Remsberg wrote a book called Blood Lessons in which he compiled 24 true-life accounts of police officers who were involved in harrowing life-and-death encounters. These accounts, told in the words of the involved officers are gut-wrenching, and in some instances, painful to read as they recount their stories in graphic detail to include brutal life-threatening injuries, the physical recovery, and the psyc... Full Article »

Trust Us…Or We’ll Send the Police?

Apr 22, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Ultimately, in the end, enforcing social distancing rules, falls to the cops. Governors in 42 states have declared edicts restricting constitutionally protected and inalienable rights; an edict that two months ago would have been unimaginable and unquestionably illegal.  Even perhaps treasonous. But each of these governors actually have the authority to “suspend” these rights according to their respective states’ Constitution.&nb... Full Article »

New Study: Expert vs. Novice Use-Of-Force Decision-Making

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

New research has revealed specific differences in how “expert” officers think compared to novices in dealing with contentious confrontations—and these findings may help trainers more rapidly educate recruits to make better use-of-force decisions. The research—limited but revealing—was led by Dr. Laura Mangels, a sociologist at the University of California-Berkeley. Her team found that experienced cops were far better at identifying ... Full Article »

50 years ago today: The Newhall Tragedy

Apr 06, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Ed Delmore

Visiting Sacred Ground A few years ago, I traveled to the Los Angeles area to visit my buddy, Jack Schonely, and attend his retirement party from LAPD. Jack served with LA for more than 32 years with additional prior service in a small rural sheriff’s department in Pennsylvania. Jack is a cop’s cop. During his career, he was a patrol officer in South-Central 77th, worked Hollywood Vice, was a member of the Metropolitan Division, a canin... Full Article »

“…serious and violent offenses will still be fully enforced.”

Apr 01, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Advice from the IACP on Policing in the Pandemic In a recently released document, COVID-19: Alternative Methods for Delivering Essential Law Enforcement Services, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) shared timely advice for navigating the tricky balance between public safety and public health. “In light of the public health risk that Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents and the pressing need for law enforcement ... Full Article »

9 Ways to Avoid Hopelessness

Mar 25, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

What a time. Policing is stressful enough, and now this. Cops everywhere are needing to deal with the nervous, pressurized public while simultaneously dealing with their own personal challenges that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus situation. It’s not out of the realm of reason to believe that some of us may have thoughts of hopelessness. Hopefully, they’re fleeting thoughts, but notable and likely alarming, nonetheless. In t... Full Article »

Law Enforcement: The Original Social Distancers

Mar 20, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By Richard Hough

Some public servants are uniquely positioned to understand the immediate risk of bad things. Soldiers deployed to active zones, firefighters entering burning structures, corrections officers on the block, and yes, law enforcement officers on so many of their calls for service. These professionals increase their margin of safety through training, the proper use of proper equipment, and by surrounding themselves with a tactically sound team they... Full Article »

DAILY! Conversations with Calibre Podcast

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Podcast & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Editor's Note:  Although the current health situation has impacted officers' ability to access training, for the time being, our dedication to keeping you trained and informed has not diminished. Starting today we will begin posting daily training Podcasts for all officers to listen to. Stay safe, stay healthy and know that we're here for you. Conversations with Calibre: Road Safety March 20th, 202o https://youtu.b... Full Article »

What? When? How?

Mar 18, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

The Difficult and Critical Decisions we Face During this Crisis  On Feb. 27, firefighters in Rocklin, CA, a suburb of Sacramento, responded to a call to help a person who had fallen. During their contact, the patient coughed on the firefighters. Days later, that patient tested positive for coronavirus and three of the responders subsequently had to be quarantined for 14 days. At that time the police, other first responders, and everyone e... Full Article »

Do You Have What it Takes to Get Through the Match of Your Life?

Mar 13, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

I often use boxing metaphors. The same goes for this piece. I want to share some observations I made during a recent professional bout that link what happened in the ring to policing.  In my last article, I suggested that we look at 2020 as a 12-round event.  One poor round doesn’t lose the fight and one great round doesn’t grant you victory.  That reality played a key role in the fight I’m writing about. The match I watched was betwe... Full Article »

Would You Look Here For A Gun?

Mar 11, 2020 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In the old days, gas station attendants used to ask if you’d like them to check under the hood. That’s actually a good question to ask yourself when you’re dealing with a suspicious vehicle and searching for weapons, as illustrated by a contact involving Pennsylvania officers. The four were working together on a tact team with two officers in plainclothes and two in uniform when they spotted three males in a parked vehicle in a dark area... Full Article »

A Cop’s Opinion: Let’s Restrict Pursuits … Before Untrained Politicians Do It For Us

Mar 06, 2020 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Lt. Eric Salemi

Vehicular pursuits rank among the most dangerous activities police officers participate in during their careers. The risk to their lives, the lives of citizens, and property are higher in these events for obvious reasons.  In my opinion, departments can improve the training and safety of their officers by enacting policies that restrict when and why an officer can pursue as well as detail when a pursuit should be terminated. The U.S. Supreme ... Full Article »

Supporting Cops by Supporting Spouses

Mar 04, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Police officers who may need help facing a particular issue are, for the most part, fortunate to have a wealth of resources and support available to them. However, many departments tend to underappreciate a key element of an officer’s wellbeing: their spouse. We recently spoke with Linda Seitz, co-founder of the Huntington Beach Police Department Support for Officer Spouses (SOS) group, about the need for and benefits of establishing a departme... Full Article »

The Art of Bouncing Back: 7 Keys to Unshakable Resiliency

in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

Facing the many challenges of police work, some officers survive and thrive while others crash and burn under the stress and pressures of the job. The difference seems to lie in their respective capacities for resilience—the quality that enables you to solve whatever problems are thrown your way, recover quickly from setbacks, and keep your life moving forward on generally positive terms. “To some unknown degree, your capacity for resilien... Full Article »

“Hahaha! Not one officer in this department would recommend anyone work for us!”

Feb 28, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Calibre Press conducts a seminar all around the country titled, Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation. The course is exactly what it sounds like, though we talk about all generations, as well as the evolution of the profession. We also discuss the multitude of current problems that have resulted in low numbers of recruits (especially women and persons of color) and early retirements. The two-day class is conducted by a team of instruc... Full Article »

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