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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
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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 »

To Serve & Protect

Dec 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
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“Not all men are created equal, but only the finest become police officers.” This anonymous quote is embroidered in thick, black letters on an oval shaped slab of concrete resting in the center of my backyard garden. My hero may not have a cape or a mask, but he does have a badge. My dad, Officer Wierenga, is my Michigan hero. My dad is a police officer, if you haven't figured that out yet. Everyday he is a hero. It's his job. Everyday, as s... Full Article »

Remembering the City as It Was

Nov 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well.  As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »

Tactical Paraphrasing

Nov 30, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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‘Active Listening’ dominates discourse on ‘deescalation,’ at least as far as classes and training seminars go. As for using it in the field, however, that’s another story. The Problem You are in a situation where you are trying to calm down an agitated individual. In classic form of active listening, the officer is told to use stilted language like: “What I hear you saying is …” or “What you are sharing with me is …” The ... Full Article »

A Conversation with My Daughter

Nov 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

On Monday afternoon one of my daughters, Kara, called me. There was a sense of urgency as well as desperation in her voice. “Do you see what’s going on at Mercy Hospital?” Mercy is a southside Chicago general medical center chartered as the first hospital in the city, I’ve learned in the last few days, in 1852. “Some asshole just shot a doctor and a cop!” With that I flipped on the television and there it was all over the local news... Full Article »

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Vol. 4

Nov 16, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Rebecca Neusteter & Megan O'Toole

Emerging Issues in American Policing is a quarterly digest intended for police-practitioners and community members that presents innovations in the field of policing from the leading academic journals and research publications. Please forward any questions or suggestions to [email protected] Shift-Type and De-Escalation A simulated research experiment reveals that day-shift officers resolve situations more collaboratively and a... Full Article »

The Manhattan Boatlift

Nov 14, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By Dave Grossi

There’s been a ton of stories written about 9/11. Most deal with the extraordinary heroics of our police, fire, and EMS personnel during and after the attack. Most are compelling and bring credit to each occupation. However, recently I came across a video of incredible heroics performed by a group individuals most would not associate with any of the three professions mentioned above. Yet collectively they were responsible for rescuing almost ha... Full Article »

Sucker Punched

Nov 13, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Richard Hough

On the street, in jails and prisons, in the home, at work, occasionally even on an airplane, one person assaults another. This seems to be an inevitable part of the human condition, most often performed by males of the species. What sometimes is surprising is that even with the presence of what most people would consider a deterrent, many people will engage in the fight or simply strike another person. People, it would seem, often don’t conside... Full Article »

Time for Introspection

Nov 03, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

It is good—no, let me rephrase that—it’s quite necessary for me to look in the mirror and carefully, honestly, and methodically self-assess what I am about. As a law enforcement professional, my self-assessment deals with my actions, as well as those of my brother and sisters who put on the uniform, pin on the badge, and walk out their homes every morning, afternoon, and night protecting the citizenry. Why the Need Now? I recently retired... Full Article »

Even Cops Get Depressed

Oct 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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I was a police officer for 30 years, I’ve taught Criminal Justice for 14 years, and I’ve dealt with Major Depression Disorder for 20 years. The purpose of this article is to describe my experience with Major Depression, which may assist police officers who are experiencing symptoms of depression or know someone with depression. What Happened As Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I loved my wif... Full Article »

Picking up Shattered Glass

Oct 29, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

From affluent neighborhoods and upscale retail areas, to dilapidated apartment complexes and forgotten dead-ends, a city’s police department is obligated to serve the needs of all. How communities perceive their police departments can vary significantly. At its simplest level, some may only look to their police for emergencies, to be there if needed. For others, a police department may be seen as invested fellow neighbors, who are called to tak... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Barriers to Harmony & Enthusiasm

Oct 26, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Shawn Perron

What’s the current temperature at your precinct or station house? How is morale or group energy among shifts or precincts where you work? Why do these questions matter? Simply because these things highly affect our performance and our willingness or ability to work together as a team. Because we all SHOULD be concerned with identifying those specific things which can often distract our attention, our awareness. Anything that will diminish,... Full Article »

Why Did He Shoot?

Oct 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last week Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for the fatal shooting of knife wielding Laquan McDonald. The 16 counts were related to every bullet the officer fired at the man. All rounds came out of his service weapon in two bursts of gunfire, the second of which occurred while the teenager was lying on the ground. Van Dyke faces a minimum 10 years in prison. Living... Full Article »

Leadership Without Title

Oct 09, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Leadership is a vital component to any given organization and it can be argued that leadership or the lack thereof can lead to the success or demise of an organization. Throughout the years in my law enforcement career I have noticed a couple of key takeaways about leadership. One thing that’s become evident to me is that not everyone understands the true meaning of leadership. There are many who believe that leaders have to possess a title i... Full Article »

Street Survival II: The Legacy Continues

Sep 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Crawford Coates

There would be no Calibre Press without Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters. Printed in March of 1980, the book was written by Special Agent Ronald J. Adams, Lt. Thomas M. McTernan, and Charles Remsberg—an instant classic. [caption id="attachment_11473" align="alignright" width="178"] The legacy continues: Available today![/caption] “When you look at line-of-duty deaths over time,” says Dale Stockton, a retired Carlsbad (Cal... Full Article »

Making Criticism Constructive

Sep 20, 2018 in Education & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Police officers are typically a straightforward, direct bunch. They’ll tell you when they think you’re doing something wrong, or when you could be doing it better. And mostly that’s good—we can’t afford to be dancing around one another’s feelings when we’re  in a foot pursuit or working to keep an unruly crowd in control. What we so freely dish out, however, we first responders aren't always so good at accepting. Being at the rece... Full Article »

Police & Group Identity

Sep 20, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother…” Shakespeare’s Henry V, Act IV Human history is a repeated dialogue of division. From the earliest times, humans have divided themselves into groups and then competed with other groups for territory, resources, or other priorities. Examples of this propensity abound, from The Crusades to the religious, ethnic, and gang wars of ... Full Article »

To Be Your Own Cornerman

Sep 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

I start off with a quote from Sylvester Stallone. No, not, “Yo, Adrian.” And surely not, “Absolutely.” Rather, I start this article with something rather profound, “If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours. See what happens.” Yes, Sylvester Stallone said that. I got to meet him when he lived in Miami for a while. The Miami Police Department served the area he resided in. He’s a gentleman. I ... Full Article »

September: A Month to Remember

Sep 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Dave Grossi

September is a very significant month for law enforcement. Of course, we’ll always remember September 11, 2001, more commonly referred as simply “9/11,” the date when our country was attacked. For those of us in the profession, it also bears significance in that 114 of our LE brothers and sisters lost their lives either on 9/11/01 or from complications from the aftermath of the rescue and recovery efforts thereafter. That’s right … 11... Full Article »

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