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Learning From Mistakes

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Mistakes. We all make them. Some are minor and require little correction, while others can be career-changing. Following is an example of one of my mistakes, and how I used what I learned to positively effect the police department where I worked. Say It Ain’t So At the time, I was the detective commander and the range master simultaneously, and I took my firearms training seriously. I made weekend plans to go shooting with my father at our gu... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Wash. Officer Shoots Stabber

Mar 21, 2017 in Leadership & Training
By Calibre Press

From q13fox.com: The suspect in a stabbing who was fatally shot by a Bellingham police officer was identified Thursday as Manuel Gonzalez, 28. Police said that Gonzalez stabbed and wounded a 20-year-old man in the neck during an altercation in the 100 block of E. Holly Street on Sunday and then fled on foot. Witnesses chased him and caught up to him in the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue, police said. Police said that officer Jeremiah Lela... Full Article »

False Confessions

Mar 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Does Reid & Associates teach officers a confrontational method of interviewing and interrogating that results in false confessions? I ask that question because recently they were basically accused of that. Or rather—the method they teach was accused of that. So does their method result in false confessions? Not at all. First it’s important to address this at the outset: I have absolutely no relationship whatsoever with Reid & Associ... Full Article »

Pulling the Pin (Or: When You’re Done, You’re Done)

Mar 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Dave Grossi

I’ve been out of operational law enforcement for almost 30 years. I formally pulled the pin in late 1990. Since then, I’ve maintained my professional affiliations through Calibre Press, Inc., as both a Street Survival Seminar instructor and contributor to their online magazine, CalibrePress.com. I also continued my professional contacts as a police instructor, court expert and part-time college C.J. teacher. But for all intents and purposes, ... Full Article »

WINx: Communication Builds Relationships

Mar 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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In this powerful WINx video, Scott Erickson explains that there's one way to build standing in a community: communication. Here's how.... Full Article »

An Argument Against Narcan

Mar 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
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[Publisher’s Note: At Calibre Press we appreciate a diversity of opinion. After all, there are more than 18,000 police agencies and 800,000 officers in this large and varied nation. It goes without saying that the views expressed on CalibrePress.com belong to the author, and agencies and officers must regardless do what is best for their communities.] One of the most divisive arguments in law enforcement today concerns whether or not patrol of... Full Article »

WINx: Restoring Communities to Sacred Ground

Mar 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Colonel Richard Coleman (ret.) USMC shares his experience of how the Marine Corp regained its status as an elite service. Col. Coleman draws many parallels between the Marine Corp experience and the struggles currently facing the law enforcement profession.... Full Article »

No Excuses for Slugs

Mar 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

It seems whenever I write an article about ineffective, lazy or just plain dumb supervisors it hits a chord. I get emails, texts, Facebook comments as well as officers approaching me at my seminars to describe how they have experienced, or are experiencing, people in supervisory roles that are just plain terrible. In contrast, I also hear from supervisors who try to justify such practices as the “modern way to lead.” They maintain that elect... Full Article »

WINx: Act Like a Cop

Mar 01, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training & Video
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In this awesome talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Chelley Seibert shares ideas on how to spare your ego. Instead put a character in your place, remembering that the most important role we all play is “The Best Cop We Can Be” in every scene.... Full Article »

WINx: The Questions that Unite Us

Feb 21, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
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In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Dongsup "Sam" Kim talks about his experience working with inner city youth in Boston. Sam was involved in the Youth Violence Systems Project which aimed to reduce violence among youth.... Full Article »

Leading By GPS

Feb 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

“Our sergeants literally sit in their offices, stare at their computers, and track where we are at by our GPS! They’re pathetic.” This is almost exactly what a police officer told me at a recent seminar, and it was corroborated by several others with him. I won’t say where because they were very concerned about what the ramifications might be if word got out they had criticized their “pathetic” supervisors. Sure, cops complain about... Full Article »

WINx: Learning From People in Crisis

Feb 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
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In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016, sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Brian Nanavaty walks us through what he learned from working with people in crisis. Brian also shares how we can better protect and build healthy first responders.... Full Article »

FINAL TOUR: January 2017

Feb 10, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Thirteen officers were lost during January, 2017, a dramatic increase over January of 2016, when five officers were lost, but equal to the January loss in 2015. Of those lost last month, six died in vehicle-related incidents, five were killed by gunfire (one from an incident 31 years prior), one officer died as the result of a 9/11-related illness and one officer succumbed to a heart attack. A summary of each loss is provided below, followed by ... Full Article »

Police Work Is Public Relations

Feb 08, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Kinaan

When I broke in at the Central Los Angeles Area of the California Highway Patrol, I knew I was going to be busy. I expected to be taught by my break-in officers the skills I would need to stay on top of my radio calls and my reports, and how to stay safe. What I didn’t expect was the lesson that I think was the most important one that I learned and the one that I tried to pass along to other officers throughout my career. That lesson was relat... Full Article »

WINx: The Lessons of Resisilience & Adaptability

Feb 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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Richard "Dic" Donohue was shot during the hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers. In this presentation, given at WINx Chicago 2016, Donohue tells how he learned resilience and adaptability--and how those traits would save his life that day. For more information about WINx, or to learn about future events, please visit www.experiencewinx.com.... Full Article »

Mind Your Language

Jan 31, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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In a recent article published by Calibre Press, the question was asked: Why do police officers perform certain acts that they have been clearly told not to do? It’s author, Jim Glennon, referred to cases in which officers have jumped into a suspect’s car despite being told not to in training (training vs. learning). The article raised some interesting and important questions about how police are trained. Words Matter There are probably seve... Full Article »

WINx: Reluctant Heroism

Jan 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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In this powerful talk Lt. Brian Murphy (ret.) describes what it means to be a reluctant hero. Heroes walk among everyday; yet many feel threatened and shy away from the spotlight. How we deal with those officers can help ease their return to the workplace. Bottom line: No one is a hero alone.... Full Article »

Courage: How We Fight the Ferguson Effect

Jan 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
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There’s a conversation going on more and more frequently among officers in squad rooms and weight rooms and late-night diners across the country. This conversation usually involves some form of the statement: “With the way everything is today, I don’t think I’d be a cop if I had it to do over.” It’s a variation on the much talked about “Ferguson Effect.” Not only are (some) officers doing less for fear of negative outcomes, but g... Full Article »

WINx: Training for Mental Fitness

Jan 23, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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Painting of Police as Pigs Finally Down

Jan 18, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

I’m a very imperfect person and ashamed of some of the decisions I’ve made in my life. I’ve lied to and hurt people I loved and still love, in moments of selfishness, childishness, and spite. I have been, and still am at times, weak, stupid and self-centered. That being said, I have a real hard time with hypocrites. And right now we’re chockfull of them. National Divisions I’ve never seen this country as divided as it is right now—... Full Article »

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