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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 »

Of Rookies: Rekindling the Blue Flame

Sep 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Every time we start reading anything that starts with “Once upon a time …” we can almost predict that the closing will end with something like “… and they lived happily ever after.” Most of the time such stories share epic tales with a message in the background, like those stories of police “rookies.” For most police veterans the word rookie carries a negative connotation of inexperience, overzealousness, curiosity and everything... Full Article »

Emerging Issues: Alternatives to Enforcement

Aug 30, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
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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]   Introduction Recent efforts to develop and expand alternatives to enforcement highlight research-informed strategies to more eff... Full Article »

First Responders & Their Spouses

Aug 28, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Once upon a time, the current co-owners of Calibre Press were not married. They were dating. They were in Atlantic City for the storied Street Survival Seminar. Jim was teaching nearly 400 cops. When one of the facilitators didn’t show up, Lisa took over. Part of her charge was selling books. On top of the box of possible books to sell was a press copy that intrigued her.  I Love a Cop, was the title, and she read it. She married Jim, they la... Full Article »

Inspirational Police Quotes

Aug 24, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I give a lot of speeches. Some are at military affairs. Most are at police functions such as academy graduations, Peace Officer Memorial Day, and so forth. I always like to pepper my speeches with a few relevant quotes. From time to time, I’m asked by other LEOs for permission to use them. I always agree to because, really, they’re not mine. My lovely wife suggested that I put a few down in print to share with our CalibrePre... Full Article »

Is Your Department Drifting?

Aug 22, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Sam DiGiovanna

I recently read a story about two teenage boys who came upon an abandoned boat floating in the river. The paddles were broken, but that didn't deter them. They jumped in the boat without much thought. We shoved off and drifted downstream talking, joking and carrying on. I'm not sure how much time passed as we floated aimlessly along, but we knew we were in trouble when a loud roar reached our ears. Up ahead, water was rushing over the dam. P... Full Article »

Are the Police Ever Not to Blame?

Aug 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Highland Park, Mich., police responded to reports that a woman was threatening people and breaking windows at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church on June 24. Upon arrival police officers learned that the woman also assaulted a 13-year-old girl visiting from Virginia. The officers met with the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Bullock, in the parking lot area of the church. Rev. Bullock told the officers that he believed the suspect "migh... Full Article »

Measuring Success & Motivating Service

Aug 08, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In the 1800s cobras were rampant throughout Delhi, India. Cobras are of course deadly, and it would be hazardous to bump into one of these large snakes on a stroll through the city. Thus, the government put a bounty on the snakes and paid citizens for cobra carcasses. This incentive induced some smart citizens to create cobra farms and raise the snakes, so they could kill them and turn them in for the bounty. The government found out about this s... Full Article »

The Debate Over Memory

Aug 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Radley Balko of the Washington Post writes often about the police. Never, as far as I’ve seen, favorably. In his July 31 column, “Study: ‘Cooling-off periods’ don’t help cops remember officer-involved shootings,” he writes about the practice by some agencies of letting officers calm themselves, sometimes for days, before giving a formal statement. To Balko, this is an outrageous abuse of power. He cites some research that involved p... Full Article »

Gandhi & the Police: An Opportunity for Learning

Aug 01, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Stress is the occupational hazard of first response. It’s not just the sudden acute onset stress of critical incidents. There is moreover the chronic stress of shift work and a lack of support from some communities, politicians, and police brass. “Death by a thousand cuts,” is how psychologist Ellen Kirschman describes it. Stress—acute and chronic—kills. It kills performance, morale, and innovation, and, quite literally, it kills you d... Full Article »

Do Your Policies Need a Spring Cleaning?

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

It’s that time of year when many of us air out the house, clear out the clutter, and do a top-to-bottom cleaning. Spring cleaning probably dates to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning one’s home before Passover, although the tradition is found in many cultures. Iranians call it “shaking the house” and they do it on the first day of spring. Regardless of how it started, the idea behind spring cleaning has applicability far ... Full Article »

The Proactive Policing Problem

Jul 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

In this country there are cities—actually particular neighborhoods of cities—that are, if we are to be honest, shooting galleries. Gang and territorial issues, personal slights, drug enterprises in conflict—all result in remorseless criminals firing their weapons at other human beings. Often their tactic is to drive by and spray an area with bullets in the hopes of hitting their intended target. If they miss and hit a 4-year-old sitting on ... Full Article »

Peer Coach Training: Mindfulness

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: Calibre Press is interested in reducing, and acknowledging, stress in the work of first response. To that end we have published many articles on mindfulness and meditation, which are a couple of complimentary tools for enhancing situational awareness and diminishing the harmful effects of stress on our lives. One of the leaders in bringing mindfulness to first responders is Lt. Richard Goerling, who is leading upcoming peer co... Full Article »

Morals and Morale: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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

I’ve been in law enforcement for 38 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. I’ve also seen a consistency in some protocols and behavior when it comes to organizational knee-jerk reactions by bosses to complaints and/or the ever-changing political winds. Some of those reactions include management kowtowing to the media masses and assigning their officers to ass-covering ‘check-the-box’ training. Often the two go hand-in-han... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Man Shot in the Back

Jun 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

Anywhere you look for this incident, whether websites, traditional newspapers or on the TV and Cable news channels, you will find that this incident is tagged with some form of this phrase, “San Francisco cop shoots man in the back.” After the NBA finals where some California team was crowned champions, I guess, the San Francisco Police Department prepared their officers for revelers over imbibing with drink of the alcohol kind. A young off... Full Article »

Protecting Our Badge from Losing its Shine

Jun 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

As police agencies work to preserve civility, the all-too-near crescendos of sirens (many times our own) on a nearby street remind us that crime’s engineers are always at work. With the knowledge of ethical behavior and moral understanding in tow, police officers have two important responsibilities: 1) bringing criminals to justice, and, 2) doing so while remaining truthful to ourselves. A fundamental question that each police officer must rem... Full Article »

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