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A Fair Con?

Oct 16, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Robert J. Kicklighter

The easiest way to steal a man's wallet is to tell him you're going to steal his watch. ― Leigh Bardugoh It’s October again! Fresh, crisp air and colorful leaves falling from the trees, mellow mornings filled with delicate mists as the sun glistens across the damp, wet grass, and windy nights with clear skies usher in fall festivals and family fun. It’s that time of year when the lights and sounds of carnivals fill communities across ... Full Article »

The Alarming Consequences of Police Working Overtime

Oct 02, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Training

[Publisher's Note: We've been writing a lot lately about police fatigue and the importance of non-punitive close-calls reporting. Following is an excellent article from on this topic, reprinted below with permission.]  Fatigue is bad for any work environment. But for police, the stakes are much higher. Officers have to respond to late-night calls, make split-second decisions and de-escalate tense situations -- sometimes in the mid... Full Article »

Finding Meaning in this Absurd Profession

Oct 02, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Scot DuFour

Jesse Williams and Randy Larcher recently shared a wonderful article through Calibre Press called "The Power of Thinking Small." I hope they’ll permit me to expand on their thoughts with some of my own. Their article sent me off on a mission to examine the current perspective, at least how I have perceived it, of so many police officers around the country. I have worked in law enforcement since 2001 and I have never seen so many of my friends... Full Article »

What Nearly Happened

Sep 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

I recently asked a very knowledgeable university-level researcher who studies police and, specifically, the effects of fatigue on officer performance a simple question: “Can you name a case in which officer fatigue was identified as contributing to a bad outcome?” He never got back to me. So I asked around and everyone basically said the same thing: Identifying fatigue as a contributor in a less-than-optimal outcome would open the agency ... Full Article »

The Power of Thinking Small

Sep 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

A few months ago I listened to retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Captain Bob Welsh discuss the phenomenon known as “the butterfly effect.” The butterfly effect in essence posits that when a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, the ripple effect can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. Our actions, however small they may seem at the time, can likewise have far-reaching consequences. Bob has a way of captivating aud... Full Article »

Dear Seattle Seahawks,

Sep 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Calibre Press

[Publisher's Note: We received the following letter from a Seattle-area officer, written in response to the controversy surrounding Michael Bennett's detention in Las Vegas after a suspected active shooter incident. Football--like everything else it seems--has of recent become rife with controversies. But seldom have we heard from how they affect police. If you aren't familiar with the Bennett incident, a timeline is appended to the end of the ar... Full Article »

Protecting & Serving Protesters

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

One of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States is the right to speak our minds and protest without fear of retaliation. For years I’ve participated and watched law enforcement officers attempt to protect these rights by maintaining control and keeping everyone safe at protests and demonstrations. In doing this, police officers are the visible form of authority and, unfortunately, become most at risk. I’ve observed that as people participat... Full Article »

Our 3D Printed Future

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Mark Tallman

In this installment on technology, crime, and DIY weapons, we'll examine the status of "3D printed" guns. In my own research, I found that the criminal implications are still largely over-hyped. However, 3D printed guns are improving, and they will eventually appeal for crime under some (comparatively limited) circumstances.i In a more general sense, printable guns are one of the first issues to invite serious discussion about the security impac... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Rounds Slipping Through Our Armor

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

Just recently I received a message from a close friend. Most all of us have gotten it, and for me the frequency has become alarming, heartbreaking, and hard to swallow. It usually comes in a text or a call or email. That dreaded message is usually sent in the form of a question. It starts off like this, “Hey, man have you heard about so-and-so from such and such?” Yep. It never ends up being anything close to good. Never is it news about wi... Full Article »

Imagine This

Aug 31, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership

I really wrestled with writing this because I did not want this piece to appear disingenuous, as if I was searching for professional sympathy or was trying to engage in the woe-is-us. I wrestled with the disconnect between what law enforcement professionals really deal with and what our communities think we deal with. I did not want my ideas of that disconnect to serve as a further wedge between that supportive and valued community and those... Full Article »

Playing with Emotion

Aug 29, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I remember almost every football coach I’ve ever had telling me to, “Get mad! Get angry!” at one point or another. It was a good life lesson at the time. It taught me how to use that anger to push passed the point of what I thought I could do. It taught me how to dig into the hidden reserves that we all possess but few of us ever learn to tap into, the much talked about 40% rule. Today I am no longer a football player, or a boxer, or wres... Full Article »

Auditory Exclusion is Real

Aug 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Last week I wrote a piece that elicited an overwhelming response from this readership. And the conclusion: Auditory exclusion most certainly does exist. And not just for cops. I heard from firefighters, EMTs, hunters, and researchers, and every one of them in the affirmative. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Here’s a representative email I received from Michael G.: Hello, I have been in law enforcement for 10 yea... Full Article »

Controlling a Person Isn’t Like It is on TV

Aug 23, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

“It was very uncomfortable. It was disturbing to watch.” That’s what the Euclid, Ohio, mayor said about a recent physical altercation between one of the city’s police officers and a motorist. She’s right: It is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. That doesn’t mean, however, that the officer’s actions were wrong, a violation of policy, or criminal in nature. Fantasy vs. Reality I’ve been around law enforcement, to some de... Full Article »

“What’s on Your Mind, Brother?”

Aug 23, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jeff Shannon

Law enforcement, like the military, doesn’t have a "suicide problem." We have a suicide project. For every officer that takes his/her own life, there are thousands of us pushing patrol cars around wondering why we don't floor it into a wall or off the road. We need some grassroots help with this. This is our project. Recognizing this project, in the late 1960s the Los Angeles Police Department started one of the nation's first peer support pr... Full Article »

Is Auditory Exclusion Real?

Aug 16, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terrence Crutcher on Sept. 16, 2016. On May 17, 2017, a jury found her not guilty. Part of the defense argument was a familiar phenomenon to many in law enforcement: auditory exclusion. Problem is, some people aren’t buying it. Auditory exclusion—the idea that under extreme stress a person will sometimes not perceive noise that would be oth... Full Article »

“Stop & Frisk: Legal Perspectives, Strategic Thinking, & Tactical Procedures”

Aug 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Dave Grossi

Stop & Frisk: Legal Perspectives, Strategic Thinking, & Tactical Procedures is an excellent new book by Douglas R. Mitchell, JD, MPA, and Gregory J. Connor, MS, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. In the interest of complete disclosure, I have known both authors for a long time. Doug Mitchell has been a friend, legal contact, and training associate of mine for well over 40 years. I’ve known t... Full Article »

Mindfulness & First Response

Aug 15, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher’s Note: I recently spoke with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, a psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living, about what mindfulness practice is and how it can help first responders. The Center for Mindful Living is interested in helping first responders and is offering a webinar to Calibre Press readers, free of charge, entitled “11 Ways to Ease an Anxious Mind.”] What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of hav... Full Article »

What Happens After You Shoot Someone?

Aug 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Crawford Coates

Publisher's Note: I recently spoke with the co-creator of Officer Involved, a film that interviews officers who have been involved in shootings, most of them fatal. This experience and the lessons learned are important for every officer to ponder. For more on this groundbreaking and critically acclaimed film series, click here.  Who are you and why did you make these films? My name is Patrick W. Shaver.  Being a police officer throughout my... Full Article »

States ‘Opting In’ to FirstNet

Aug 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership

Officers in more than a dozen states and territories will be among the first eligible to use the new nationwide public safety broadband network. Governors across the country are making the decision to approve the plan provided to them by FirstNet for building the Radio Access Network (RAN) in the state. Known commonly as “opt-in” to FirstNet, this decision delivers many benefits to the state and its public safety community. “This is a gr... Full Article »

Unpacking Our Ethical Duties

Aug 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

Is there ever a conceivable time that a cop accepting a free cup of coffee would be ethically acceptable? How about a time when a cop telling a lie in their official capacity would be the right thing to do? I can think of times where those two acts might not only be acceptable but the exact thing you should do. Police officers are routinely placed into situations where it seems there is no good solution. Law enforcement as a profession has come... Full Article »

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