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We Were Not Drafted!

Mar 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

This month’s article is going to be relatively short. This will be done purposely. There is a message to convey, and I have found that the shorter the message, the easier it is to absorb. I am sure there are many variations of what I am writing here, each one no less important than the others, each one important on its own merits. If you can take one or two or even three great points from each and every article that has been written about this ... Full Article »

Preventing Mass Murders

Mar 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I was a police officer for 30 years and I have taught Criminal Justice for 16 years. Nothing I can say will help the people affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., or people involved with previous mass murders. After the shooting in Parkland, I watched a variety of media pundits blame a long list of individuals and/or entities for the deaths of 17 students. Some people personally blamed President Trump,... Full Article »

Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

Mar 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

The recent Parkland, Fla., school murders have sparked a heated national discussion about school safety, particularly about arming teachers. Law enforcement, teachers, administrators, students and parents—everyone has an opinion on pistol-packing professors. Even President Trump has weighed in on the subject: He’s for it. So has the National of School Resource Officers: Against. It’s a debate that may well go on for a very long time. Righ... Full Article »

School Shootings: We Must Do Better

Mar 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

The shootings and murder in American schools is a national crisis that we must immediately address. A nation-wide strategy must be developed to provide a safe environment for our children and educators. News programs report one of the responses from Washington, D.C., is to equip teachers with firearms. Are we to expect professional educators to be the front line of defense to protect our nation’s greatest treasure, our children? The idea that ... Full Article »

Looking for the Bad Guy

Feb 28, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Broward County Deputy Scot R. Peterson is a coward. On this point everyone agrees. His Sheriff, Scott Israel, publicly stated that he was “devastated, sick to my stomach” after learning about his deputy’s apparent refusal to enter the building looking for what turned out to be Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15.  When questioned about what Scot Peterson should have done, the Sheriff simply said, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer... Full Article »

Schools & Police: The Need For Presence

Feb 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

While the recent school mass shooting in Florida is on the minds of people across the nation, this article is not directly in response to that incident. Rather, I’m discussing the frequent day-to-day aggression that occurs between students in our schools and just one factor that I believe can make an impact on reducing it. Just so you understand where my views are coming from, I’ll share a little about myself. I am currently employed as a sc... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: On Eating …

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Shawn Perron

Most first responders don’t understand, or even know of, the concept of mindful eating. Most of us eat what we can, when we can. It’s the nature of our work. A meal happens in minutes or less. I’ve personally seen some impressive man-sized helpings shoveled in so fast it would cross the eye of cyclops. I’ve been told Marines eat like this for years. I’m no Marine myself, but I’ve known many (my father included) who have mastered the s... Full Article »

Art & Literature in Police Academies?

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

Some authors and publications have argued recently against police receiving and using equipment, training, and tactics similar to the military (the so-called “militarization of the police”). Like most cops, I disagree with this characterization. I present as evidence situations like the shooting in Las Vegas, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Century-16 shooting and boobytrapped apartment, and countless other incidents in our country that invo... Full Article »

Focus on the Receiver

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

No, this isn’t a manual for quarterback prospects. Besides, I kicked in high school—what do I know about passing? This article is about communications and the message the sender is trying to convey to the receiver. You may have heard some of this before, but it’s worth repeating. In fact, I have a perfect lesson that was based on my last article. Missing the Message I spoke in metaphors when I explained that by never taking a chance to ... Full Article »

Police Need Leaders, Regardless of Rank

Jan 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival

Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of must pay to achieve any goal this worthwhile.” But what exactly did he mean? Well, it’s up for interpretation by each of us to some degree. Essentially, I think, he’s saying that anyone can be a leader, but it won’t be easy. Leadership is something that builds up inside of us. When push comes to shove, the great stand tall whi... Full Article »

A Tale of Two Cities

Jan 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jim Glennon

I just read two articles that struck a chord in me. It’s a chord that seems to be striking often these days. Both of these articles, the first from the Chicago Tribune and the second found on the website Law Enforcement Today, are exceptionally researched and written. They lay out facts, figures and realities about law enforcement and community violence. They speculate about the past, present and future in an effort to identify why community v... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Pt. 2

Jan 17, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

If you haven't already, click here to read Part One. Otherwise, we’re in the city, at the hotel, and all the advance work has been completed. Bob and I are dressed for work and ready to go. Day One 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On Day One, we’d head down to the ball room at 5:30am and set up the AV equipment, and once again test all the equipment, cue up the film clips and audio tapes, and then head to breakfast. It was important to the com... Full Article »

Focus, Awareness, & Perspective

Jan 04, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

"You have the attention span of a gnat." Have you ever known someone like this, or been accused of this yourself? I imagine that some people have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time due to medical issues or their general state of mind. But could it also be attributed to the nature of a person's environment, or their job? Could it be that, given certain situations, having the attention span of a gnat is actually a good thing? Focu... Full Article »

Mental Health Triage: Tools for LEOs, Pt. 1

Dec 21, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol

In the world of law enforcement, the most noted form of trauma is an officer-involved shooting. But from a psychological standpoint that may not necessarily be the case. So-called normal or routine calls, over time—very often, in my experience—weigh heavily on officers and can lead to trauma. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it seems the profession finally recognizes that exposure to major traumatic events requires some form of p... Full Article »

You’ve Got to Throw the Right!

Dec 14, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

Go to a mirror. Any mirror. Get into a fighting stance. Got it? Now throw your money punch: a straight right cross. (If you’re left-handed, that will be a straight left. Throughout the article, keep this in mind.) Throw it in real time a few times. Mix it up a bit. Get on the balls of your feet. Throw a jab then the right. Double up on the jab then thrown the right. I am very serious. Keep doing it. Jab-jab-right! Now slow it up a bit. Take it... Full Article »

The Real Heroes

Dec 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Kelly DeVoll

As of this writing I am 225 days from retirement. I’ve spent the past 28-plus years serving two different communities and have loved the challenges through the years. For the vast majority of that time I have had the same beautiful girl by my side! She comforts me when I am sad, strengthens me when I am weak, keeps me grounded when I feel full of myself. She is my rock! But recently the relationship has changed …    Reflection Not the re... Full Article »

Bleeding Out

Dec 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

16-year-old Steven Rahor knew what he wanted to do right away. It was the beginning of his junior year and he was sitting in his social studies class when the teacher gave out an assignment. The teacher told the students that they needed to find a partner and create a video, set to music, with images that addressed a socially significant issue of the day. In the fall of 2016 the issues of the day centered around cops—and not in a good way. Po... Full Article »

Promoting Agency Morale Up & Down the Food Chain

Nov 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jeff Shannon

The nerd in me I wish there were some objective, universal measure of LEO morale that would show us trends over the decades. That would be an interesting chart to look at. While the intuition and anecdotal evidence presented here may not be as convincing as a double blind randomized experiment, it still has good value. Based on my own experience—and that of speaking with dozens of officers, both as I was approaching retirement and after actual... Full Article »

A Quick Lesson in Logic

Nov 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Scot DuFour

Humanity has made some mistakes along the way. I hope I don’t have to actually create a list of all the things we’ve been wrong about to get my point across on this issue. But in the past we have promoted slavery, prevented women from voting, thought the earth was flat, murdered people for being witches, and too many other wrongs to list. I routinely hear cops talk about how rational and logical they think they are. But in my experience, w... Full Article »

The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

Nov 28, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I often discuss in my seminars how I don’t actually have any true natural talents. I can’t hammer two sticks together. I have poor hand-eye coordination. I don’t know anything about cars and even less about guns (though I was a pretty good pistol shot). I don’t have a decent sense of direction. What I considered myself to be good at was getting confessions. Even more than that, I could read people. I certainly wasn’t perfect, but I was... Full Article »

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