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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
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"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
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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 »

My Apologies …

Nov 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
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This is an apology to the person who thinks I snubbed him the other night. It will, I hope, serve two purposes. It will make me feel better because I have been thinking about it for a few days and it has really bothered me. It will also serve as an explanation to many in the community for what may be perceived as a "slight" to them by officers of the law. We may seem hurried, uninterested, bothered or even fearful at times. While all of these pe... Full Article »

Watching Your 12

Nov 14, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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You’re a cop. What does this mean? It means you do what’s best in the interest of public safety. You control, regulate, and keep order for a living. What’s often forgotten? Controlling, regulating, and keeping yourself in order. Cops often say to each other, “Watch your 6!” That is, you must keep aware of what’s happening behind you and your partners, where bad guys lurk. But what about watching your 12? Who’s making sure you ar... Full Article »

You Can’t Lead, If You Don’t Know Your People

Nov 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By Jim Glennon

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, after WW II, gave a speech at a West Point graduation. In it he offered some sage advice to the cadets who were now officers. “You must know every single one of your men. It is not enough that you are the best soldier in that unit, that you are the strongest, the toughest, the most durable, the best equipped, technically—you must be their leader … That cultivation of human understanding between you and you... Full Article »

FIT4DUTY #10: This Week’s Challenge!

Nov 01, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Tag us with your picture on any social media platform or comment your time on the Facebook (facebook.com/streetsurvival), Instagram or Twitter (@CalibrePress) post for a chance to win our limited edition #Fit4Duty Challenge Coin!... Full Article »

Preventable Collision?

Oct 31, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By David Kinaan

The term “preventable” can be a hard word to stomach—especially when you were just involved in a traffic collision that may have been your fault. It might imply that you should have known better and you did something wrong or failed to take an action that would have avoided the collision. Not an easy thing to accept when you’re a cop. As a cop, you are given the public’s trust. You have a tremendous amount of pride in accepting that t... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Lessons from Harvey

Oct 25, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Shawn Perron

Fully grounded in how much we often take for granted, in knowing that tragedy is part of our daily experience as first responders, the author hopes to share some of the more effective mindfulness techniques for this audience. This at a time when it’s hard to find a dry place to sit around my parts … About 75 miles southeast of Houston, Texas, and in the light of florescent bulbs, which is my least favorite light of all, I finally sat down. ... Full Article »

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
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[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 Governing.com 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 »

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