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BODYCAM: Florida Officer Indicted After Shooting into Car

Feb 21, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

From OrlandoSentinel.com:  An Oviedo police officer has been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated battery after firing his gun at a suspect revving his engine at him in September, according to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. Matthew Danler, 37, was responding to a call for help in the 900 block of Sharon Court on Sept. 1 when he and other officers approached a vehicle. The driver revved hi... 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 »

The Mindful Officer: Take a Deep Breath …

Feb 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

In last several articles we’ve learned about the myriad benefits of mindfulness techniques for any first responder (here, here, and here, for example). The foundational anchor for mindfulness is breathing. Even just a single breath can improve your situational awareness, lessen the impact of your body's stress response, and provide an increased sense of calm. So let's put all that together in relationship to how this can effect our daily w... 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 »

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 »

BODYCAM: Police Officer & EMT Confrontation in Ohio

Feb 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

From Statter911.com:  A bar fight in Downtown Portsmouth, Ohio Saturday night lead to a confrontation between a Portsmouth police officers and a member of a Life Medical Response ambulance crew that was caught, in part, on video. The portion of the dispute it does captures appears to show the officer with his hand at the EMS worker’s neck with the man’s back pushed up against a police cruiser. The Portsmouth police chief tells WSAZ-TV ... 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 »

Litigaphobia Rears Its Ugly Head (Again)

Jan 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Dave Grossi

Back in 1986, three health care professionals combined the terms litigation with phobia to coin the term “litigaphobia.” They came up with the term after researching and interviewing police officers over their fear of being sued. As they applied the term, it pertained to that fear being “so great” among some officers that it became a “preoccupation” that “interfered” with them doing their jobs. Now, 30 years later, the Pew Researc... Full Article »

The 5 Fundamentals of True De-Escalation

Jan 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jeff Shannon

“De-escalation” has become a buzzword in the law enforcement industry. A confluence of forces have thrust our ability to talk to people into the forefront of modern policing. As tempting as it is to critique these forces, I think we have to accept that the community, the courts, and our departments now expect a whole lot from us and our ability to talk to people—specifically, agitated people, in a rapidly changing environment, with lots of ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fatal OIS of Man with Knife

Jan 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By Calibre Press

Police said Gerald Hall, 29, of Northeast D.C., was shot by at least one officer after refusing a command to drop a knife. Police said officers encountered Hall after responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 3200 block of Walnut Street Northeast at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Hall later died at an area hospital.  ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Fla. Officers Disarm, Subdue Man with Knife

Jan 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By Calibre Press

The body camera of a Miami-Dade Police officer captured a tense standoff in November that could have turned deadly for one knife-wielding man. Several officers responded to a residential area of Southwest Miami-Dade, Nov. 15, after a man called 911 threatening to kill police officers. The suspect, who police believe is an ex-Marine, then tells the officers, “Shoot, shoot.” He told them that he is a father, and then threatened the officer w... Full Article »

Police Suicide: What No One Wants to Say

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Law enforcement suicide: Whether it’s a problem of catastrophic magnitude, an infrequent anomaly, or a problem that simply doesn’t exist depends upon who you ask. The unfortunate reality is that we simply don’t know the extent of the problem because we, as a profession, have not had the stomach to face our mental health issues. Suicide is the final culmination of our much larger mental health issues that we continuously ignore as individual... Full Article »

Final Tour: December & 2016 in Review

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Seven officers died during the month of December and, while no line-of-duty loss is ever acceptable, the loss of seven is something of a respite after losing three times that many in November. That made November the deadliest single month seen in this country in more than five years. Of the seven officers lost last month, three were killed by gunfire, two died in vehicle crashes, one was assaulted and one succumbed to 9/11-related illness. The De... Full Article »

Millennial Thoughts on Peelian Principles

Jan 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Elijah Woodward

I recently heard some interesting quotes about policing. Such as: “The police are the public, and the public are the police.” Interesting stuff that had me seek out their source, Sir Robert Peel. If you’ve never heard of him, Peel was the Prime Minister of England from 1841 - 1846. In the 1820s he brought about many reforms in police and established the Metropolitan Police Force (AKA, “The Met”) in 1829. Reading through his nine Peelia... Full Article »

When in Doubt, Blame the Cops

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

60 Minutes recently ran a 15-minute segment on the skyrocketing violence and astronomical number of murders over the last two years in the city of Chicago. My dad was a Chicago cop. I was born in the City, lived in it until I was seven and still reside within its suburban borders, where I spent 30 years as a police officer. In other words, I’m more than well aware of what is happening a few miles from my front door. The carnage—more than 4,... Full Article »

Character: It Makes All the Difference

Dec 19, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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[Publisher's Note: Following is a commencement speech delivered to the most recent graduating class of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, but its lesson applies equally to seasoned veterans.] Congratulations! You have achieved the second major milestone in your journey to become a peace officer in the State of Washington. Your first milestone, and not an easy one, was getting hired. In some agencies, as few as one in a hu... Full Article »

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