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What’s the “Thin Blue Line” to You?

May 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Scott Hughes

When you hear a fellow officer mention “brotherhood” or “thin blue line,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most cops, you think of camaraderie, teamwork, dedication, and commitment. If those were your thoughts precisely—good! Others, however, conjured up backstabbing, drama, B.S., more drama, and a lack of leadership. For you, I’m sorry. But I understand. Law enforcement, like most professions, has its occupational hazards. Forge... Full Article »

What I Mean When I Say: #RememberWhereYouCameFrom

May 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

Last month I wrote a piece entitled: “Do Chief’s Take Officer Safety Seriously”? (To fully understand what I’m writing about today, do me a favor and read that article first.) Needless to say, the article generated a ton of feedback, nearly 50,000 views on various social media platforms alone. While the overwhelming majority of those who responded provided compliments and praised me for addressing a troubling issue facing law enforcement... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoots Armed Man

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

From WDRB.com: Shively (Ky.) Police have released additional details and body cam footage after an officer shot an armed man Thursday evening. It happened around 6:30 on April 27 on Valley View Drive, near Crums Lane. That's where police were responding to a reported suicide call. During a news conference Friday afternoon, Sgt. Josh Myers says Officer Chad Kolter shot William Bordeau twice. He was taken to University Hospital with a gunshot w... Full Article »

You Get the Police You Ask For

May 02, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

We, as a profession, are not without sin. We have a sordid past on many levels. We have seen massive corruption, lying, scandals, thievery and abuses that include terrifying the weak, drug dealing, murders, torture and framing the innocent. Those aforementioned abuses and wrongdoings cannot be denied. What also can’t be denied is that when those crimes are committed they are perpetrated by an incredibly small percentage of our more than 700,00... Full Article »

Stopping the 5,000-lb. Bullet

Apr 20, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

The terrorist attack in London recently was yet another example of an increasing trend across the globe. Terrorists and lone wolf attackers using vehicles as weapons has become a common method for killing as many people as possible. We’ve seen these attacks in Sweden, Germany, France, England, and elsewhere. The availability of vehicles, and the sheer number of cars on the road, provide an attacker with an effective weapon that can easily go u... Full Article »

The Mission of the Guardian: Fight Crime & Don’t be an Ass#$%@!

Apr 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Policing is dangerous. No matter how well trained or equipped officers are, there is a risk of injury and death with every encounter. Each officer must find a way to psychologically manage the ever-present threat in order to do their job. A very effective way of doing that has been to adopt the identity of a noble warrior. This identity perfectly meets the need for a tough and resilient mindset to face danger and survive a deadly encounter. Whil... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: The Mind-Body

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We have been taught from the earliest to make every effort to avoid, deny, and even escape any feelings or emotions that we label as unpleasant. Modern conveniences make this easier—smartphones, intoxicants, food and drink, earbuds, entertainment, etc.—and some of us get very good at ignoring or avoiding feelings such as pain, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. I mean, who wants to feel any of those things? Hell, it’s why they’re c... Full Article »

Honoring the Dead by Training the Living

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Below 100 owes its existence to a group of law enforcement trainers who realized that, with regard to line-of-duty deaths, it was time to say, “Enough is enough.” Too many of these deaths, they saw, were tragically preventable. More than six years later, our mission continues. Although we’ve made progress, there’s still a lot of work to do, work that includes not only Below 100 instructors, but every single officer across North America. ... Full Article »

Black Magic & Narco Saints

Apr 11, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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In February, 2017, police in Texas discovered the body of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped and then murdered because she had insulted her captor’s satanic shrine. Her captors had tattooed what was described as a “Grim Reaper” from her knee to her ankle prior to murdering her. The police stated that the kidnappers were members of MS-13, a gang known for extreme violence and involved in drug trafficking. At first blush, this story appear... Full Article »

Do Chiefs Take Officer Safety Seriously?

Apr 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Scott Hughes

Allow me to rant for a minute … When I became “one of them,” I made a promise to my employees, and myself, that I would never forget where I came from. In fact, I often use the hashtag #RememberWhereYouCameFrom to document my activities with my troops on Facebook and Twitter. To me the reasons this is important are obvious. That’s why I’m amazed in 2017 how many “leaders” cannot—or will not—embrace this concept. Real Officer S... Full Article »

Back-Up Guns, Pt. 2

Apr 05, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

In part one, we talked about policy statements, training, qualification, and agency registration for back-up weapons. But I suspect that most readers want to hear about the documented and verifiable instances where police lives were saved by back-up (or secondary) weapons. So that’s what follows. Back-Up Gun Saves California: A Fresno officer assigned to a high school is attacked, knocked down, and beaten with a baseball bat by a 6-foot, 250-... Full Article »

Learning From Mistakes

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Mistakes. We all make them. Some are minor and require little correction, while others can be career-changing. Following is an example of one of my mistakes, and how I used what I learned to positively effect the police department where I worked. Say It Ain’t So At the time, I was the detective commander and the range master simultaneously, and I took my firearms training seriously. I made weekend plans to go shooting with my father at our gu... Full Article »

Pushing the Way Forward

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

I recently chatted with Darrin Fulton, chapter president of the Kansas City, Kans., chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Fulton is also the driving force behind this year’s NLPOA conference in Kansas City, Oct. 11 – 14. Calibre Press will be there, providing training, and the conference is open to all in law enforcement. If you don’t know about NLPOA or its many initiatives, the following interview is hopefully an intr... Full Article »

Back-Up Guns, Pt. 1

Mar 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

I’m frequently contacted by agencies, both here and abroad, to either evaluate or assist in the drafting of force policy statements. Recently, I was asked to provide some background on the issue of back-up (or secondary) weapons. This agency had for the most part done all their homework. They drafted the appropriate policy statements and covered the important issues, such as training, holsters, qualification, and periodic inspection. The Ivory... Full Article »

Disingenuous Hypocrites Run the Joint

Mar 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By Jim Glennon

I’m not going to mention his name because the only reason, I believe, this guy put together a new documentary on the Michael Brown shooting is to get attention. He is most probably, in my opinion, a bottomless pit of festering narcissism. The point he is trying to make apparently is that Michael Brown traded marijuana for cigarillos with a nightshift clerk. He left the cigarillos in the store and then came back in the daytime for them. The day... Full Article »

WINx: Communication Builds Relationships

Mar 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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In this powerful WINx video, Scott Erickson explains that there's one way to build standing in a community: communication. Here's how.... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

WINx: Restoring Communities to Sacred Ground

Mar 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Colonel Richard Coleman (ret.) USMC shares his experience of how the Marine Corp regained its status as an elite service. Col. Coleman draws many parallels between the Marine Corp experience and the struggles currently facing the law enforcement profession.... Full Article »

No Excuses for Slugs

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

It seems whenever I write an article about ineffective, lazy or just plain dumb supervisors it hits a chord. I get emails, texts, Facebook comments as well as officers approaching me at my seminars to describe how they have experienced, or are experiencing, people in supervisory roles that are just plain terrible. In contrast, I also hear from supervisors who try to justify such practices as the “modern way to lead.” They maintain that elect... Full Article »

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