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The Calibre Report: Court Reminder – When You Have Time, Use It Wisely Before Shooting

in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Often officers have only split seconds to make decisions in armed confrontations. But a federal appellate court has sent an important reminder: When you do have time, use it wisely. How a California officer spent his “discretionary time” in handling a subject said to be wielding a knife was the pivotal consideration earlier this year when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied that officer a favorable summary judgment in a shooting case w... Full Article »

Are Today’s Officers Ready for a Fight?

Dec 04, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

Calibre readers weigh in. Last week, Calibre Press columnist Shane McSheehy’s article, Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face? questioned whether today’s younger officers are really prepared for a fight. The query is one Shane actually uses in his training. “It’s a fairly straight forward question I ask each recruit I instruct during day one of his or her academy defensive tactics block,” Shane says. “Normally, and oftentimes predict... Full Article »

Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face?

Nov 27, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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The day will come when it just doesn’t matter. The suspect has nothing to lose and simply does not care. He is not daunted by your position of authority. He does not fear your physical size. He is not concerned about your gender type. He could care less about your race, sexual preference, or who you may have voted for in the last election. The suspect does not only want to escape- he intends on physically assaulting you with all of his might an... Full Article »

7 Ways You Can Help Families of Fallen Officers

Nov 25, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

The loss of an officer in the line of duty has a deeply painful impact on the department, the community and ultimately, the nation. But the most painful blow is dealt to the officer’s family, whose worst nightmares are suddenly realized. The lurking fear that the “goodbye” said before a shift might be the last has suddenly become an unimaginable reality. It now falls to those left behind to serve and protect that family. Here are a few t... Full Article »

News Media Mind Manipulation

Nov 22, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Technology
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If you knew that the news media was manipulating your mind, would that concern you? It should. And they are. The news media decides what to report, and - more importantly - how to report it. The media controls what the public sees, hears, and ultimately believes. This should concern every police officer in every department. When viewers repeatedly see and hear on the news that cops are shooting unarmed African American males, the subc... Full Article »

Family Safety Tips for Off-Duty Encounters

Nov 20, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we’ll mention below, avoiding off-duty engagements when possible is always the safest option for you and your family when you’re out together. However, if you must get involved in a serious situation, is your family ready to react appropriately? Here are a few tips to think about: 1. Have an “alert” code word or phrase. This is something you say—preferably out-of-the-ordinary and not something that would necessarily alert or alarm... Full Article »

Cops Are Dressing Down. Is That OK?

Nov 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Officers nationwide weigh in… In his recent article, “Is your uniform putting you at risk?” Calibre columnist Dave Grossi shared concerns about a trend of moving away from “traditional” uniforms in favor of more relaxed versions. Officers from across the country quickly responded and the majority agreed with his concerns. Here is a small sample of what some fellow officers shared:   Sgt. Damon Greathouse with Lancaster ... Full Article »

Is Your “Uniform” Putting You at Risk?

Nov 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

No doubt this piece is going to tick off a few cops.  I’ve noticed a trend over the past few years for officers to “dress down” while on duty. I’m not talking about a few cops going rogue, but a formal policy of abandoning traditional police monochromatic uniforms for polo-type shirts, tan tactical pants and sneaker-type footwear as on-duty street uniforms. I recently traveled up to the great northeast to attend a formal evening polic... Full Article »

How to Stay Awake on Duty, Then Get Some Sleep

Nov 04, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

As we mentioned in our earlier article, These Can Kill Cops, lack of sleep and reduced alertness can pose a serious threat to you. One of the usual suspects that contribute to cop drowsiness are shift changes. They’re inevitable, challenging and can, if not appropriately handled, be dangerous. With that, here are some tips for staying alert on duty and then getting sleep after a shift change. To stay alert on patrol: Expose yourself to... Full Article »

These Can Kill Cops

Oct 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

1. Lack of focus. If you fail to stay alert and keep your mind on the job while on patrol or you carry distracting “home” issues with you into the field you’re more susceptible to making errors. Potentially fatal ones. Keep your head in the game. 2. Tombstone courage. Danger is part of the job, but unnecessarily going it alone and putting yourself in increased jeopardy is foolish if that can be avoided. If you’re in a high-risk situati... Full Article »

15 Ways Investigators Can Help Traumatized Officers

Oct 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Being involved in an officer-involved shooting or another major force event can obviously have a psychological impact on the officers involved. Good investigators know that and accommodate for it. Effectively dealing with the emotional consequences of a critical incident can help reach two critical investigatory goals: 1. Maximize the accuracy of the investigation. 2. Minimize further traumatization to the officers and their families. Ev... Full Article »

Insider Advice for Reporters Covering Active Shooters, Hostage Takers, Etc.

Oct 23, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

As intense critical incidents play out you can bet cameras will be rolling, social media will be exploding and reporters will be swarming. Think back and it’s a safe bet you can remember a time when you watched - in real-time - terrified people, maybe even young students, streaming out of a building while tactical teams maneuvered to engage an active shooter. In essence, the pool of viewers, which could include the suspects themselves if they h... Full Article »

How to Spot Armed Suspects

Oct 21, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Most officers who get shot are caught by surprise – but does that have to be? If you know how to read subtle cues that indicate concealed carry, you may be able to anticipate that you’re dealing with an armed subject and gain a preventive edge of timing and positioning? Sgt. Jeffrey Kleinsmith, the US Secret Service uniformed division, shared techniques used by agents who protect the president to spot gun-toters before they strike. “This... Full Article »

10 Tips: Opportunities to Make Your Officers Look Good

Oct 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we all know, the media is full of stories that cast a negative light on law enforcement agencies and officers. There seems to be no lack of information that can be used to that end. One thing to consider, however, is whether you’re taking proactive steps to help turn the lens toward a more positive view. Are you regularly feeding media outlets stories that hail positive police work, spotlight efforts to improve professional policing abilitie... Full Article »

Post-Shooting Tips to Ease the Aftermath

Oct 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

A shooting incident is extraordinarily tense in a multitude of ways. That tension doesn’t stop after the smoke clears. Here are a few things to keep in mind that can help reduce trauma after an OIS. Watch the little things that can make a big difference. In Chuck Remsberg's book, Blood Lessons, an officer-involved in a major traumatic incident shared what he felt was the most supportive thing a fellow officer did for him after his incident a... Full Article »

When it Goes Down in the Dark, Are You Ready?

Oct 07, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

The majority of armed confrontations occur in low light conditions. Are you training for that reality? A presenter at a national training symposium appealed to trainers and rangemasters to ensure that their facilities are equipped for nighttime work and suggested that if necessary, they seek the use of alternative locations to be sure this training is possible. He went on to share how with just several extension cords, some low-cost clamp lights,... Full Article »

Are your schools ready for an active shooter?

Oct 02, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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A down & dirty security assessment. One of my departmental responsibilities is to help prepare area schools for an active shooter event. Before my team and I teach prevention and response strategies at a school, we like to do a walk-through of the campus, in plain clothes, to assess the general level of security and preparedness of the facility and the staff. Here is what we look for. Ease of entry. How easy is it to enter the school... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: 6 New Honorees Join LEO Hall of Fame

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Calibre Press

Amid a mix of emotion, celebration, humility, and pride, six new inductees were recently ushered into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in lasting honor of their dedication to excellence in policing. A multi-state audience of more than 200 family, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement supporters witnessed the luncheon ceremony in a suburb of Toledo, OH, where the Hall of Fame was founded in 2017. The program was produced by ... Full Article »

Are you Making the Worst Decision of Your Life?

Sep 25, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

As made crystal clear in Calibre’s Street Survival II book, one of the most critical cardinal rules of officer survival is to wear your vest. Sounds obvious, but it’s a fact: Some officers don’t wear them. The list of justifications is long - and dangerous. “It’s uncomfortable.” “It’s too hot.” “I ride a desk so I don’t need a vest.” “I’m the Chief/Sheriff/Captain/Lieutenant. I’m not on the street anymore.” “I’... Full Article »

12 Steps to Being the 5%

Sep 23, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

What is it to be a part of the 5%? It’s an exceptional officer who is committed to outstanding performance on the job…and in life. It’s an officer who is motivated, proactive and dedicated to peak performance through a steady regime of training and education. It’s an officer who constantly pursues professional and personal improvement and proudly stands as a representation of the ideal in law enforcement. It’s the kind of of... Full Article »

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