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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 »

Protecting & Serving Protesters

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

One of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States is the right to speak our minds and protest without fear of retaliation. For years I’ve participated and watched law enforcement officers attempt to protect these rights by maintaining control and keeping everyone safe at protests and demonstrations. In doing this, police officers are the visible form of authority and, unfortunately, become most at risk. I’ve observed that as people participat... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Rounds Slipping Through Our Armor

Sep 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

Just recently I received a message from a close friend. Most all of us have gotten it, and for me the frequency has become alarming, heartbreaking, and hard to swallow. It usually comes in a text or a call or email. That dreaded message is usually sent in the form of a question. It starts off like this, “Hey, man have you heard about so-and-so from such and such?” Yep. It never ends up being anything close to good. Never is it news about wi... Full Article »

Playing with Emotion

Aug 29, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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I remember almost every football coach I’ve ever had telling me to, “Get mad! Get angry!” at one point or another. It was a good life lesson at the time. It taught me how to use that anger to push passed the point of what I thought I could do. It taught me how to dig into the hidden reserves that we all possess but few of us ever learn to tap into, the much talked about 40% rule. Today I am no longer a football player, or a boxer, or wres... Full Article »

Controlling a Person Isn’t Like It is on TV

Aug 23, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

“It was very uncomfortable. It was disturbing to watch.” That’s what the Euclid, Ohio, mayor said about a recent physical altercation between one of the city’s police officers and a motorist. She’s right: It is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. That doesn’t mean, however, that the officer’s actions were wrong, a violation of policy, or criminal in nature. Fantasy vs. Reality I’ve been around law enforcement, to some de... Full Article »

“What’s on Your Mind, Brother?”

Aug 23, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jeff Shannon

Law enforcement, like the military, doesn’t have a "suicide problem." We have a suicide project. For every officer that takes his/her own life, there are thousands of us pushing patrol cars around wondering why we don't floor it into a wall or off the road. We need some grassroots help with this. This is our project. Recognizing this project, in the late 1960s the Los Angeles Police Department started one of the nation's first peer support pr... Full Article »

BLAUER: Lessons from a Vicious Ambush

Aug 15, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Tony Blauer

Every one of you should be drilling this video. Studying it.  What did you learn? It happens so fast. What would you do? Times up. Here's what I think. Let's ignore the background of the suspect, ignore how many times the officer repeated himself, let's just focus on the physicality: the attack, the ambush. Bottom line: Bad guys understand strategy and tactics too. Here’s what I see. Suspect has left hand exposed, right hand c... Full Article »

Mindfulness & First Response

Aug 15, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher’s Note: I recently spoke with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, a psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Mindful Living, about what mindfulness practice is and how it can help first responders. The Center for Mindful Living is interested in helping first responders and is offering a webinar to Calibre Press readers, free of charge, entitled “11 Ways to Ease an Anxious Mind.”] What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of hav... Full Article »

What Happens After You Shoot Someone?

Aug 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Crawford Coates

Publisher's Note: I recently spoke with the co-creator of Officer Involved, a film that interviews officers who have been involved in shootings, most of them fatal. This experience and the lessons learned are important for every officer to ponder. For more on this groundbreaking and critically acclaimed film series, click here.  Who are you and why did you make these films? My name is Patrick W. Shaver.  Being a police officer throughout my... Full Article »

Unpacking Our Ethical Duties

Aug 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

Is there ever a conceivable time that a cop accepting a free cup of coffee would be ethically acceptable? How about a time when a cop telling a lie in their official capacity would be the right thing to do? I can think of times where those two acts might not only be acceptable but the exact thing you should do. Police officers are routinely placed into situations where it seems there is no good solution. Law enforcement as a profession has come... Full Article »

The Public & Use of Force

Aug 07, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Dave Grossi

A buddy sent me a recent news story on some innovative public relations work being done by the Clark County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office in Springfield during the week ending July 28. During their recent County Fair, the CCSO decided to set up a firearms training simulator in an annex building in order to permit interested patrons to experience the dynamics of police shootings. The idea was the brain child of Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett... Full Article »

Building Blue Bridges

Jul 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Robert J. Kicklighter

Imagine working as a criminal investigator in Baghdad, Iraq, and attempting to use forensic science to work crime scenes in hostile combat environments with limited resources. Further, imagine trying to teach these same techniques to law enforcement officers in Botswana, Africa, where resources are insufficient in a country formally listed as one of the poorest locations on earth. It would seem impossible to accomplish. But Michael Hullihan, Jr. ... Full Article »

Improving Deescalation with Defensive Tactics

Jul 11, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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The last article I wrote was titled “Building the DT Toolbox” and in it I suggested that when training recruits or novice police officers, an instructor’s primary focus should be to build their student’s “toolbox.” I then stated that the toolbox will be the “foundation upon which everything else will be built.” Notice that I didn’t state that the defensive toolbox will be the foundation upon which all other defensive tactics tra... Full Article »

When It’s Time to Sacrifice All

Jul 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Robert J. Kicklighter

Police officers are scrutinized more than ever in today’s world. They are subject to audio and video recordings where the world can review their response to any incident. Also, their actions are constantly questioned by members of the community and media. Further, when they use force, they are rarely supported by the public. In 1997, officers from the Glynn County Police Department were forced to use the force they spent 3 ½ hours trying to av... Full Article »

Police Week: Why It Matters

Jun 26, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Due to the tragic loss of two officers from my department in 2016, I was asked by the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) national president whether I would like to attend National Police Week in Washington D.C. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re ever given the opportunity, I implore you to attend too. For me it was an incomparable and unforgettable life experience. What It Is For those who don’t know, Polic... Full Article »

The Tool That’s Been Forgotten

Jun 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Regardless of personal beliefs as to the beginning of humanity, it is apparent that communication is an important part of relationship building. Early man used every skill available to communicate to his partner. Of these skills, nonverbal communication was vital to the survival of man. Body language expert Joe Navarro (2011) has written, “This has been part of our biological heritage for so long that we still primarily communicate nonverbally,... Full Article »

Top 10 Case Laws That All FTOs Should Know, Part 2

Jun 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

[Publisher’s Note: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.] Last time we delved into the first five of the ten cases we believe every FTO should know and be able to relate to their own investigations and contacts, and now here’s the second half. Reme... Full Article »

If Law Enforcement Were a Private Company …

Jun 19, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

When I first became a supervisor I attended a course where the instructor spoke about private businesses compared to government organizations. And I tuned him right out. “We aren’t private industry,” I said to myself. “Apples and Oranges. So move on, no point in this discussion.” And I was stupid. It took me years of being a boss and a degree in higher education to understand the point he was trying to make. Which is: Private compani... Full Article »

Technology & Homemade “Ghost” Guns

Jun 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Mark Tallman

Recent years have seen rapid developments in manufacturing technologies like 3D printers and computer numeric controlled (CNC) mills. These tools are legal, multi-use, increasingly available, and hold tremendous beneficial potential. They've also brought renewed attention to homemade (or "DIY") firearms, fueling speculation about a new "ghost gun" epidemic. I've spent the last couple years researching this topic, reviewing hundreds of documents... Full Article »

Slow Down the Ticking Clock

Jun 06, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

We’re hearing about it almost every day from pundits and politicians: Cops need training in “deescalation.” It’s a point, by the way, I whole-heartedly agree with. Where I part company with most of these self-appointed experts is in just what “deescalation” means and how it can be applied (or not) in real life. Deescalation doesn’t mean what or work the way, I’m afraid, our critics think it does. But regardless we do need more tr... Full Article »

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