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Off-Duty & Retired Cop Carry Considerations

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

In the new training textbook, Street Survival II, published by Calibre Press, co-authors Chuck Remsberg, Lt. Dan Marcou and Lt. Jim Glennon share some important off-duty carry considerations for both active and retired officers. Here’s what they have to say: If you carry off duty, there are some critical realities to keep in mind. In most cases: - You don’t have a radio. - You don’t have immediate backup. - You’re not wearing ... Full Article »

Suicide By Cop: 15 warning signs that you might be involved

Aug 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

One of the worst nightmares in law enforcement is a "suicide by cop" situation. These highly pressurized, seemingly no-win incidents threaten you tactically, emotionally and should the shooting end up in court -- and it likely will -- possibly even legally and professionally. Dr. Barry Perrou, Psy.D, a former crisis negotiation team commander, is a leading expert on the suicide by cop phenomenon. He served as a contributor to a book, "Suicide ... Full Article »

What’s it really like to be married to a cop?

Aug 21, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Kelly DeVoll

By Kelly and Tia DeVoll When setting out to write about the subject of police marriage, we struggled with what we wanted to put on paper. Police marriage. What is it like to be married to a police officer? What is it like NOT to be married to a police officer? It’s the only marriage we have ever known, as we’ve both only been married once. We can’t count the number of times we’ve heard, “I could never marry a police officer!” ... Full Article »

Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer?! – Here we go again…

Aug 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Last week I wrote an article about mass shootings and the rush to point fingers at the other side of the political spectrum. It observed the propensity of politicians to lob blame at others for causing this country’s divide and creating a climate of hate—a climate which, as those politicians believe, incited a pair of separate deranged individuals to pick up guns and perpetrate murderous rampages. I cited politicians—including the presid... Full Article »

The Next 9/11 Is Now

Aug 05, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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On April 20, 1999, a mass shooting event at Columbine High School in Colorado shocked our nation. Although far from the first school shooting in history, the Columbine shooting became instantly important to the American people. It was the catalyst which changed the law enforcement response methodology and tactics for a mass shooting event. Fast forward a few years to September 11, 2001. This is arguably the most significant tragic event in U.S. ... Full Article »

Do I Have a Problem?

Aug 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Would you know if you had a substance use problem? If a co-worker had a drinking problem, what would you say? Would you know how to ask for assistance or where to get it? Questions like these all too-often go unanswered as a result of either lack of support, resources, punitive administrative stances, or a reduced willingness to reach out and ask for assistance when it is truly needed. Enter Alcohol Despite the increased focus on officer wellne... Full Article »

4 Tips for Fighting Suicide

Aug 01, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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As a law enforcement officer you must wear many different hats. At different times these extraordinary men and women have to juggle between being a first responder, protector, social worker, crisis intervener, family counselor, youth mentor, and peacemaker just to name a few of the tasks that are incumbent upon them in the performance of their duties. Sleep deprivation and exposure to critical incidents—murder, suicides, rape, child abuse, an... Full Article »

Future So Bright

Jul 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Sam DiGiovanna

Did you know your EYES can get sunburned? Just thinking about it makes me squint. During the summer we put a lot of emphasis on protecting our skin from UV rays. But we do a much worse job of protecting our eyes. In a survey of more than 10,000 adults, the Vision Council found that only 39% of adults wear sunglasses when they are outside for two or more hours and only 14% are likely to protect their eyes at an outdoor sporting event. Less th... Full Article »

Do You Really Want the Truth?

Jul 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Sometimes people are okay with believing a “lie.” Sometimes, just going with the lie is just easier than facing the “truth.” The lie comes in many forms: white lies, broken promises, fabrication, the bald-faced, exaggeration, deception, plagiarism, and compulsive lying (McAllister). The lie can make you feel better in the moment. But long-term it can have serious implications, and even deadly consequences. When discussing police suicide,... Full Article »

Violence Doesn’t Care What Martial Art You Study

Jul 24, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Tony Blauer

When Brian Dalton was attacked his body's instinctive survival system by-passed his thinking brain and deployed human nature's airbag: the Startle-flinch response. IMO it helped save his life.  The startle-flinch response deploys like a biological airbag, expanding in a sudden incident to create space between you and the danger. In Brian's fight, the flinch-response expanded as nature designed it. It bought him time, created space between him... Full Article »

Go to The Gym!

Jul 23, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

The Fight I watched with great pleasure and astonishment recently when Manny Pacquiao, at the age of 40, turned back the clock to reclaim the Welterweight title. By now you should now my pure love for the sport of boxing. It also fuels many of the metaphors I use when I write. There's probably no better sport that does this quite as well. The tweet I disseminated early Sunday morning was this: Age? What does that mean? Preparation is the k... Full Article »

The Gorilla in the Room

Jul 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Recently, Calibre Press published a thought-provoking article by Chief David Magnusson titled, Lies: Where do you stand? What place do untruths have in our profession? I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t. It will provide context for this article. If you would rather keep reading, here are the highlights. The primary questions the article poses are, What should the top administrator do with the officer who does not tell the trut... Full Article »

The Dangers We Control

Jul 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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To me, the best part of being a police officer was being a beat cop. A lot of people look down on long-tenured patrol officers, but we never tell stories about that one day on a cushy assignment when got to go home early. No, the best cop stories happen on night shifts, or insanely busy weekends, or running to a hot call, lights flashing, sirens blaring, half your squad at your back as you all roll towards danger. That’s patrol for me. My curr... Full Article »

10 Non-Verbals All Officers Should Be Able to Recognize & Interpret

Jul 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

[Note: The following information is taken from the new training textbook, Street Survival II. ILEETA members will receive a 10% discount on this title if you use the code: ILEETA10 at check out. To order, click here.] When it comes to securing and maintaining your tactical advantage, the ability to recognize and interpret non-verbal communication when dealing with potentially troublesome subjects can be one of the most powerful officer safety ... Full Article »

The Wounded Blue: Never Forgotten, Never Alone

Jul 03, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Crawford Coates

“My foremost goal as a filmmaker is to continue to tell impactful stories that shed a positive light on the law enforcement community,” says filmmaker Jason Harney. He’s been a movie buff for as long as he can remember. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying a full career at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department—as an FTO, detective, field training sergeant, among many roles there. In the 1990s he started, as he puts it, “han... Full Article »

Latest Findings about Cops and the Mentally Ill

Jul 01, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Charles Remsberg

In this edition: I. Latest findings about cops & the mentally ill II. Free resources on arrest-related deaths from non-firearm causes I. Voices from the front lines: Latest findings about cops & the mentally ill An officer in Tennessee was interviewing the bed-bound complainant on a disturbance call when this horror story suddenly erupted: With a chilling cry, a male who was long off his meds for schizophrenia charged in from another... Full Article »

The Asher Model

Jun 25, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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It’s the early morning hours of May 2nd, 1993 and I was awoken by the jarring sound of the phone ringing; on the other end was a friend of mine and fellow squad member. Sounding distraught he declared “Asher is dead!” referring to another squad member of ours and an academy classmate and friend of mine. Immediately my thoughts turned to Asher being shot and killed in the line of duty. Police Suicide never crossed my mind, why would it? This... Full Article »

BOOK REVIEW: Mindful Responder

Jun 25, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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[Note: We received the following unsolicited review of our latest publication, Mindful Responder: The First Responder's Field Guide to Improved Resilience, Fulfillment, Presence, & Fitness--On & Off the Job. Much appreciated!] I just finished reading Crawford Coates' book Mindful Responder. Amazing work!  It's the first book that I've read that directly communicates eminently useful practices for the first responder. [caption id="... Full Article »

The Emperor is Naked

Jun 24, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

A headline from the Chicago Sun-Times two weeks ago: “High-ranking Chicago cop in hot water with [Mayor] Lightfoot for taking vacation as summer violence spikes." Days later it was still a banner headline on city newscasts. It was discussed ad nauseum in the media. Meanwhile, the emperor rides butt-naked past the shrilling voices that see the obvious nudity on display. They dare not speak of it. For those of you unfamiliar with the concep... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

Jun 13, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We as LEOs aren’t strangers to performance under stress. Often negotiating many stressful situations in a single tour of duty, I wonder: What can cause mistakes or, even worse, panic during our daily rollercoaster ride? A sports analogy: Your favorite NFL receiver misses a sideline catch on the third down and fails to move the chains. Or when you musically inclined folks drop a string of notes during your solo. How about asking your high-s... Full Article »

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