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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 »

The Calibre Report: New Knife-Attack Decision

in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report & Uncategorized
By Charles Remsberg

Court ponders how far is close enough to be an “immediate” threat Is it reasonable for officers to shoot an on-rushing knife-wielder at an estimated distance of 55 feet…or does the so-called “21-foot Rule” suggest that a would-be attacker that far away does not yet pose an immediate threat justifying deadly force? That question is the core issue in a case of alleged excessive force brought before the US Court of Appeals in the nat... Full Article »

Are You Ready?

Aug 26, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

Within the last month, we’ve experienced a mass shooting at a festival in California, another one at a Walmart in Texas, and yet another on a crowded street lined with busy bars in Ohio. We can discuss for days the issue of assault weapons or the steps we can take to put a halt to these incidents; I am certain we would have some good debates no matter where we stand on these issues. But I am not going down that road—at least not today. Rat... Full Article »

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 »

The Calibre Report: Body Cam vs. Dash Cam

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

From The Calibre Report published by Calibre Press. To subscribe, please e-mail: [email protected] Civilians tend to judge an officer’s actions more leniently when they see a body cam recording of an incident than when they watch the same event on dash cam footage, according to a Northwestern U. research team. Because of the weight the public gives to video evidence in assessing police “accountability” these days, this finding co... 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 »

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