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5 Reminders for Dealing with Wheelchairs

Feb 17, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Handling subjects in wheelchairs can be a sensitive and rarely discussed subject in law enforcement.  Yet encounters with people in wheelchairs can pose officer safety risks for officers. It’s important to remember that although most people in wheelchairs are generally regular people dealing with a challenging situation, that’s definitely not the case with all of them. Recent statistics indicate there are roughly 3 million people in wheel... Full Article »

Perp Walks are Stupid – Why Are We Still Doing Them?

Feb 14, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Ed Delmore

Shouldn’t we have knocked this off after Ruby shot Oswald? There’s a framed poster outside my office. It’s an action photo of the running of the bulls and it contains a quote from some unknown genius: “TRADITION: Just because you’ve always done it that way, doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.” That poster has been around in the two police agencies I’ve led in the last 15 years. It reminds me and my command staff no... Full Article »

A.I.M. to Survive

Feb 11, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Several weeks ago, we explored some of the important office survival lessons revealed in an iconic series of reports compiled by FBI researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller. The series was the result of a deep dive into the details of serious, sometimes fatal assaults on police officers designed to surface first-hand information on what makes officers vulnerable in the eyes of violent offenders and what steps can be ta... Full Article »

Tips for Interacting with Cops

Feb 10, 2020 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips
By Calibre Press

In an attempt to help avoid friction in interactions between young people and police officers, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the NAACP and Allstate Insurance Company partnered on a publication called The Law and You: Guidelines for Interacting with Law Enforcement Officials. Focused on sharing specific things youth (or anyone for that matter) should and should not do if stopped by an officer, this candid, ... Full Article »

Every Year is a 12-Round Fight

Feb 07, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

Get help when you need it and have a strong corner. This article has a tinge of philosophy. Make no mistake about it: my master’s degree is in military history. Sure, I dabbled in a bit of philosophy in the past, but I backed away from it as quickly as a cop coming upon an explosive device. So, you won’t find any Goethe or Kierkegaard in this article. But you may find something to give you a bit of guidance or solace moving forward. Law e... Full Article »

Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Officers

Feb 04, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Part 2 of a 2-part series In the first installment of this series, we dove into an iconic FBI report, In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement, authored by law enforcement researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller. This groundbreaking publication, first released in ’97, revealed a wealth of officer survival insights they surfaced after evaluating 40 shootings and other serious assaults on police. Altho... Full Article »

Court Rules on Cuffing Injured Subjects

in Driving & Roadway & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Also: Truths & Myths of CEWs  -- New Court Decision on Handcuffing Injured Subjects Earlier this year a federal district court in Indiana offered some important reminders about the usually mundane procedure of handcuffing a subject In this case, two officers and their municipality were denied a favorable summary judgment on charges of excessive force and battery because of the way one officer handcuffed an injured subject and because th... Full Article »

Complacency in Action

Jan 31, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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I’ve attended many training classes in which the instructor warned against complacency and its associated dangers and I’ve heard various definitions of the word: A feeling of security while being unaware of potential dangers, or the state of being content, or failing to pay attention. I’ve heard suggestions about how to avoid complacency, like breaking up a routine, playing the “what if” game and volunteering for a new, unfamiliar as... Full Article »

Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Officers

Jan 29, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-part series In their iconic FBI report, In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement, researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller revealed a wealth of officer survival insights they surfaced after evaluating 40 shootings and other serious assaults on police. Since its release in ‘97, focus on the report has diminished but the information it contains is just as valuable as it was when it first appe... Full Article »

Use of Force: Time to “Geek It Up”

Jan 24, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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7-steps toward expertise. Who is your go-to person for all your use of force (UoF) needs? Is it the same person I often see selected by default? The range master? The arrest and control instructor? The grizzled SWAT guy? Many of these oft-named individuals have a focus on practical skill sets such as shooting accurately, martial arts, or close-quarters tactics, but they don’t always have a breadth of deep knowledge regarding what I call the... Full Article »

Legally Justified Shooting … But Was it Avoidable?

Jan 22, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

A concept gaining steam but causing confusion, angst, and anger... It’s interesting--and sad--that when a police shooting makes national news, the term “police violence” is almost always used. People look for any opportunity to place blame on law enforcement.  They dissect the videos and point to anything that can transfer blame from the perpetrator to the police. We hear things like… “He used no de-escalation tactics before he ... Full Article »

Deadly Reminders of Survival Commandments

Jan 19, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

One of the critical officer survival commandments we discuss in the nearly 400 pages of our book Street Survival II (available through our Web site and Amazon) is the fact that just because a suspect is down—for whatever reason—and appears to be incapacitated, ready to surrender or die, you should not relax. At that point you’re entering one of the two most dangerous phases of any encounter; the approach and the arrest. Even in situation... Full Article »

A Cop’s Candid Story: Confronting Anxiety and Depression

Jan 13, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Some time ago, I attended a mandatory mental health briefing with my Gang Task Force officers. Approximately 60 other officers and dispatchers were present. The speaker was a nurse practitioner who specialized in mental health care. During the briefing, she presented a PowerPoint slide that listed six items. She said, “If you have experienced any two of these six symptoms for more than two weeks, you are clinically depressed.” Those sympto... Full Article »

5 Tips for Testifying After a Shooting

Jan 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

In their powerfully written and impressively thorough new book, Deadly Force Encounters, 2nd Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, prominent law enforcement behavioral science consultant and trainer, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, and seasoned law enforcement veteran and award-winning author, Loren W. Christensen, include a wealth of information related to virtually every topic associated with deadly force. (Get a copy. You will not ... Full Article »

7 Keys to Winning a Use-of-Force Lawsuit

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

Once you’ve defended your life on the street, how do you now defend yourself in civil court—and win the lawsuit that customarily follows an officer-involved shooting? We put that question recently to veteran attorney Scott Wood, a former cop who’s spent the last quarter-century representing officers and agencies against accusations of excessive force and other alleged wrongdoings. He identified seven critical issues you and your attor... Full Article »

Are You Prepared, Off-Duty, for Evil in that Moment?

Jan 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

It’s been reported that Jack Wilson, a range instructor with a law enforcement background, had "eyes" on Keith Kinnunen right away.  Something wasn’t quite right about him. He was standing along the side wall toward the back of the church wearing a long, seemingly unnecessary coat and what observers reported as an “obvious” fake beard and perhaps a wig.  Police officers describe bystanders’ intuitive responses to Kinnunen in several w... Full Article »

Are Officers Spending Too Much Time on the Range?

Dec 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Every agency has specific, often unique training needs. Creating a training agenda that checks all of the required boxes is challenging, to say the least. Trainers often must discern which types of training are required, as well as the frequency of each training topic. In addition, they’re responsible for removing training topics when they become irrelevant or fall to the bottom of the priority list. At one point, my agency held six out of i... Full Article »

Cops, Addiction & A Ground-Breaking Place to Get Help

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

In 2016, Des Plaines, Illinois Chief of Police Bill Kushner was approached with an idea which aimed to solve a problem that had been around for decades. When he started with the Chicago Police Department in 1977, Chief Kushner remembers that the way incidents involving officers abusing alcohol or other substances ended up being more enabling than and preventative. Fast forward to 1989, “the age of enlightenment” as Chief Kushner, then a se... Full Article »

REACTing to Non-Compliance

Dec 20, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In our popular new textbook,  Street Survival II, we dedicate a section to issues related to compliance…and lack thereof. Compliance is extremely helpful to have but sometimes extremely difficult to get. Some suspects just won’t comply with commands. No surprise, right? But the way you approach that situation can have a crucial impact on the speed at which you gain compliance and the success you have in achieving it. Some officers believe... Full Article »

A Cop’s Tips for Keeping Young Kids Safe

Dec 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
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I recently read a Calibre Press article titled Family Safety Tips for Off Duty Encounters. It brought to mind all of the things I’ve done with my daughter over the years to empower her and keep her safe. The last thing we want is for anything terrible to happen to our children. We want to teach them what they should do in the case of an emergency, but we also don’t want them to live in fear. As my daughter’s mom, it’s my job to worry. ... Full Article »

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