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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 »

Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!  

Jun 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

There’s a beauty about getting older—you become more comfortable in your own skin. The need for approval diminishes, you’re more confident in life and you can speak your mind without the fear of rejection. But if you want to stay comfortable in your own skin as you age, you need to protecting it properly! Consider this scenario: You put your gear in your unit and ready to hit the streets. Before the day gets rolling, the commander rev... Full Article »

Back to School in 21 Seconds

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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One minute I was an officer, 21 seconds later, after being shot twice, I knew my career was over due to the damage the 12-gauge slugs did to my left arm. As a former paramedic, I saw the damage and fully expected to lose the arm. I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive. I put the tourniquet on with some assistance and obviously survived the night. Eighteen surgeries and three years later I was medically retired. Yes, I had a pension but it onl... Full Article »

The Scapegoat of Broward County?

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

On Tuesday it was announced that the Broward County deputy who failed to confront the Parkland school massacre gunman has been arrested on child neglect and other charges. Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested for his “lack of action” during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass school shooting in February of 2018. He was charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence,... Full Article »

The M Word

May 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Most first responders run from the idea of meditation nearly as fast as they would run toward the proverbial flames and gunshots of their training. And I get that impulse. The first time I tried meditation I just about lost my mind. The stillness and quiet—beyond oppressive. What was the point of it all? I had better things to be doing! What had I gotten myself into? But thankfully and luckily I worked past those reactions. My point: As a bu... Full Article »

Instilling Purpose

May 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Since my assignment to the training division of our department, I am involved with much of the training conducted, both in-service and new hire. We, like many departments, are hiring at a rate much greater than in the past to fill vacancies. What we have seen, especially in the last three or four years, is a need to increase the amount of training before we release our officers to the FTO program and then academy.  The state requires a pre-basi... Full Article »

No Time for Trash

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

A couple of years ago, I spoke to an assembly of grade school children at a local elementary school. The principal asked that I talk to the kids about what it means to be a good citizen. I had 10 minutes to make an impact on 250 little citizens, who probably mostly had going home on their collective mind. Nothing fancy or flashy. No props. No dazzling slide show. Straight, simple, easy-to-remember talk: That’s what I went for. My Talk Focusin... Full Article »

National Police Week

May 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

The Calibre Press team once again joined the blue masses in Washington, DC to participate in the annual National Police Week activities. As always, the event was marked by an intense and counter-balanced range of emotions and by the end of the week, I must admit, we’re all emotionally and physically spent. So, why do we go? I think that’s an important question we should all ask ourselves every year at this time. Not just those of us who hav... Full Article »

The #1 Killer

May 17, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

The work of first response comes with occupational hazards, including psychological injury. Knowing and accepting this is the first step. Beyond that, how do we build resilience throughout our agencies and ranks? Register here.  And when stress becomes acute, how do we best support our brothers and sisters in weathering the storm? When: May 29, 10 a.m. PDT Cost: FREE REGISTER NOW.  Addressing these critical issues is Dr. D... Full Article »

A Clean Sweep

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

I love the story of Ray Sidejas, operations manager of custodial guest services at Disneyland. Ray spent 46 years keeping the “happiest place on Earth” clean.  Ray didn’t originally think he’d work at Disneyland for long. He held down two jobs while attending college to earn a degree in Police Science. When he graduated in 1969, however, he had an opportunity to apply for a management position in janitorial services at Disneyland. He di... Full Article »

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

May 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

Mindfulness is, at this point, an almost meaningless concept for many. It reeks of an attractive middle-age woman sitting cross-legged in a field of grass with OK signs planted on each knee. She’s ridden a bike here, it seems, and eats lots of salad, and doesn’t do much more than that. How many times, furthermore, have I heard it suggested that we “mindfully” brush our teeth? Do the dishes? Clean house? And if you were to put the adverb ... Full Article »

The Familiar Sounds of Law Enforcement

May 01, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

Law enforcement is one of only a handful of jobs where all the senses are engaged much of the time. There are obviously distinct sights and smells that officers encounter throughout their career. However, there are sounds that law enforcement hear so often that they never seem to go away throughout an officer’s life. The following is a short list of just a few of those. Sirens: Of course, this one is a little obvious, but the sound of a polic... Full Article »

No Bad Days? Not so Fast …

Apr 08, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Daniel Flippo

I recently found myself standing in line at a local grocery store, grabbing a few items on my way home from a long day at work. As I stood there next in line, I heard the cashier tell the customer ahead of me, “Yup, there are no bad days.” She agreed, replying, “Yes, it’s all about your attitude.” No Bad Days It must have been one of those days, or perhaps it was that I was tired and had been contemplating the loss of eight officers ... Full Article »

Jussie Smollett: Corruption Alive, Accepted, Encouraged, & Endorsed?

Mar 26, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

In 1980 I became a cop. Went through the police academy, took classes and tests. One of those classes was on “Ethics and Policing” in today’s society.  The instructor was as passionate as I assume he was unethical. I learned a lot in that class. What did I learn? That ethics was no more than a word and the class simply something that the state said had to be taught. Was I—am I—cynical? You bet. But with reason. First, and quickly, e... Full Article »

The Go-Bag

Mar 19, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Publisher's note: The following post was first published by Lexipol and is reprinted here with permission. For more about Lexipol--and more exclusive content--visit www.Lexipol.com.] From the academy to retirement, most public safety careers impact the lives of those closest to the employee—friends, parents, siblings, a spouse, children. Everyone in the extended family, at some point, will experience unique challenges as part of a public saf... Full Article »

PTSD Is Not a 4-Letter Word

Mar 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

In the summer of 2004, I was a mere intern working in the CSI lab, hoping to learn more about my dream job. Fifteen years later, I can still vividly see the first dead body I saw, half his head missing, due to a gunshot wound from a .44 handgun. I still remember picking up pieces of skull from halfway across the apartment complex parking lot where it took place and placing it on his body. I can still see the blood running down the street to the d... Full Article »

The Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve Use of Force Standard

Mar 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Peter Ebel

Despite exhortations to institute a higher police use of force standard than Graham v. Connor –including from within our own profession—the law of the land remains that 1989 landmark case. Thank God. But the contest over the objective reasonableness standard continues to grow. And we in this noble profession had better pay attention. Moreover, we must do all we can to defend the case law that has guided our actions for some 30 years. The U.... Full Article »

Your Career in Crescendo

Mar 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

Ever since he was old enough to crawl, a boy we know has proven to be very excitable. He’s usually moving at high speed generally, but can reach supersonic levels in no time. For example, when his mother plays certain parts of his favorite songs on the piano, he hits top speed. Top speed happens during the moments of crescendo in the song. He feels the buildup and can hardly contain himself when the music reaches its maximum volume and intensit... Full Article »

Somebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger

Mar 02, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

I’m not a gun guy.  I’m not a member of the NRA. I’m not a hunter. I own zero rifles. If someone were to get me a subscription to Guns & Ammo or other such magazine as a birthday present, I would, after politely thanking them, immediately cancel that subscription. I’m just not fascinated in any way by guns. But, as a cop for 30 years, I was around guns all the time. I still am. Lately I’ve heard and seen—people I know, who are... Full Article »

Emotional Competence

Feb 26, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

Once while driving I reached down to turn on the radio for some music, only to discover the radio was already on. I had done this a few times before. Curious this time, I paused and backtracked what I had been thinking and feeling. I realized I was anxious and looking to be distracted from my own thoughts. We do this in ways big and small: When we feel depressed, sad, or bad in some way, we seek something that will make us feel different. The lis... Full Article »

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