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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 »

Graham Upheld; Ninth’s Provocation Doctrine Rejected Unanimously

May 31, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

I’m certainly no legal scholar. Haven’t been to law school. Never prosecuted a case or defended an offender. But I do have 30-plus years in law enforcement, a pretty good working understanding of laws, the Constitution, and, I believe, a fair share of common sense. Back in 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit determined in a case titled Billington v. Smith, that the lawful use of deadly force by the police may be ruled unlawfu... Full Article »

What’s the “Thin Blue Line” to You?

May 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Scott Hughes

When you hear a fellow officer mention “brotherhood” or “thin blue line,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most cops, you think of camaraderie, teamwork, dedication, and commitment. If those were your thoughts precisely—good! Others, however, conjured up backstabbing, drama, B.S., more drama, and a lack of leadership. For you, I’m sorry. But I understand. Law enforcement, like most professions, has its occupational hazards. Forge... Full Article »

What I Mean When I Say: #RememberWhereYouCameFrom

May 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

Last month I wrote a piece entitled: “Do Chief’s Take Officer Safety Seriously”? (To fully understand what I’m writing about today, do me a favor and read that article first.) Needless to say, the article generated a ton of feedback, nearly 50,000 views on various social media platforms alone. While the overwhelming majority of those who responded provided compliments and praised me for addressing a troubling issue facing law enforcement... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoots Armed Man

May 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

From WDRB.com: Shively (Ky.) Police have released additional details and body cam footage after an officer shot an armed man Thursday evening. It happened around 6:30 on April 27 on Valley View Drive, near Crums Lane. That's where police were responding to a reported suicide call. During a news conference Friday afternoon, Sgt. Josh Myers says Officer Chad Kolter shot William Bordeau twice. He was taken to University Hospital with a gunshot w... Full Article »

You Get the Police You Ask For

May 02, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

We, as a profession, are not without sin. We have a sordid past on many levels. We have seen massive corruption, lying, scandals, thievery and abuses that include terrifying the weak, drug dealing, murders, torture and framing the innocent. Those aforementioned abuses and wrongdoings cannot be denied. What also can’t be denied is that when those crimes are committed they are perpetrated by an incredibly small percentage of our more than 700,00... Full Article »

Stopping the 5,000-lb. Bullet

Apr 20, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

The terrorist attack in London recently was yet another example of an increasing trend across the globe. Terrorists and lone wolf attackers using vehicles as weapons has become a common method for killing as many people as possible. We’ve seen these attacks in Sweden, Germany, France, England, and elsewhere. The availability of vehicles, and the sheer number of cars on the road, provide an attacker with an effective weapon that can easily go u... Full Article »

The Mission of the Guardian: Fight Crime & Don’t be an Ass#$%@!

Apr 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Policing is dangerous. No matter how well trained or equipped officers are, there is a risk of injury and death with every encounter. Each officer must find a way to psychologically manage the ever-present threat in order to do their job. A very effective way of doing that has been to adopt the identity of a noble warrior. This identity perfectly meets the need for a tough and resilient mindset to face danger and survive a deadly encounter. Whil... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: The Mind-Body

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We have been taught from the earliest to make every effort to avoid, deny, and even escape any feelings or emotions that we label as unpleasant. Modern conveniences make this easier—smartphones, intoxicants, food and drink, earbuds, entertainment, etc.—and some of us get very good at ignoring or avoiding feelings such as pain, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. I mean, who wants to feel any of those things? Hell, it’s why they’re c... Full Article »

Honoring the Dead by Training the Living

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Below 100 owes its existence to a group of law enforcement trainers who realized that, with regard to line-of-duty deaths, it was time to say, “Enough is enough.” Too many of these deaths, they saw, were tragically preventable. More than six years later, our mission continues. Although we’ve made progress, there’s still a lot of work to do, work that includes not only Below 100 instructors, but every single officer across North America. ... Full Article »

Black Magic & Narco Saints

Apr 11, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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In February, 2017, police in Texas discovered the body of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped and then murdered because she had insulted her captor’s satanic shrine. Her captors had tattooed what was described as a “Grim Reaper” from her knee to her ankle prior to murdering her. The police stated that the kidnappers were members of MS-13, a gang known for extreme violence and involved in drug trafficking. At first blush, this story appear... Full Article »

Do Chiefs Take Officer Safety Seriously?

Apr 05, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Scott Hughes

Allow me to rant for a minute … When I became “one of them,” I made a promise to my employees, and myself, that I would never forget where I came from. In fact, I often use the hashtag #RememberWhereYouCameFrom to document my activities with my troops on Facebook and Twitter. To me the reasons this is important are obvious. That’s why I’m amazed in 2017 how many “leaders” cannot—or will not—embrace this concept. Real Officer S... Full Article »

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