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Are You Serious, Mr. Prosecutor? Let Officers Ask the COVID Question!

Apr 07, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Should officers be prevented from asking people if they’re infected with COVID-19 in an effort to protect themselves, other officers, citizens, and their own families? Well, they’ve been prevented from asking in one county in New Jersey. From PoliceOne.com: “The prosecutor in New Jersey’s hardest-hit county for coronavirus cases has ordered police chiefs to stop any efforts to require infected residents to self-identify or place qua... Full Article »

50 years ago today: The Newhall Tragedy

Apr 06, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Ed Delmore

Visiting Sacred Ground A few years ago, I traveled to the Los Angeles area to visit my buddy, Jack Schonely, and attend his retirement party from LAPD. Jack served with LA for more than 32 years with additional prior service in a small rural sheriff’s department in Pennsylvania. Jack is a cop’s cop. During his career, he was a patrol officer in South-Central 77th, worked Hollywood Vice, was a member of the Metropolitan Division, a canin... Full Article »

Calibre Press Tip of the Week

Apr 06, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

New! Calibre Tip of the Week A note from the editor: We’re excited to announce the launch of a new weekly segment that shares quick but valuable tactical tips that can be related to virtually anything in law enforcement. Today marks the first installment. Look for more in the weeks and months to come. We welcome your tips as well! Feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] Monday, April 6 Don’t Lose Your Edge! D... Full Article »

“…serious and violent offenses will still be fully enforced.”

Apr 01, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Advice from the IACP on Policing in the Pandemic In a recently released document, COVID-19: Alternative Methods for Delivering Essential Law Enforcement Services, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) shared timely advice for navigating the tricky balance between public safety and public health. “In light of the public health risk that Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents and the pressing need for law enforcement ... Full Article »

9 Ways to Avoid Hopelessness

Mar 25, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

What a time. Policing is stressful enough, and now this. Cops everywhere are needing to deal with the nervous, pressurized public while simultaneously dealing with their own personal challenges that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus situation. It’s not out of the realm of reason to believe that some of us may have thoughts of hopelessness. Hopefully, they’re fleeting thoughts, but notable and likely alarming, nonetheless. In t... Full Article »

DAILY! Conversations with Calibre Podcast

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Podcast & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Editor's Note:  Although the current health situation has impacted officers' ability to access training, for the time being, our dedication to keeping you trained and informed has not diminished. Starting today we will begin posting daily training Podcasts for all officers to listen to. Stay safe, stay healthy and know that we're here for you. Conversations with Calibre: Road Safety March 20th, 202o https://youtu.b... Full Article »

Do You Have What it Takes to Get Through the Match of Your Life?

Mar 13, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

I often use boxing metaphors. The same goes for this piece. I want to share some observations I made during a recent professional bout that link what happened in the ring to policing.  In my last article, I suggested that we look at 2020 as a 12-round event.  One poor round doesn’t lose the fight and one great round doesn’t grant you victory.  That reality played a key role in the fight I’m writing about. The match I watched was betwe... Full Article »

Would You Look Here For A Gun?

Mar 11, 2020 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In the old days, gas station attendants used to ask if you’d like them to check under the hood. That’s actually a good question to ask yourself when you’re dealing with a suspicious vehicle and searching for weapons, as illustrated by a contact involving Pennsylvania officers. The four were working together on a tact team with two officers in plainclothes and two in uniform when they spotted three males in a parked vehicle in a dark area... Full Article »

A Cop’s Opinion: Let’s Restrict Pursuits … Before Untrained Politicians Do It For Us

Mar 06, 2020 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By

Vehicular pursuits rank among the most dangerous activities police officers participate in during their careers. The risk to their lives, the lives of citizens, and property are higher in these events for obvious reasons.  In my opinion, departments can improve the training and safety of their officers by enacting policies that restrict when and why an officer can pursue as well as detail when a pursuit should be terminated. The U.S. Supreme ... Full Article »

Supporting Cops by Supporting Spouses

Mar 04, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Police officers who may need help facing a particular issue are, for the most part, fortunate to have a wealth of resources and support available to them. However, many departments tend to underappreciate a key element of an officer’s wellbeing: their spouse. We recently spoke with Linda Seitz, co-founder of the Huntington Beach Police Department Support for Officer Spouses (SOS) group, about the need for and benefits of establishing a departme... Full Article »

The Art of Bouncing Back: 7 Keys to Unshakable Resiliency

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

Facing the many challenges of police work, some officers survive and thrive while others crash and burn under the stress and pressures of the job. The difference seems to lie in their respective capacities for resilience—the quality that enables you to solve whatever problems are thrown your way, recover quickly from setbacks, and keep your life moving forward on generally positive terms. “To some unknown degree, your capacity for resilien... Full Article »

“Hahaha! Not one officer in this department would recommend anyone work for us!”

Feb 28, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Calibre Press conducts a seminar all around the country titled, Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation. The course is exactly what it sounds like, though we talk about all generations, as well as the evolution of the profession. We also discuss the multitude of current problems that have resulted in low numbers of recruits (especially women and persons of color) and early retirements. The two-day class is conducted by a team of instruc... Full Article »

Can You Detect A Package Bomb? 6 Tips That Could Save You And Your Family

Feb 26, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Having an explosive package delivered to your home is likely not something you generally think about when it comes to risks of the job. It wasn’t to a trooper, but that changed after a suspect he stopped for simply missing a plate immediately became belligerent. What was going to be a verbal warning suddenly escalated into a near physical confrontation, which led to an arrest, which almost three years later led to six sticks of dynamite blowing... Full Article »

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 »

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