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Pushing the Way Forward

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

I recently chatted with Darrin Fulton, chapter president of the Kansas City, Kans., chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Fulton is also the driving force behind this year’s NLPOA conference in Kansas City, Oct. 11 – 14. Calibre Press will be there, providing training, and the conference is open to all in law enforcement. If you don’t know about NLPOA or its many initiatives, the following interview is hopefully an intr... Full Article »

False Confessions

Mar 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Does Reid & Associates teach officers a confrontational method of interviewing and interrogating that results in false confessions? I ask that question because recently they were basically accused of that. Or rather—the method they teach was accused of that. So does their method result in false confessions? Not at all. First it’s important to address this at the outset: I have absolutely no relationship whatsoever with Reid & Associ... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Officer Shoot Man Thought to be Armed

Mar 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

From  The Bryan (Texas) Police Department released body camera video Wednesday, showing what Officer Steven Laughlin saw when he shot an unarmed man on February 13th. Officer Laughlin was called to Mallard Drive for a disturbance. The video shows Calvin Baker shielding the right side of his body. Officer Laughlin then asks him to show his right hand and Baker refuses. Police said the refusal led the officer to believe that Baker had ... Full Article »

An Argument Against Narcan

Mar 09, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol

[Publisher’s Note: At Calibre Press we appreciate a diversity of opinion. After all, there are more than 18,000 police agencies and 800,000 officers in this large and varied nation. It goes without saying that the views expressed on belong to the author, and agencies and officers must regardless do what is best for their communities.] One of the most divisive arguments in law enforcement today concerns whether or not patrol of... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

No Excuses for Slugs

Mar 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

It seems whenever I write an article about ineffective, lazy or just plain dumb supervisors it hits a chord. I get emails, texts, Facebook comments as well as officers approaching me at my seminars to describe how they have experienced, or are experiencing, people in supervisory roles that are just plain terrible. In contrast, I also hear from supervisors who try to justify such practices as the “modern way to lead.” They maintain that elect... Full Article »

WINx: Act Like a Cop

Mar 01, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training & Video

In this awesome talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Chelley Seibert shares ideas on how to spare your ego. Instead put a character in your place, remembering that the most important role we all play is “The Best Cop We Can Be” in every scene.... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Fatal N.M. Shootout

Feb 23, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

From Roswell police are still trying to put the pieces of last week’s officer involved shooting together. They have found the suspect was not as clean as New Mexico court records indicate. Officers started talking to 30-year-old Shayne Romero after they saw him returning to a stolen car at a Motel 6. Romero then took off and started shooting at them. An officer shot back, hitting Romero twice. Romero ended up shooting and... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Florida Officer Indicted After Shooting into Car

Feb 21, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

From  An Oviedo police officer has been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated battery after firing his gun at a suspect revving his engine at him in September, according to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. Matthew Danler, 37, was responding to a call for help in the 900 block of Sharon Court on Sept. 1 when he and other officers approached a vehicle. The driver revved hi... Full Article »

WINx: The Questions that Unite Us

Feb 21, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Dongsup "Sam" Kim talks about his experience working with inner city youth in Boston. Sam was involved in the Youth Violence Systems Project which aimed to reduce violence among youth.... Full Article »

Police Work Is Public Relations

Feb 08, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Kinaan

When I broke in at the Central Los Angeles Area of the California Highway Patrol, I knew I was going to be busy. I expected to be taught by my break-in officers the skills I would need to stay on top of my radio calls and my reports, and how to stay safe. What I didn’t expect was the lesson that I think was the most important one that I learned and the one that I tried to pass along to other officers throughout my career. That lesson was relat... Full Article »

Courage: How We Fight the Ferguson Effect

Jan 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol

There’s a conversation going on more and more frequently among officers in squad rooms and weight rooms and late-night diners across the country. This conversation usually involves some form of the statement: “With the way everything is today, I don’t think I’d be a cop if I had it to do over.” It’s a variation on the much talked about “Ferguson Effect.” Not only are (some) officers doing less for fear of negative outcomes, but g... Full Article »

Litigaphobia Rears Its Ugly Head (Again)

Jan 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Dave Grossi

Back in 1986, three health care professionals combined the terms litigation with phobia to coin the term “litigaphobia.” They came up with the term after researching and interviewing police officers over their fear of being sued. As they applied the term, it pertained to that fear being “so great” among some officers that it became a “preoccupation” that “interfered” with them doing their jobs. Now, 30 years later, the Pew Researc... Full Article »

Millennial Thoughts on Peelian Principles

Jan 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Elijah Woodward

I recently heard some interesting quotes about policing. Such as: “The police are the public, and the public are the police.” Interesting stuff that had me seek out their source, Sir Robert Peel. If you’ve never heard of him, Peel was the Prime Minister of England from 1841 - 1846. In the 1820s he brought about many reforms in police and established the Metropolitan Police Force (AKA, “The Met”) in 1829. Reading through his nine Peelia... Full Article »

When in Doubt, Blame the Cops

Jan 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

60 Minutes recently ran a 15-minute segment on the skyrocketing violence and astronomical number of murders over the last two years in the city of Chicago. My dad was a Chicago cop. I was born in the City, lived in it until I was seven and still reside within its suburban borders, where I spent 30 years as a police officer. In other words, I’m more than well aware of what is happening a few miles from my front door. The carnage—more than 4,... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness & Law Enforcement?

Dec 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

Case Western Reserve University has some of the latest information on comprehensive mindfulness research. Mindfulness programs are being implemented into corporate culture, business and management education, and gaining ground among scientifically and medically minded people. The U.S. armed forces is on board too. That’s right: Even the USMC and Army are now using mindfulness to improve workplace functioning, as well as mindfulness-based stress... Full Article »

So, What’s New with the Hackers?

Dec 13, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By Elijah Woodward

[Publisher's Note: Criminal hackers are constantly evolving their practices to evade detection. Although the information in this article is still applicable, with time it will lose relevance as hackers discover new channels. That's the nature of the challenge, so keep learning and keep in touch!]  If you’re interested in learning more about the current events in the hacker community, check out the various “paste” sites. One of the most ... Full Article »

Good Stop or Chicken Sh#t?

Dec 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

On Nov. 1, 2016, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Officer Lucas Jones stopped Jerime Mitchell because the rear license plate on his SUV failed to have illumination. It ended with the subject resisting and an assault on the officer. A shot was fired and the motorist was paralyzed—a motorist with drugs, scales and an apparent intent to distribute. So let’s start at the beginning to understand the violent ending. Good stop? It... Full Article »

Residual Learning: Training Beyond the Classroom

Dec 07, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Early in my law enforcement career I was able and blessed to become an in-house instructor. I was hired by a smaller Sheriff’s Office nestled among the Appalachian Mountains in south central Pennsylvania. When I began my career there was a lack of officers who had the drive and passion to learn more about law enforcement and teach their colleagues. I always found this to be odd. Any training was a day away from my normal duties, so every chanc... Full Article »

On Being African-American in Law Enforcement

Nov 29, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Stephen Harper

From a historical standpoint, the law enforcement profession has primarily been composed of non-blacks. Traditionally, enforcing the law of the land meant policing by those in dominion. To those who were oppressed, the law lacked legitimacy. Sometimes the laws, and some enforcing them, were downright wrong and immoral. In some African-American communities this view has persisted and become pervasive despite the best efforts of many in police an... Full Article »

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