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Is Your “Uniform” Putting You at Risk?

Nov 06, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

No doubt this piece is going to tick off a few cops.  I’ve noticed a trend over the past few years for officers to “dress down” while on duty. I’m not talking about a few cops going rogue, but a formal policy of abandoning traditional police monochromatic uniforms for polo-type shirts, tan tactical pants and sneaker-type footwear as on-duty street uniforms. I recently traveled up to the great northeast to attend a formal evening polic... Full Article »

How to Stay Awake on Duty, Then Get Some Sleep

Nov 04, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

As we mentioned in our earlier article, These Can Kill Cops, lack of sleep and reduced alertness can pose a serious threat to you. One of the usual suspects that contribute to cop drowsiness are shift changes. They’re inevitable, challenging and can, if not appropriately handled, be dangerous. With that, here are some tips for staying alert on duty and then getting sleep after a shift change. To stay alert on patrol: Expose yourself to... Full Article »

Is Your Departmental Culture Changing?

Oct 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol

Tap into your “Patrol Cipher.” Agency mission statements are typically straight forward and stay the same over time. It doesn’t take an interpreter to help someone understand what they’re saying. Agency cultures, on the other hand, aren’t that stable. They’re fluid, harder to define and always subject to change. As eager younger officers enter the picture, bringing with them their own beliefs about what being an officer means and how... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: 6 New Honorees Join LEO Hall of Fame

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Calibre Press

Amid a mix of emotion, celebration, humility, and pride, six new inductees were recently ushered into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in lasting honor of their dedication to excellence in policing. A multi-state audience of more than 200 family, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement supporters witnessed the luncheon ceremony in a suburb of Toledo, OH, where the Hall of Fame was founded in 2017. The program was produced by ... Full Article »

Are you Making the Worst Decision of Your Life?

Sep 25, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

As made crystal clear in Calibre’s Street Survival II book, one of the most critical cardinal rules of officer survival is to wear your vest. Sounds obvious, but it’s a fact: Some officers don’t wear them. The list of justifications is long - and dangerous. “It’s uncomfortable.” “It’s too hot.” “I ride a desk so I don’t need a vest.” “I’m the Chief/Sheriff/Captain/Lieutenant. I’m not on the street anymore.” “I’... Full Article »

Here’s a Twist: Serve with Tough Skin but a Soft Heart

Sep 20, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training

It’s no secret that the relationship between citizens and police officers has soured over the last few decades. However, scenarios, where officers encounter confrontational citizens, are not new experiences. It’s just human nature and human nature is not always pleasant. I’m not making excuses for anyone but it’s a fact of our condition as humans and peace officers must embrace that. The interesting thing about human nature is that it ... Full Article »

The Next 9/11 Is Now

Aug 05, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

On April 20, 1999, a mass shooting event at Columbine High School in Colorado shocked our nation. Although far from the first school shooting in history, the Columbine shooting became instantly important to the American people. It was the catalyst which changed the law enforcement response methodology and tactics for a mass shooting event. Fast forward a few years to September 11, 2001. This is arguably the most significant tragic event in U.S. ... Full Article »

Your Agency Doesn’t Love You

Jul 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

It is all I ever wanted to do. And like so many other law enforcement professionals, I have spent my entire adult life serving and protecting. I remember it all, which is to say, this is a meaningful profession to me. There are few other occupations which have similar attributes of dedication and sacrifice. Certainly our military and our other first responder family members immediately come to mind. The calling of a law enforcement officer is st... Full Article »

Go to The Gym!

Jul 23, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

The Fight I watched with great pleasure and astonishment recently when Manny Pacquiao, at the age of 40, turned back the clock to reclaim the Welterweight title. By now you should now my pure love for the sport of boxing. It also fuels many of the metaphors I use when I write. There's probably no better sport that does this quite as well. The tweet I disseminated early Sunday morning was this: Age? What does that mean? Preparation is the k... Full Article »

More Than Just Buckets of Water

Jul 23, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By Jim Glennon

NYPD officers were hit with objects and, very disturbingly, doused with buckets of water by residents as they attempted to make arrests in Harlem and Brooklyn over the weekend. The two separate incidents, both caught on video, are beyond disturbing for me as a police officer. My first thought upon viewing was, “Turn around and grab the first person you can who was committing these crimes on the officers!” My second? What the hell has become ... Full Article »

The Dangers We Control

Jul 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

To me, the best part of being a police officer was being a beat cop. A lot of people look down on long-tenured patrol officers, but we never tell stories about that one day on a cushy assignment when got to go home early. No, the best cop stories happen on night shifts, or insanely busy weekends, or running to a hot call, lights flashing, sirens blaring, half your squad at your back as you all roll towards danger. That’s patrol for me. My curr... Full Article »

10 Non-Verbals All Officers Should Be Able to Recognize & Interpret

Jul 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

[Note: The following information is taken from the new training textbook, Street Survival II. ILEETA members will receive a 10% discount on this title if you use the code: ILEETA10 at check out. To order, click here.] When it comes to securing and maintaining your tactical advantage, the ability to recognize and interpret non-verbal communication when dealing with potentially troublesome subjects can be one of the most powerful officer safety ... Full Article »

The Wounded Blue: Never Forgotten, Never Alone

Jul 03, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Crawford Coates

“My foremost goal as a filmmaker is to continue to tell impactful stories that shed a positive light on the law enforcement community,” says filmmaker Jason Harney. He’s been a movie buff for as long as he can remember. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying a full career at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department—as an FTO, detective, field training sergeant, among many roles there. In the 1990s he started, as he puts it, “han... Full Article »

The Emperor is Naked

Jun 24, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

A headline from the Chicago Sun-Times two weeks ago: “High-ranking Chicago cop in hot water with [Mayor] Lightfoot for taking vacation as summer violence spikes." Days later it was still a banner headline on city newscasts. It was discussed ad nauseum in the media. Meanwhile, the emperor rides butt-naked past the shrilling voices that see the obvious nudity on display. They dare not speak of it. For those of you unfamiliar with the concep... 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 »

Instilling Purpose

May 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

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 »

Beyond the Routine Traffic Stop

May 30, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Robert J. Kicklighter

“You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.” ---T. Blauer One of the bizarre things Keith Richards said was, "I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem." Now, two young men in Brunswick, Ga., can concur. On a hot and muggy Saturday morning, tempers flared between Cedric Ramsey, 26, and a female in a yard in Brunswick. A nearby citizen called 911 as a result. Ramsey and a friend, Ronald Ulmer, 35,... Full Article »

TV Cop Trivia: Past and Present, Part 1

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By Dave Grossi

A while back I authored a piece comparing the fictionalized T.V. California cop T.J. Hooker and the real-life Vegas officer R.C. Hindi . I received quite a bit of feedback from our readers.  So I decided to put together another piece with some trivia about TV cops. The answers will appear in a few days in a follow up piece. Take the test from memory. See how you do. The Quiz 1. What was the first name of the LAPD cop popularized by actor Peter... 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 »

Hiring the Invested Candidate

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Daniel Flippo

Recruiting and hiring new officers is a challenge faced by law enforcement agencies across the nation. Fewer people are drawn to a career, and, unlike many veteran officers, often new candidates don’t see a career in law enforcement as a calling. Agencies are facing extreme staffing shortages, where more than 25% of their work force is vacant, injured, or retiring. This creates a burden on departments to address workload and morale issues with... Full Article »

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