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Calibre Press Tip of the Week

Jun 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Calibre Tip of the Week A note from the editor: If you have a tip to share with officers around the country, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] Don’t Be a “Target of Opportunity” It’s important to use extra caution when patrolling territory contested by rival gang members. If personnel permit, you want at least three officers involved in gang contacts: one to serve as Contact Officer for dealing with the suspect(s... 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 »

Are You Ready For the Really Tough Questions?

Feb 19, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

Prepping for a media firestorm Law enforcement attorney and media consultant, Lance LoRusso, is a vehement proponent of hitting negative news reports, particularly those that spread inaccurate, skewed or flat out false information, head-on. As LoRusso sees it, sitting by and not taking prompt action while damaging information is proactively spreading, “not only makes it difficult to climb the curve when attempting to correct the negative ima... 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 »

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 »

Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Officers

Jan 29, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-part series In their iconic FBI report, In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement, researchers Dr. Anthony Pinizzotto, Edward Davis and Charles Miller revealed a wealth of officer survival insights they surfaced after evaluating 40 shootings and other serious assaults on police. Since its release in ‘97, focus on the report has diminished but the information it contains is just as valuable as it was when it first appe... Full Article »

10 Tips for Handling School Calls

Jan 27, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

There are several unique challenges you may face when responding to school calls. Here are several important officer safety tips to keep in mind when dealing with students and reporting to schools: 1. Know the layout of the school.  Schools are a maze of hallways, blind corners and one-way entrance/exit rooms that can pose serious tactical challenges. Familiarize yourself with the layout of your local schools, particularly those that may h... Full Article »

Cops Helping Cops After Trauma

Jan 15, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

In an earlier Calibre Press article we shared tips on ways investigators can help, not further harm, traumatized officers after a force event (see below for a link to that piece). In light of the popularity of that article, we’re now going to share tips for any officer on how to help support a fellow officer after a traumatic event. Note: Remember that although a shooting ranks among the most traumatizing, there are scores of other experienc... Full Article »

5 Tips for Testifying After a Shooting

Jan 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

In their powerfully written and impressively thorough new book, Deadly Force Encounters, 2nd Edition: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others, prominent law enforcement behavioral science consultant and trainer, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, and seasoned law enforcement veteran and award-winning author, Loren W. Christensen, include a wealth of information related to virtually every topic associated with deadly force. (Get a copy. You will not ... Full Article »

7 Keys to Winning a Use-of-Force Lawsuit

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

Once you’ve defended your life on the street, how do you now defend yourself in civil court—and win the lawsuit that customarily follows an officer-involved shooting? We put that question recently to veteran attorney Scott Wood, a former cop who’s spent the last quarter-century representing officers and agencies against accusations of excessive force and other alleged wrongdoings. He identified seven critical issues you and your attor... Full Article »

A Cop’s Tips for Keeping Young Kids Safe

Dec 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Sgt. Cathy Riggs, LAPD

I recently read a Calibre Press article titled Family Safety Tips for Off Duty Encounters. It brought to mind all of the things I’ve done with my daughter over the years to empower her and keep her safe. The last thing we want is for anything terrible to happen to our children. We want to teach them what they should do in the case of an emergency, but we also don’t want them to live in fear. As my daughter’s mom, it’s my job to worry. ... Full Article »

Cops & Criminal Charges: Tips from an Attorney

Dec 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Dan Herbert, Esq.

[Editor’s note: Attorney Dan Herbert is a former Chicago police officer, Cook County (IL) prosecutor and in-house counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police. He now heads a team of law enforcement defense attorneys at the Herbert Law Firm in Chicago. Over his career, Dan has defended scores of officers in both criminal and civil cases involving use of force. He reached out to Calibre Press to share some tips he felt officers nationwide should be... Full Article »

Candid Post-Shooting Advice From a Cop Who’s “Been There”

Dec 11, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips
By Calibre Press

The days, weeks and even years after a deadly force encounter can be extremely stressful for reasons we don’t need to explain. One deputy, who throughout his career had been involved in several shootings--three of them fatal--and had investigated more, felt compelled to share insider thoughts on what he felt fellow officers should be aware of when engaging, and hopefully helping, an officer-involved in an OIS. He generously reached out to Ca... Full Article »

7 Ways You Can Help Families of Fallen Officers

Nov 25, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

The loss of an officer in the line of duty has a deeply painful impact on the department, the community and ultimately, the nation. But the most painful blow is dealt to the officer’s family, whose worst nightmares are suddenly realized. The lurking fear that the “goodbye” said before a shift might be the last has suddenly become an unimaginable reality. It now falls to those left behind to serve and protect that family. Here are a few t... Full Article »

Family Safety Tips for Off-Duty Encounters

Nov 20, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we’ll mention below, avoiding off-duty engagements when possible is always the safest option for you and your family when you’re out together. However, if you must get involved in a serious situation, is your family ready to react appropriately? Here are a few tips to think about: 1. Have an “alert” code word or phrase. This is something you say—preferably out-of-the-ordinary and not something that would necessarily alert or alarm... Full Article »

These Can Kill Cops

Oct 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

1. Lack of focus. If you fail to stay alert and keep your mind on the job while on patrol or you carry distracting “home” issues with you into the field you’re more susceptible to making errors. Potentially fatal ones. Keep your head in the game. 2. Tombstone courage. Danger is part of the job, but unnecessarily going it alone and putting yourself in increased jeopardy is foolish if that can be avoided. If you’re in a high-risk situati... Full Article »

15 Ways Investigators Can Help Traumatized Officers

Oct 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Being involved in an officer-involved shooting or another major force event can obviously have a psychological impact on the officers involved. Good investigators know that and accommodate for it. Effectively dealing with the emotional consequences of a critical incident can help reach two critical investigatory goals: 1. Maximize the accuracy of the investigation. 2. Minimize further traumatization to the officers and their families. Ev... Full Article »

How to Spot Armed Suspects

Oct 21, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Charles Remsberg

Most officers who get shot are caught by surprise – but does that have to be? If you know how to read subtle cues that indicate concealed carry, you may be able to anticipate that you’re dealing with an armed subject and gain a preventive edge of timing and positioning? Sgt. Jeffrey Kleinsmith, the US Secret Service uniformed division, shared techniques used by agents who protect the president to spot gun-toters before they strike. “This... Full Article »

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