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Academies Don’t Fully Train Rookies…Alone.

Jan 17, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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When my cell phone rang, I was glad to answer. The call was from a buddy - not some robocall promising lower rates or baiting me into giving up banking information. But it didn't take long for that to change. "Are you still teaching at the academy?" he immediately asked. "Of course," I answered. "You guys have to start giving us fully-trained police officers." "Great idea," I replied. Then I hung up, knowing that would make my poin... Full Article »

A Cop’s Candid Story: Confronting Anxiety and Depression

Jan 13, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Some time ago, I attended a mandatory mental health briefing with my Gang Task Force officers. Approximately 60 other officers and dispatchers were present. The speaker was a nurse practitioner who specialized in mental health care. During the briefing, she presented a PowerPoint slide that listed six items. She said, “If you have experienced any two of these six symptoms for more than two weeks, you are clinically depressed.” Those sympto... Full Article »

A Toddler’s Death Sparks Mourning…and Training

Jan 10, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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Recently, officers I work with responded to a call that no law enforcement professional ever wants to answer: a toddler was found floating face down in a pool. After the incident, the officers were shaken.  They told me that while they were driving to the call, they were discussing infant and child CPR and preparing themselves for the situation. They just couldn’t remember some of the more specific techniques. Police officers are generally ... Full Article »

Are You Prepared, Off-Duty, for Evil in that Moment?

Jan 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

It’s been reported that Jack Wilson, a range instructor with a law enforcement background, had "eyes" on Keith Kinnunen right away.  Something wasn’t quite right about him. He was standing along the side wall toward the back of the church wearing a long, seemingly unnecessary coat and what observers reported as an “obvious” fake beard and perhaps a wig.  Police officers describe bystanders’ intuitive responses to Kinnunen in several w... Full Article »

Are Officers Spending Too Much Time on the Range?

Dec 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Every agency has specific, often unique training needs. Creating a training agenda that checks all of the required boxes is challenging, to say the least. Trainers often must discern which types of training are required, as well as the frequency of each training topic. In addition, they’re responsible for removing training topics when they become irrelevant or fall to the bottom of the priority list. At one point, my agency held six out of i... Full Article »

No Bacon On Your Birthday: The Struggles of Adversity

Dec 13, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my youngest son’s 16th birthday. He was a late riser that morning - not much of a surprise for a Sunday. My wife and I had just finished our breakfast of bacon and eggs when my son came shuffling out of his room. “I smell bacon,” he said, as he headed towards the kitchen. I called out that all of the bacon was gone, but I may as well have told him all of the world’s bacon was forever gone, never ever to retu... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: Court Reminder – When You Have Time, Use It Wisely Before Shooting

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

Often officers have only split seconds to make decisions in armed confrontations. But a federal appellate court has sent an important reminder: When you do have time, use it wisely. How a California officer spent his “discretionary time” in handling a subject said to be wielding a knife was the pivotal consideration earlier this year when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied that officer a favorable summary judgment in a shooting case w... Full Article »

Are Today’s Officers Ready for a Fight?

Dec 04, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

Calibre readers weigh in. Last week, Calibre Press columnist Shane McSheehy’s article, Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face? questioned whether today’s younger officers are really prepared for a fight. The query is one Shane actually uses in his training. “It’s a fairly straight forward question I ask each recruit I instruct during day one of his or her academy defensive tactics block,” Shane says. “Normally, and oftentimes predict... Full Article »

Have You Ever Been Punched in the Face?

Nov 27, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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The day will come when it just doesn’t matter. The suspect has nothing to lose and simply does not care. He is not daunted by your position of authority. He does not fear your physical size. He is not concerned about your gender type. He could care less about your race, sexual preference, or who you may have voted for in the last election. The suspect does not only want to escape- he intends on physically assaulting you with all of his might an... Full Article »

The Actual Systemic Failings in Law Enforcement

Nov 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

If there are any true systemic issues within law enforcement—common, institutional troubles that transcend the 17,000+ completely separate law enforcement agencies—and if it’s even possible to have collective and universal negative commonalities permeating the core of every police organization in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—then they’re not what is regularly pushed by the media. It’s not pervasive racism. It’s n... 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 »

When it Goes Down in the Dark, Are You Ready?

Oct 07, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

The majority of armed confrontations occur in low light conditions. Are you training for that reality? A presenter at a national training symposium appealed to trainers and rangemasters to ensure that their facilities are equipped for nighttime work and suggested that if necessary, they seek the use of alternative locations to be sure this training is possible. He went on to share how with just several extension cords, some low-cost clamp lights,... Full Article »

Are your schools ready for an active shooter?

Oct 02, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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A down & dirty security assessment. One of my departmental responsibilities is to help prepare area schools for an active shooter event. Before my team and I teach prevention and response strategies at a school, we like to do a walk-through of the campus, in plain clothes, to assess the general level of security and preparedness of the facility and the staff. Here is what we look for. Ease of entry. How easy is it to enter the school... 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
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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 »

“Assumed Realism” – What is it and what does it mean for law enforcement?

Sep 06, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Technology & Training
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When people watch critical police incidents on video, it is important to remember that they undergo the same perceptual processes as they would if they were experiencing the event directly. That is, they (1) take in what they see and hear; (2) compare that input against the databanks in their minds pertaining to what they know or believe about the world; and (3) form their interpretations of the experience. This, along with normal emotional react... Full Article »

Suicide By Cop: 15 warning signs that you might be involved

Aug 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

One of the worst nightmares in law enforcement is a "suicide by cop" situation. These highly pressurized, seemingly no-win incidents threaten you tactically, emotionally and should the shooting end up in court -- and it likely will -- possibly even legally and professionally. Dr. Barry Perrou, Psy.D, a former crisis negotiation team commander, is a leading expert on the suicide by cop phenomenon. He served as a contributor to a book, "Suicide ... Full Article »

Racism: What Does it Really Mean?

Aug 19, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
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If you work in law enforcement, there’s a chance you’ve been told that you are racist. This battle cry is oftentimes baseless and is usually the result of someone being upset with an officer's perfectly reasonable words or actions. A well-founded accusation of racism is usually the kiss of death for a police officer's career. Law enforcement supervisors are especially shy about protecting officers accused of racial misconduct; the racist d... Full Article »

What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Aug 16, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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 9 Characteristics & Tips for Contact When I began my law enforcement career I had never heard of Autism. As new recruits, we never received any training regarding the condition or how to safely interact with individuals who have it. In the last two decades, Autism diagnosis have increased by nearly 300%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted studies on the prevalence of Autism using eight-year-old children bor... Full Article »

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