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Cover Officer Tactics

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities of the cover officer. ... So I asked permission from the great folks at Law to reprint an article authored by yours truly that originally appeared in... Full Article »

Our Gooey Blue Centers

Feb 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I recently read an article on Calibre Press about a retiring Lieutenant’s hero: his wife. I find myself in a similar position. For my part, if there were ever a choice to make between my wife and my career, my career would take a distant second. She inspires me, keeps me human. For her I write this column. Aside from my wife, there are many people in my life who do this. I owe them all a debt of gratitude. To all of my friends and family who... Full Article »

Art & Literature in Police Academies?

Jan 31, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

Some authors and publications have argued recently against police receiving and using equipment, training, and tactics similar to the military (the so-called “militarization of the police”). Like most cops, I disagree with this characterization. I present as evidence situations like the shooting in Las Vegas, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Century-16 shooting and boobytrapped apartment, and countless other incidents in our country that invo... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Pt. 2

Jan 17, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

If you haven't already, click here to read Part One. Otherwise, we’re in the city, at the hotel, and all the advance work has been completed. Bob and I are dressed for work and ready to go. Day One 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. On Day One, we’d head down to the ball room at 5:30am and set up the AV equipment, and once again test all the equipment, cue up the film clips and audio tapes, and then head to breakfast. It was important to the com... Full Article »

VIDEO: The Deadly Ambush of a Deputy

Jan 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

From The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released edited versions of body camera video and more details about what led to the deadly deputy ambush on New Year’s Eve. Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot along with three other sheriff’s deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two citizens in an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment. Parrish died at the scene. Officers said they were called to the apar... Full Article »

The Street Survival Seminar, Part 1

Jan 10, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Dave Grossi

The Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar continues to inform and inspire American law enforcement. Under the leadership of Jim Glennon, it has been transformed to reflect the realities affecting today’s officers. I highly recommend it, especially to newer officers. It provides the platform on which to build your career. But my personal, lived experience with Street Survival comes from a prior iteration. See, I was lead instructor from 1988 to... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lessons from Reaching into a Car

Jan 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Tony Blauer

There’s a reason he couldn’t let go and it has to do with fear and physiology. He’s not the first cop to grab the car of a fleeing suspect. It never ends with the cop slowing the car to halt like some superhero. The grab is an unconscious reaction to the suspect’s sudden non-compliance. Trust me, he wasn’t hanging on because he thought it was a good idea. At a physiological level, the crossed-extensor reflex (CER) contracts durin... Full Article »

Focus, Awareness, & Perspective

Jan 04, 2018 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training

"You have the attention span of a gnat." Have you ever known someone like this, or been accused of this yourself? I imagine that some people have difficulty concentrating for long periods of time due to medical issues or their general state of mind. But could it also be attributed to the nature of a person's environment, or their job? Could it be that, given certain situations, having the attention span of a gnat is actually a good thing? Focu... Full Article »

Working Holidays …

Dec 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Joseph Padilla

Working the holidays can be interesting for police officers and other first responders. New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July are usually busy for cops, but many of the other holidays are quiet. Holidays can be emotional times for everyone. It’s common knowledge among cops that the Christmas season can be a lonely time for some people. A November 28, 2010, Psychology Today article stated, “One North American survey reported that 45% of respo... Full Article »

You’ve Got to Throw the Right!

Dec 14, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

Go to a mirror. Any mirror. Get into a fighting stance. Got it? Now throw your money punch: a straight right cross. (If you’re left-handed, that will be a straight left. Throughout the article, keep this in mind.) Throw it in real time a few times. Mix it up a bit. Get on the balls of your feet. Throw a jab then the right. Double up on the jab then thrown the right. I am very serious. Keep doing it. Jab-jab-right! Now slow it up a bit. Take it... Full Article »

Bleeding Out

Dec 04, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

16-year-old Steven Rahor knew what he wanted to do right away. It was the beginning of his junior year and he was sitting in his social studies class when the teacher gave out an assignment. The teacher told the students that they needed to find a partner and create a video, set to music, with images that addressed a socially significant issue of the day. In the fall of 2016 the issues of the day centered around cops—and not in a good way. Po... Full Article »

Promoting Agency Morale Up & Down the Food Chain

Nov 30, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jeff Shannon

The nerd in me I wish there were some objective, universal measure of LEO morale that would show us trends over the decades. That would be an interesting chart to look at. While the intuition and anecdotal evidence presented here may not be as convincing as a double blind randomized experiment, it still has good value. Based on my own experience—and that of speaking with dozens of officers, both as I was approaching retirement and after actual... Full Article »

Quality Policing: What Is It?

Nov 29, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: Great podcasts abound, but what about one that focuses on police work from a police perspective? Enter Quality Policing with Nick Selby and Peter Moskos. Following is a recent conversation I had with Selby about the project.]  CC: What made you want to do this?   N.S.: Peter and I have been having in-depth conversations about policing for some time, and it occurred to us over this past summer that we were tackling th... Full Article »

A Quick Lesson in Logic

Nov 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Scot DuFour

Humanity has made some mistakes along the way. I hope I don’t have to actually create a list of all the things we’ve been wrong about to get my point across on this issue. But in the past we have promoted slavery, prevented women from voting, thought the earth was flat, murdered people for being witches, and too many other wrongs to list. I routinely hear cops talk about how rational and logical they think they are. But in my experience, w... Full Article »

The 8 Essentials of Getting Confessions

Nov 28, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I often discuss in my seminars how I don’t actually have any true natural talents. I can’t hammer two sticks together. I have poor hand-eye coordination. I don’t know anything about cars and even less about guns (though I was a pretty good pistol shot). I don’t have a decent sense of direction. What I considered myself to be good at was getting confessions. Even more than that, I could read people. I certainly wasn’t perfect, but I was... Full Article »

My Apologies …

Nov 21, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

This is an apology to the person who thinks I snubbed him the other night. It will, I hope, serve two purposes. It will make me feel better because I have been thinking about it for a few days and it has really bothered me. It will also serve as an explanation to many in the community for what may be perceived as a "slight" to them by officers of the law. We may seem hurried, uninterested, bothered or even fearful at times. While all of these pe... Full Article »

A Contrast in Police Trainers: T.J. Hooker vs. R.C. Hindi

Nov 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Dave Grossi

Most retired cops recognize the name T.J. Hooker. And many know who Bob Hindi is. If you don’t, just take a quick peek at your expandable baton. See that big rounded cap at the end of your stick. That’s the Hindi Baton Cap, invented by now-retired Las Vegas Metro PD officer Bob Hindi. [caption id="attachment_10448" align="alignright" width="273"] Bob Hindi, the real deal.[/caption] I’ve known Bob for 30 years. We’ve trained togethe... Full Article »

Training for Your Life

Nov 08, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

Under my names are a few sentences that describe who I am and what I do. It reads something like this: Chief Magnusson is the chief of Havelock (N.C.) Police Department. He spent 30 years with the Miami Police Department, retiring there as a major. He is a graduate of American Military University with a Master's in Military history. Chief Magnusson also boxed as an amateur for twenty-six years. I am very proud of my 33 years in law enforcement.... Full Article »

Fly High or Drop It By

Nov 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training

The investigation of drug delivery by mail or parcel service is a challenge for law enforcement, making it attractive to those who want to send various types of contraband rather than deliver it personally. To prevent this, law enforcement must work with the carrier, which might come across signs of illicit items or drugs in the course of their work, so that investigators can work to identify the sender and receiver, as well as make assessments a... Full Article »

FIT4DUTY #10: This Week’s Challenge!

Nov 01, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Tag us with your picture on any social media platform or comment your time on the Facebook (, Instagram or Twitter (@CalibrePress) post for a chance to win our limited edition #Fit4Duty Challenge Coin!... Full Article »

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