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Are the Police Ever Not to Blame?

Aug 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Highland Park, Mich., police responded to reports that a woman was threatening people and breaking windows at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church on June 24. Upon arrival police officers learned that the woman also assaulted a 13-year-old girl visiting from Virginia. The officers met with the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Bullock, in the parking lot area of the church. Rev. Bullock told the officers that he believed the suspect "migh... Full Article »

Measuring Success & Motivating Service

Aug 08, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In the 1800s cobras were rampant throughout Delhi, India. Cobras are of course deadly, and it would be hazardous to bump into one of these large snakes on a stroll through the city. Thus, the government put a bounty on the snakes and paid citizens for cobra carcasses. This incentive induced some smart citizens to create cobra farms and raise the snakes, so they could kill them and turn them in for the bounty. The government found out about this s... Full Article »

The Debate Over Memory

Aug 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

Radley Balko of the Washington Post writes often about the police. Never, as far as I’ve seen, favorably. In his July 31 column, “Study: ‘Cooling-off periods’ don’t help cops remember officer-involved shootings,” he writes about the practice by some agencies of letting officers calm themselves, sometimes for days, before giving a formal statement. To Balko, this is an outrageous abuse of power. He cites some research that involved p... Full Article »

Disarmings: The Reality

Aug 06, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

My wife and I just returned from a police funeral. Fort Myers, Fla., Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot on July 21 after responding to a call at local service station of a stolen cell phone. He pursued the suspect on foot and during the apprehension attempt, was knocked to the ground, allegedly disarmed, and shot in the head with his service pistol. He survived for a week on life support. His End of Watch was July 28, 2018.  His funera... Full Article »

Gandhi & the Police: An Opportunity for Learning

Aug 01, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

Stress is the occupational hazard of first response. It’s not just the sudden acute onset stress of critical incidents. There is moreover the chronic stress of shift work and a lack of support from some communities, politicians, and police brass. “Death by a thousand cuts,” is how psychologist Ellen Kirschman describes it. Stress—acute and chronic—kills. It kills performance, morale, and innovation, and, quite literally, it kills you d... Full Article »

Brain Power vs. Fire Power

Jul 23, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

 [Publisher's Note: This was originally published in November 2010 by and is reprinted here by permission of the author. Sgt. Humes (Ret), a longtime friend of Calibre Press, will be inducted into the Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in September. The ceremony will be held in Maumee, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo.] “This is the law. The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword... Full Article »

Do Your Policies Need a Spring Cleaning?

Jul 17, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

It’s that time of year when many of us air out the house, clear out the clutter, and do a top-to-bottom cleaning. Spring cleaning probably dates to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleaning one’s home before Passover, although the tradition is found in many cultures. Iranians call it “shaking the house” and they do it on the first day of spring. Regardless of how it started, the idea behind spring cleaning has applicability far ... Full Article »

The Proactive Policing Problem

Jul 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

In this country there are cities—actually particular neighborhoods of cities—that are, if we are to be honest, shooting galleries. Gang and territorial issues, personal slights, drug enterprises in conflict—all result in remorseless criminals firing their weapons at other human beings. Often their tactic is to drive by and spray an area with bullets in the hopes of hitting their intended target. If they miss and hit a 4-year-old sitting on ... Full Article »

Peer Coach Training: Mindfulness

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Crawford Coates

[Publisher's Note: Calibre Press is interested in reducing, and acknowledging, stress in the work of first response. To that end we have published many articles on mindfulness and meditation, which are a couple of complimentary tools for enhancing situational awareness and diminishing the harmful effects of stress on our lives. One of the leaders in bringing mindfulness to first responders is Lt. Richard Goerling, who is leading upcoming peer co... Full Article »

Morals and Morale: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Jul 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

I’ve been in law enforcement for 38 years. I’ve seen a lot of changes in the profession. I’ve also seen a consistency in some protocols and behavior when it comes to organizational knee-jerk reactions by bosses to complaints and/or the ever-changing political winds. Some of those reactions include management kowtowing to the media masses and assigning their officers to ass-covering ‘check-the-box’ training. Often the two go hand-in-han... Full Article »

MAYDAY! I’m Caught in the Comparison Trap!

Jul 05, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

"The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday." – Unknown Firefighters are some of the most competitive people I know. For the most part, that sense of competition is connected closely with camaraderie, and it serves us well: We push ourselves to run faster, perform better, learn more. And when one of us achieves something, we all benefit. But sometimes competition takes a negative turn. Sometimes we look at w... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Man Shot in the Back

Jun 28, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

Anywhere you look for this incident, whether websites, traditional newspapers or on the TV and Cable news channels, you will find that this incident is tagged with some form of this phrase, “San Francisco cop shoots man in the back.” After the NBA finals where some California team was crowned champions, I guess, the San Francisco Police Department prepared their officers for revelers over imbibing with drink of the alcohol kind. A young off... Full Article »

Protecting Our Badge from Losing its Shine

Jun 26, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

As police agencies work to preserve civility, the all-too-near crescendos of sirens (many times our own) on a nearby street remind us that crime’s engineers are always at work. With the knowledge of ethical behavior and moral understanding in tow, police officers have two important responsibilities: 1) bringing criminals to justice, and, 2) doing so while remaining truthful to ourselves. A fundamental question that each police officer must rem... Full Article »

First Net Association & Conference

Jun 20, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Las Vegas, NV—The event will be held at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55426. It is free to members and $95.00 for non-members; however, a 1-year membership is included in the cost. It takes place June 29, so register now.  "We look forward to our inaugural event, and for the opportunity to educate today’s first responders in and around Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas about this unique public-pr... Full Article »

VIDEO + ANALYSIS: S.F. Officer Shoots Fleeing Suspect in the Back

Jun 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

A San Francisco police officer, during a foot chase with 28-year-old Oliver Barcenas, the gang member and felon, pulled out a modified pistol with an exceptionally long magazine. Upon noticing that gun the officer pulled his sidearm and fired, striking the man in the back and critically wounding him. (On the video you can hear the officer tell other officers that they had to find the gun and it looked like a Tech-9.) Minutes later they did find s... Full Article »

Moving Faster Than Thought

Jun 15, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

[Publisher's Note: A version of this article was originally published by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association’s (ILEETA) Journal. Spring Edition 2018 Volume 8, edition 2, pgs. 14 & 15.] It was a very hot afternoon in South Texas. I was conducting reality-based scenarios using force-on-force drills for a class I was facilitating since early in the morning, a class where the audience shared a diverse backgro... Full Article »

Axon’s Accelerate: An Opportunity to Learn

Jun 12, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video

For over two decades, Axon (formerly Taser) has been an industry leader in providing law enforcement with a less lethal option to subdue aggressive subjects. With their ingenuity and advancement into body cameras, Axon continues to build on its success and grow into a company that law enforcement can use for an entire system of technology now and in the future. I recently had the privilege of attending Axon Accelerate 2018, the company’s premie... Full Article »

The Case for Mindfulness in Policing

May 23, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

With every footstep we carry our inner critic and the notorious noise of unrelenting thinking. This thinking mind can be trained to serve us in valuable ways through attention and awareness skills training, commonly referred to as mindfulness meditation. The necessity for cognitive agility in both field operations and in our administrative demands creates an acute need for training that’s grounded in the best available science and our best in... Full Article »

Since When do Police Abolitionists Dictate Police Training?

May 22, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

The shooting death of Philando Castile rocked me as it rocked this nation. Horrific to watch: a man bleeding and dying, his girlfriend live streaming and calmly narrating events, a child wailing in the background, a police officer with his gun drawn, pleading with the woman, obviously in anguish himself … And just one day prior, on July 5, 2016, police in Baton Rouge, La., shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling. This was also captured on vi... Full Article »

Headaches in Miami

May 17, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

I recently wrote an article titled Us vs. Them. It resulted in a number of comments and emails. The premise of the piece was that most of the divide in 2018 between the police and the public can be blamed on the media, pundits, and politicians. Needless to say this provoked some contrary responses. Most of them were respectful. Some, not so much … Those who questioned my hypothesis pointed to the many examples of police misbehavior found al... Full Article »

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