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The Most Important Part of the Cruiseship (Is the Part You Don’t See …)

Apr 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

I often write with a heavy dose of metaphor. This article is no exception. So for a few minutes, or however it takes for you to read this, please go along with me. Imagine for a moment that you are on a ship … Welcome Aboard You and your family just arrived at the docks. Excitement is in the air. You are about to set sail on a weeklong cruise to beautiful ports of call. You make it through the gangplank and come on board. Immediately you are... Full Article »

Citizen Review Boards & Bias

Apr 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

“I’m done, they make it impossible to do your job. I got 15 years left. They don’t care if I do or don’t do anything during my shift. As long as I answer my 9-1-1 calls and don’t get in trouble, they’re happy. So, I’ve totally shut down. Just like everyone else.” That’s a composite quote from literally hundreds of verbalized frustrations that summarize the general attitude of way too many police officers in this country. Travel... Full Article »

Leadership & Management: Failing to Manage Will Get You Fired

Apr 16, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

The NFL season ended a few months ago, and many of us anxiously await the upcoming draft and a new season of hope. (Except for Cleveland Browns fans. Sorry.) As is the case every year, numerous coaches got fired shortly after the season concluded. Would you say these coaches were fired for lack of “leadership skills” or “management skills”? In contemplating your answer to this question, consider the following. The owner of the Detroit L... Full Article »

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Vol. 2

Mar 29, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Rebecca Neusteter & Megan O'Toole

Emerging Issues in American Policing is a quarterly digest intended for police-practitioners and community members that presents innovations in the field of policing from the leading academic journals and research publications. Please forward any questions or suggestions to [email protected] Hot Spots Policing & Crime Reduction Recent research suggests that hot spots policing has the potential to effectively reduce crime, w... Full Article »

Undercover Hit Men

Mar 29, 2018 in Patrol & Training
By Dave Grossi

There’s no doubt that undercover work is exciting, if not dangerous. In fact, it’s the exciting part that makes UC work so addictive. One of the most unusual cases our task force team of UC narcs became involved in was a “murder for hire” investigation. [Note: In order to respect the privacy of not only the intended targets of this contract hit, the minor child it centered around, as well as the convicted subjects, I have masked the name... Full Article »

Flashover & Backdraft: What Cops Need to Know

Mar 20, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scot DuFour

Cops and firefighters like to make good natured fun of each other. I’ve heard cops call firefighters “second responders,” and every cop knows the look of sleepy firefighters just called out of bed in the middle of the night. I bring up these examples because they speak to this truth: Cops can get themselves seriously injured when they feel they can’t wait for the fire department to arrive. When a structure fire gets called in to 911, the... Full Article »

We Were Not Drafted!

Mar 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

This month’s article is going to be relatively short. This will be done purposely. There is a message to convey, and I have found that the shorter the message, the easier it is to absorb. I am sure there are many variations of what I am writing here, each one no less important than the others, each one important on its own merits. If you can take one or two or even three great points from each and every article that has been written about this ... Full Article »

Preventing Mass Murders

Mar 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

I was a police officer for 30 years and I have taught Criminal Justice for 16 years. Nothing I can say will help the people affected by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., or people involved with previous mass murders. After the shooting in Parkland, I watched a variety of media pundits blame a long list of individuals and/or entities for the deaths of 17 students. Some people personally blamed President Trump,... Full Article »

Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

Mar 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

The recent Parkland, Fla., school murders have sparked a heated national discussion about school safety, particularly about arming teachers. Law enforcement, teachers, administrators, students and parents—everyone has an opinion on pistol-packing professors. Even President Trump has weighed in on the subject: He’s for it. So has the National of School Resource Officers: Against. It’s a debate that may well go on for a very long time. Righ... Full Article »

Deconstructing Formations: Like an Amoeba

Mar 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

The ideal tactical formation is like an amoeba: a group of moving organisms possessing the ability to alter its shape, assimilate and adapt to it’s ever changing environment; a single, flexible formation, as opposed to a series of different formations for every new situation. This is doable, trainable, and much easier than you think. An amoeba-type formation is achieved by each member of the formation possessing a thorough understanding of the... Full Article »

Looking for the Bad Guy

Feb 28, 2018 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Broward County Deputy Scot R. Peterson is a coward. On this point everyone agrees. His Sheriff, Scott Israel, publicly stated that he was “devastated, sick to my stomach” after learning about his deputy’s apparent refusal to enter the building looking for what turned out to be Nikolas Cruz with an AR-15.  When questioned about what Scot Peterson should have done, the Sheriff simply said, “Went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer... Full Article »

Schools & Police: The Need For Presence

Feb 27, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

While the recent school mass shooting in Florida is on the minds of people across the nation, this article is not directly in response to that incident. Rather, I’m discussing the frequent day-to-day aggression that occurs between students in our schools and just one factor that I believe can make an impact on reducing it. Just so you understand where my views are coming from, I’ll share a little about myself. I am currently employed as a sc... Full Article »

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 »

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