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The Right Stuff

Feb 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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In 2016, John Glenn left this Earth for his third and last time. As a kid growing up, I was fascinated by our country’s original seven Mercury astronauts who rocketed into the skies. Glenn was a major player before, during and after his first space mission. Some years after his historic orbital flight, he returned to the vastness on the space shuttle. To this day, one of my favorite movies is The Right Stuff. It tells the story of eight men: ... Full Article »

The Power of One Time

Feb 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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2019 marks the 30th year I’ve been involved in Japanese martial arts. During my 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to have trained with a number of Japanese Masters. I’ve found many parallels from the martial arts context to the law enforcement profession. None of the wonderful teachings I have received seem to be as timely or as profound as the Japanese idiom “Ichi-Go Ichi-E,” which translates to “One time, one meeting.” In Japanese, ... Full Article »

Taking Care of the Human Behind the Badge

Jan 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Editor’s Note: This article is from the Cordico Law Enforcement Wellness App, which also provides audio content from Chief Tejada to help law enforcement develop a strong mindfulness practice.] Unlike most other professions, law enforcement is an emotionally challenging and often physically dangerous career. The nature of policing places law enforcement officers in situations where trauma is unavoidable, chronic stress and post-traumatic st... Full Article »

Training Scars

Jan 30, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Peter Ebel Peter Ebel

We in law enforcement wear our scars proudly. The ones on the exterior are reminders that this is the most noble profession known to man. We put ourselves in harm’s way for other people’s lives and property. And they make for some pretty good war stories. The internal scars do not always serve the same purpose. They are reminders of moments about which we might not be proud, of horrific things we have seen, when we have witnessed what has b... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Faces Gun at Traffic Stop, Fires Back

Jan 28, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

[Note: Videos are provided here for reference viewing only, and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer’s own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment in responding to such live scenarios.] As reported by Kfor.com:   Authorities in Noble, Okla., released body camera footage and dash cam video of an officer-invo... Full Article »

VIDEO: Oregon SRO Shoots, Kills Armed Suspect

Jan 25, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

[Note: Videos are provided here for reference viewing only, and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer’s own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment in responding to such live scenarios.] On January 11, 2019, Charles Landeros, 30, went to a Eugene, Ore., Middle School where his child was enrolled as a student. H... Full Article »

Calibre Press App: It’s Here!

Jan 23, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Available FOR FREE on iTunes and Android platforms! Download it today!... Full Article »

Passenger-Side Approaches

Jan 17, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Editor's note: In a previous version of this article we indicated CHP Officer Kirk Griess was killed while standing outside of his passenger door. In fact, Officer Griess was assigned to motorcycle patrol when he was struck and killed by an allegedly distracted and speeding driver. We sincerely regret the error.] Dateline: Columbus County, N.C. Trooper Kevin Conner was gunned down on October 17, 2018 by a 20-year-old suspect driving a stolen... Full Article »

Leadership Lessons of Sports Radio

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

I was Jeeping around Miami this weekend prior to the start of the first round of playoff games. I had on my favorite sports radio show as I navigated around the horrid South Florida drivers. Being a diehard Rams fan, I really was not into the radio conversation too much. Now, don’t get me wrong: I wish the Dolphins well. It’s just that I, well, the Dolphins have not won a Super Bowl … since Nixon was in the White House. In any case, the ta... Full Article »

Police Use of Force: The Reality

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

A police officer using his or her firearm, shooting and taking the life of another, is as serious as it gets for civilian law enforcement interacting with the citizens they are paid to protect. There is, and should be, a visceral response, by most everyone to such an event. In addition, there is, and should be, an examination of the facts, concerning what happened and why after every shooting scenario. But, in this day and age, where being firs... Full Article »

An Open Letter to Police Leadership

Jan 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

In the first two weeks of 2019 we have already lost seven law enforcement officers in the United States. Six in the line of duty and one to a domestic violence incident (off-duty). That’s one every other day. One of the officers killed in the line of duty this year was my friend Officer Dale Woods of the Colerain Township, Ohio, Police Department. The department is located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Woods was struck and killed by a pas... Full Article »

TARGETING SOLUTIONS: Recruiting, Retaining, & Inspiring the Best

Jan 09, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

When: Feb. 27 & 28 Where: Bloomington, Minn.  Why: Over the past several years, law enforcement finds itself struggling to attract qualified candidates to the profession. In addition, veteran officers are leaving their agencies at a rate never seen before. In a climate of clashing media narratives, how do you cut through the noise and sell your culture and your profession? This solutions-oriented, two-day symposium features Lt. Jim... Full Article »

Cop Think: Get Your Mind Right About Wellness

Jan 09, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

When I apologized to my barber for being too cynical, he replied, “That’s okay, I think you know too much.” Society asks police officers to approach or confront strangers on its behalf. This is what patrol officers do for a living. Many of these strangers are not society’s success stories. What these strangers hide in their pockets, their waistbands, their minds—all is unknown to the officer. What will happen when an officer closes the... Full Article »

Finding Fault in ‘Default’

Jan 04, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In his book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant shares the results of a research project that studied what factors encourage customer service agents to stay in their jobs longer than others. 30,000 employees were surveyed regarding what factors made them happier at work. While sorting through the data researchers looked at what internet browsers these employees used to apply for their curre... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

What’s in Your Cup?  

Dec 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Nothing beats a good cup of coffee at the station, sharing stories with the members of your department during shift change.  But the other day I read an anecdote on social media that made me think a little more deeply about this tradition.   You’re holding your cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee? “Well, because someone b... Full Article »

I’m Coming Home

Dec 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Rajib Bhattacharjee

“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.”--Tim Kennedy Throughout a multitude of law enforcement training courses that I’ve taken in my career has been a consistent message that the most important mission objective of a LEO is to come home at the end of your shift. Setting aside any philosophical or doctrinal disagreements that you may have with this goa... Full Article »

TargetSolutions Partners with Calibre Press

Dec 11, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Calibre Press

Press Contact TargetSolutions Rich Miron 858.376.1638 [email protected]   Partnership Is an Exciting Development for Law Enforcement Agencies Looking to Improve and Streamline Training Delivery SAN DIEGO – TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading online training and records management system for public safety agencies, and Calibre Press, known for its educational law enforcement training cont... Full Article »

Straining The Line

Dec 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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The thin blue line is strained. The strain is getting worse by the day. But what if the thin blue line breaks? What I mean by this is: Where will society be when no one wants to do the job anymore? Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing increasing shortages due to retirements, transfers, and a major decrease in applicants trying to get into the academy. The retiring generation often bought into the job at a time when major narco... Full Article »

To Serve & Protect

Dec 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
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“Not all men are created equal, but only the finest become police officers.” This anonymous quote is embroidered in thick, black letters on an oval shaped slab of concrete resting in the center of my backyard garden. My hero may not have a cape or a mask, but he does have a badge. My dad, Officer Wierenga, is my Michigan hero. My dad is a police officer, if you haven't figured that out yet. Everyday he is a hero. It's his job. Everyday, as s... Full Article »

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