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The Mindful Officer: Staying Calm in the Storm

Jun 13, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We as LEOs aren’t strangers to performance under stress. Often negotiating many stressful situations in a single tour of duty, I wonder: What can cause mistakes or, even worse, panic during our daily rollercoaster ride? A sports analogy: Your favorite NFL receiver misses a sideline catch on the third down and fails to move the chains. Or when you musically inclined folks drop a string of notes during your solo. How about asking your high-s... Full Article »

Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin!  

Jun 11, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

There’s a beauty about getting older—you become more comfortable in your own skin. The need for approval diminishes, you’re more confident in life and you can speak your mind without the fear of rejection. But if you want to stay comfortable in your own skin as you age, you need to protecting it properly! Consider this scenario: You put your gear in your unit and ready to hit the streets. Before the day gets rolling, the commander rev... Full Article »

Back to School in 21 Seconds

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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One minute I was an officer, 21 seconds later, after being shot twice, I knew my career was over due to the damage the 12-gauge slugs did to my left arm. As a former paramedic, I saw the damage and fully expected to lose the arm. I didn’t care. I just wanted to survive. I put the tourniquet on with some assistance and obviously survived the night. Eighteen surgeries and three years later I was medically retired. Yes, I had a pension but it onl... Full Article »

The Scapegoat of Broward County?

Jun 05, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

On Tuesday it was announced that the Broward County deputy who failed to confront the Parkland school massacre gunman has been arrested on child neglect and other charges. Former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested for his “lack of action” during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass school shooting in February of 2018. He was charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence,... Full Article »

Calibre Press On the Move

Jun 03, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Jim Glennon

Over the last eight years since Lisa and I became co-owners of Calibre Press, the momentum of the company has accelerated … a lot. Demand for Calibre training has dramatically increased. We revamped the bestselling Street Survival book and released Street Survival II, which was a monumental task and a major step forward for us and for all of law enforcement. We’ve expanded our course offerings, introduced new products and formed new relation... Full Article »

The M Word

May 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Crawford Coates

Most first responders run from the idea of meditation nearly as fast as they would run toward the proverbial flames and gunshots of their training. And I get that impulse. The first time I tried meditation I just about lost my mind. The stillness and quiet—beyond oppressive. What was the point of it all? I had better things to be doing! What had I gotten myself into? But thankfully and luckily I worked past those reactions. My point: As a bu... Full Article »

Instilling Purpose

May 30, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Since my assignment to the training division of our department, I am involved with much of the training conducted, both in-service and new hire. We, like many departments, are hiring at a rate much greater than in the past to fill vacancies. What we have seen, especially in the last three or four years, is a need to increase the amount of training before we release our officers to the FTO program and then academy.  The state requires a pre-basi... Full Article »

No Time for Trash

May 22, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By John Patston

A couple of years ago, I spoke to an assembly of grade school children at a local elementary school. The principal asked that I talk to the kids about what it means to be a good citizen. I had 10 minutes to make an impact on 250 little citizens, who probably mostly had going home on their collective mind. Nothing fancy or flashy. No props. No dazzling slide show. Straight, simple, easy-to-remember talk: That’s what I went for. My Talk Focusin... Full Article »

National Police Week

May 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Jim Glennon

The Calibre Press team once again joined the blue masses in Washington, DC to participate in the annual National Police Week activities. As always, the event was marked by an intense and counter-balanced range of emotions and by the end of the week, I must admit, we’re all emotionally and physically spent. So, why do we go? I think that’s an important question we should all ask ourselves every year at this time. Not just those of us who hav... Full Article »

The #1 Killer

May 17, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Calibre Press

The work of first response comes with occupational hazards, including psychological injury. Knowing and accepting this is the first step. Beyond that, how do we build resilience throughout our agencies and ranks? Register here.  And when stress becomes acute, how do we best support our brothers and sisters in weathering the storm? When: May 29, 10 a.m. PDT Cost: FREE REGISTER NOW.  Addressing these critical issues is Dr. D... Full Article »

The Odds of Another School Shooting

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

Another school shooting! These words used to numb me. Yes, they still do. But there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger that complements my outrage and sadness when I learn of such things. As a law enforcement professional, I think the last thing you ever want to lose is your ability to feel the compassion and humanity when you learn of something like this. Yes, we suck it up and tend to the matters at hand, but it just is not normal... Full Article »

A Clean Sweep

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

I love the story of Ray Sidejas, operations manager of custodial guest services at Disneyland. Ray spent 46 years keeping the “happiest place on Earth” clean.  Ray didn’t originally think he’d work at Disneyland for long. He held down two jobs while attending college to earn a degree in Police Science. When he graduated in 1969, however, he had an opportunity to apply for a management position in janitorial services at Disneyland. He di... Full Article »

Hiring the Invested Candidate

May 09, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Daniel Flippo

Recruiting and hiring new officers is a challenge faced by law enforcement agencies across the nation. Fewer people are drawn to a career, and, unlike many veteran officers, often new candidates don’t see a career in law enforcement as a calling. Agencies are facing extreme staffing shortages, where more than 25% of their work force is vacant, injured, or retiring. This creates a burden on departments to address workload and morale issues with... Full Article »

Mindfulness … & First Responders???

May 06, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

Mindfulness is, at this point, an almost meaningless concept for many. It reeks of an attractive middle-age woman sitting cross-legged in a field of grass with OK signs planted on each knee. She’s ridden a bike here, it seems, and eats lots of salad, and doesn’t do much more than that. How many times, furthermore, have I heard it suggested that we “mindfully” brush our teeth? Do the dishes? Clean house? And if you were to put the adverb ... Full Article »

The Familiar Sounds of Law Enforcement

May 01, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Darrin Fulton

Law enforcement is one of only a handful of jobs where all the senses are engaged much of the time. There are obviously distinct sights and smells that officers encounter throughout their career. However, there are sounds that law enforcement hear so often that they never seem to go away throughout an officer’s life. The following is a short list of just a few of those. Sirens: Of course, this one is a little obvious, but the sound of a polic... Full Article »

Answer the Why, Motivate the Team

May 01, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
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The law enforcement profession is fluid and constantly changing. As officers train and adjust their tactics in an effort to keep their communities safe, so do the criminal element. Law enforcement professionals across the United States must ensure that they also stay abreast of new laws that are passed at each legislative session. As if these challenges were not demanding enough leaders in law enforcement must be cognizant of the cultural challen... Full Article »

FTO: Lead from Where You Are

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
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It's 0300 on a Tuesday. It’s been a relatively slow shift which is set to end at 0600. You’re serving as a Field Training Officer (FTO). It’s Day 17 of the FTO period. You and the new officer have started to find your rhythm. Amid a slow night of catching up on reports and completing mandatory policy reviews, a storm begins to enter your area. In the back of your mind you think to yourself, "Great. Another storm. That means I’ll be sent t... Full Article »

You, Me, & the Whole Crew

Apr 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By John Patston

How well an organization performs greatly depends on the collective effort. With us cops individualism is not as important as plural talents. If I’m going to crush the ball out of the park, then I’d prefer to have a teammate or two already on base. Very often, the success of an agency hinges on the collective and unified effort. Sometimes we forget, but so much of what we do—and how we do it—is the same as those who work around us.  A... Full Article »

Weight Classes Aside, It’s All Boxing

Mar 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

I was in a meeting recently where I was asked about my career in law enforcement. I told them I had gone from the City of Miami (retiring as a major) to the military City of Havelock, N.C., where I served as their chief of police for a little over three years. More than one person commented that there must have been a very huge difference. I replied, “In the amount of calls, you would be correct. But that’s about it.” Those in the meetin... Full Article »

The Go-Bag

Mar 19, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Publisher's note: The following post was first published by Lexipol and is reprinted here with permission. For more about Lexipol--and more exclusive content--visit www.Lexipol.com.] From the academy to retirement, most public safety careers impact the lives of those closest to the employee—friends, parents, siblings, a spouse, children. Everyone in the extended family, at some point, will experience unique challenges as part of a public saf... Full Article »

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