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Learning From Mistakes

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

Mistakes. We all make them. Some are minor and require little correction, while others can be career-changing. Following is an example of one of my mistakes, and how I used what I learned to positively effect the police department where I worked. Say It Ain’t So At the time, I was the detective commander and the range master simultaneously, and I took my firearms training seriously. I made weekend plans to go shooting with my father at our gu... Full Article »

Pushing the Way Forward

Mar 28, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

I recently chatted with Darrin Fulton, chapter president of the Kansas City, Kans., chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association. Fulton is also the driving force behind this year’s NLPOA conference in Kansas City, Oct. 11 – 14. Calibre Press will be there, providing training, and the conference is open to all in law enforcement. If you don’t know about NLPOA or its many initiatives, the following interview is hopefully an intr... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Wash. Officer Shoots Stabber

Mar 21, 2017 in Leadership & Training
By Calibre Press

From The suspect in a stabbing who was fatally shot by a Bellingham police officer was identified Thursday as Manuel Gonzalez, 28. Police said that Gonzalez stabbed and wounded a 20-year-old man in the neck during an altercation in the 100 block of E. Holly Street on Sunday and then fled on foot. Witnesses chased him and caught up to him in the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue, police said. Police said that officer Jeremiah Lela... Full Article »

Back-Up Guns, Pt. 1

Mar 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

I’m frequently contacted by agencies, both here and abroad, to either evaluate or assist in the drafting of force policy statements. Recently, I was asked to provide some background on the issue of back-up (or secondary) weapons. This agency had for the most part done all their homework. They drafted the appropriate policy statements and covered the important issues, such as training, holsters, qualification, and periodic inspection. The Ivory... Full Article »

False Confessions

Mar 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Does Reid & Associates teach officers a confrontational method of interviewing and interrogating that results in false confessions? I ask that question because recently they were basically accused of that. Or rather—the method they teach was accused of that. So does their method result in false confessions? Not at all. First it’s important to address this at the outset: I have absolutely no relationship whatsoever with Reid & Associ... Full Article »

Calling All Academics!

Mar 17, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Crawford Coates

Read any an article in the mainstream media about policing and I can almost guarantee that you will never hear from actual police officers. Instead—and especially at the purportedly more intellectual and serious end of the spectrum—you will read opinions and propositions from academics: that is, professors of criminal justice and law at the fancy schools. Check out the New York Times and keyword search “police reform” to see what I mean.... Full Article »

WINx: Communication Builds Relationships

Mar 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video

In this powerful WINx video, Scott Erickson explains that there's one way to build standing in a community: communication. Here's how.... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

Helping Officers Handle the Mentally Ill

Mar 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Karen Solomon

Psychiatric hospitals, mental institutions, asylums, psych wards—call them what you will—they’ve had a checkered history and their future seems to be at risk. Since the 1950s, deinstitutionalizing has been the practice and community based treatment centers have been the expectation. The reality? Law enforcement has had to close the gap. Institutions nationwide now hold about 35,000 patients, down from their peak of over 500,000 just 60 yea... Full Article »

WINx: Restoring Communities to Sacred Ground

Mar 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Colonel Richard Coleman (ret.) USMC shares his experience of how the Marine Corp regained its status as an elite service. Col. Coleman draws many parallels between the Marine Corp experience and the struggles currently facing the law enforcement profession.... Full Article »

No Excuses for Slugs

Mar 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

It seems whenever I write an article about ineffective, lazy or just plain dumb supervisors it hits a chord. I get emails, texts, Facebook comments as well as officers approaching me at my seminars to describe how they have experienced, or are experiencing, people in supervisory roles that are just plain terrible. In contrast, I also hear from supervisors who try to justify such practices as the “modern way to lead.” They maintain that elect... Full Article »

EXCLUSIVE: New Russian Site Wants Your Password!

Mar 03, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Elijah Woodward

I recently taught Calibre Press’ Cyber Security seminar in Burien, Wash., and had some excellent discussions I’d like to address in this column. We actually did a few table-top exercises where groups were formed and they developed their own cyber attacks that could realistically, and quite easily, be carried out against their organizations. This highlighted areas where can easily start taking steps to rapidly improve our security. Two thin... Full Article »

WINx: Act Like a Cop

Mar 01, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training & Video

In this awesome talk from WINx Chicago 2016 Chelley Seibert shares ideas on how to spare your ego. Instead put a character in your place, remembering that the most important role we all play is “The Best Cop We Can Be” in every scene.... Full Article »

BODYCAM: D.C. Metro Officers Save Man from Burning Car

Feb 23, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

From Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC body-cam video as officers rescue a man from a burning car after a crash in the 1500 block of Bladensburg Road, NE on the night of February 20, 2017.... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Florida Officer Indicted After Shooting into Car

Feb 21, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

From  An Oviedo police officer has been charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and two counts of aggravated battery after firing his gun at a suspect revving his engine at him in September, according to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. Matthew Danler, 37, was responding to a call for help in the 900 block of Sharon Court on Sept. 1 when he and other officers approached a vehicle. The driver revved hi... Full Article »

WINx: The Questions that Unite Us

Feb 21, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016 sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Dongsup "Sam" Kim talks about his experience working with inner city youth in Boston. Sam was involved in the Youth Violence Systems Project which aimed to reduce violence among youth.... Full Article »

Leading By GPS

Feb 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

“Our sergeants literally sit in their offices, stare at their computers, and track where we are at by our GPS! They’re pathetic.” This is almost exactly what a police officer told me at a recent seminar, and it was corroborated by several others with him. I won’t say where because they were very concerned about what the ramifications might be if word got out they had criticized their “pathetic” supervisors. Sure, cops complain about... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Take a Deep Breath …

Feb 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

In last several articles we’ve learned about the myriad benefits of mindfulness techniques for any first responder (here, here, and here, for example). The foundational anchor for mindfulness is breathing. Even just a single breath can improve your situational awareness, lessen the impact of your body's stress response, and provide an increased sense of calm. So let's put all that together in relationship to how this can effect our daily w... Full Article »

WINx: Learning From People in Crisis

Feb 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video

In this powerful talk from WINx Chicago 2016, sponsored by Centinel Solutions, Brian Nanavaty walks us through what he learned from working with people in crisis. Brian also shares how we can better protect and build healthy first responders.... Full Article »

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