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5 Tips for Preventing Active Shooter Drills from Going Sideways

Sep 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Over the last few months, there have been several active shooter drills conducted in public venues – at least one in the middle of a very populated urban area during prime business hours – that ended up causing confusion, fear, and some chaos. These drills are critical, and we support them, but just as critical as the actual real-time execution of the exercise is the planning of the event. Here are a few key things planners can do to bette... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Being a healthy cop IS a laughing matter

Sep 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

Some of the best stretches of my career included two things; productivity and lots of laughter. There are nights I can actually recall being sore from laughing so much. Whether it was with a partner while spending long hours working highway interdiction on the night shift or with team members from a patrol shift or after conducting a covert operation that ended well. These are also the times I remember my co-workers feeling more like family membe... Full Article »

First-Hand Advice on Surviving a Colleague’s Suicide

Sep 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Editor’s note: Sept. 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. In recognition of this critical issue and its broad impact on law enforcement, we share these five hard-earned tips for helping navigate the painful and complex aftermath of an officer suicide. Calibre Press will soon be announcing a nationwide program designed to practically and powerfully support law enforcement suicide prevention efforts. Additional details will be announced here so... Full Article »

Head’s Up. There’s a New Weapon Out There.

Sep 09, 2019 in Uncategorized

Throughout the academy, into your FTO phase and up to today you have been trained to look for, identify and appropriately deal with weapons you might find at a scene and on the people you deal with daily. Over time the types of weapons officers encounter have remained consistent; hands and feet, blades, blunt objects, firearms, and a wide variety of “weapons of opportunity.” You and your partner’s ability to spot those weapons and activa... Full Article »

JUST RELEASED: Dramatic footage of attack & disarming of deputy

Sep 06, 2019 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

What are your training points? A San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s deputy was beaten and disarmed this week after responding to a domestic call. Footage of the incident has just been released. The 21-year-old suspect, whose mother called the police to have him removed from her home, beat the deputy, seized her gun and opened fire as she ran for cover. The deputy was not hit but sustained non-life-threatening injuries... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: New Knife-Attack Decision

in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report & Uncategorized
By Charles Remsberg

Court ponders how far is close enough to be an “immediate” threat Is it reasonable for officers to shoot an on-rushing knife-wielder at an estimated distance of 55 feet…or does the so-called “21-foot Rule” suggest that a would-be attacker that far away does not yet pose an immediate threat justifying deadly force? That question is the core issue in a case of alleged excessive force brought before the US Court of Appeals in the nat... Full Article »

Happy Labor Day!

Sep 02, 2019 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

From all of us at Calibre Press - Have a great, and safe, holiday!... Full Article »

Lazy? Become a Cop.

Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Hear me out... How many people in this profession really care about officer safety? When I ask that question in leadership classes, all of the bosses emphatically say that they do. And I believe that they believe it. They guarantee that they really do care about the safety of their officers because of course - they do. They want their officers to stay safe—no question. And in a deadly moment, each would risk their lives to save one of ... Full Article »

Podcast Features National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame

Aug 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Popular iHeart Radio personality, Fred LeFebvre, recently featured the new National Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in his Morning News Podcast. During an in-studio interview at WSPD studios in Toledo, LeFebvre spoke with original founders, Megan Stockburger, and Adam Davenport. Among other things, the interview focused on the organization’s partnership with Calibre Press. “After meeting Megan and Adam earlier this year and discussing t... Full Article »


Apr 12, 2019 in Uncategorized
By Crawford Coates

Notice: As the publisher at Calibre Press, I like to be able to stand by all that we do and say. Unfortunately, sometimes I get it wrong, as was the case for the article entitled "In a World of Active Shooters: A Personal Experience."  After reviewing the article with the Aurora, Ill., PD, some of the facts provided to our author by a third party didn't add up. I regret the error and wish to apologize to the Aurora PD and community for publishi... Full Article »

Fit For Duty

Apr 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

[Publisher's Note: The following is an excerpt from Calibre Press' latest book, Mindful Responder. It is available now on Kindle and will be out in print in the next few weeks.] Some call us ‘occupational athletes.’ That word, athlete, others will say involves competition, and so they claim that’s not part of first response. But that’s not true, I think. You’re always up against the clock as a first responder. We’re competing for our... Full Article »

The Black Hole of Leadership

Aug 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

One of the critical points in a leader’s tenure is when he or she first goes into a new position. Because of the nature of change and the uneasiness that accompanies it, all eyes fall on the new leader. As people, we quickly become anxious and start to speculate about what the new leader may change, who else may be promoted, or what the cause of the change will be. The way a new leader handles themselves in these first days sets the tone and ex... Full Article »

The New Normal

Jul 02, 2018 in Uncategorized
By Jeff Shannon

For at least a half-century now, Americans have had a seemingly insatiable appetite for movies and television shows depicting the stereotypically angry, jaded, isolated, alcoholic, divorced cop. And yet, as riveting as these characters can be, no one in their right mind would choose to trade places with them in real life. When law enforcement officers are at social events or talking to loved ones the question often comes up, “So, how realistic ... Full Article »

DASHCAM: Bicyclist Fires on Officer, Flees

Dec 06, 2017 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

From Leesburg (Fla.) Police Officer Travonte Kitchen was patrolling Monday night, along U.S. Highway 441, when he saw a man riding his bike with no tail light. When he tried to pull over the bicyclist and talk to him, things turned violent.  In dashboard camera video taken from Officer Kitchen's patrol car, authorities say you can see the suspect fire a gun at the officer's direction. "The officer immediately returned fire and... Full Article »

WEBCAST: A Rational Approach to Incorporating De-Escalation into Policy

Sep 20, 2017 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

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DASHCAM: Officer Struck by Crossfire in Fatal OIS

Aug 23, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training & Uncategorized & Video
By Calibre Press

From After reviewing evidence and items in an investigation of an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead and another officer shot, the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office has found no criminal wrongdoing occurred. On Wednesday, Aug. 23, dash-cam video of the events leading up to the shooting was released by the prosecutor's office. A police officer in Saginaw Township just after 1:30 p.m. on July 19, arrested Farhad ... Full Article »

Artie’s Daughter

Aug 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
By Dave Grossi

Artie Belcher was two things: the best cop on the PD and the worst cop on the PD. Artie was a moralist. There was “right” and there was “wrong.” There was “justice,” and then there was “Artie’s Law.” The most important things to Artie (next to his back up gun) were his family: his wife, his two daughters and his one son. Artie’s sense of family values would make Dan Quayle blush. Men were men. Women were women, and little gi... Full Article »

VIDEO: Multiple Angles of Utah OIS

Apr 05, 2017 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

The officer involved shooting happened in February in Roy, Utah. According to police, two of their officers were called to the scene on reports of a trespassing. According to a press statement, police says the officers arrived to the location and became involved in a struggle with 38-year-old Nicolas Sanchez. Police says during this struggle, Sanchez pulled a gun and officers shot  him in self-defense. No officers were harmed. Accord... Full Article »

Blauer: Gang Officers Fight for Life

Feb 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
By Tony Blauer

This video is one every first responder should watch. It's natural for anyone watching CCTV, body- or dashcam, or, in this case, television footage, to reverse engineer what "reality" we see. We look at it, not from the "unconscious bias" point of view, but from a place of analysis/research: What can we learn? What can we do better? How do we enhance survivability? Here are some of my thoughts. First off, what were the people recordi... Full Article »

Final Tour: A Deadly Summer Continues

Sep 01, 2016 in Uncategorized
By Dale Stockton

Ten officers were lost during the month of August, exactly half the loss that was sustained in July. Five officers were lost to gunfire and five died in vehicle-related incidents. The loss of these officers brings the total loss for 2016 to 79. Now eight months into the year, we’re 7% lower than this same time last year. Thirty-seven officers have died as the result of assailant gunfire during 2016, with more than one third (13) of them happen... Full Article »

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