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Due Process or Mob Rule?

Sep 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

I’m a real emotional guy. My wife says I live in “full color” with my heart and every other passion on both sleeves. My opinions are shared easily with those I’m close to and they often make it into my columns and books.I’ve been asked by loved ones how I—someone so quick to emotion—could function as a commander of investigations and run a major crimes task force. How could I keep those passions, those emotions, so quick to appe... Full Article »

Child Advocacy Centers Lessen the Chances of Further Traumatizing Children.

Sep 21, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Lt. Eric Salemi

It was 1996 and I was a young investigator working a child sexual abuse case. Once again, I found myself in a room in a social worker’s office with a Child Protective Services investigator talking with a frightened five-year-old little girl. This time the “conversation” was about what her mom’s ex-boyfriend had done to her. I had no children at the time and was armed with training from an Interview and Interrogations class, Interviewing V... Full Article »

Don’t Get Too Focused on the Lion Outside the Cave

Sep 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
By H.K. Slade

I haven’t written an article about police work in a while. It’s been a tough year for the profession. I try my best not to gripe and complain, and there are already people out there stating our case far more eloquently than I can. The reason I am writing this now is because I had something of a revelation recently, and I thought it might help at least a few of my brothers and sisters out there who are struggling like I am.The ProblemT... Full Article »

More Clues That May Red Flag Lies: Part 2 of a Calibre Series on Deception

Sep 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

In the first installment of this series we shared the first eight of 16 words & phrases that can help you spot attempts at deception during interviews. Here are the other eight…9. Non-reflective denial of knowledge.Phrases to watch for that are given without pause: I don’t remember. I can’t seem to recall at this time. Not to my knowledge. I guess not. I doubt it. Not that I can remember. I’m just going off what I remember at ... Full Article »

Are You Being Lied To? 16 Clues to Listen For.

Sep 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Part 1 of a 2-Part SeriesYou’ve all been lied to. It’s part of the business. Many times, your experience and gut instinct help you sense when a subject is trying to pull one over on you and you can nip a lie in the bud. But how many times have you been lied to and didn’t know it?During a presentation on detecting deception, a retired Maryland State Police investigator and interviewing and interrogation expert shared a list of 16 “... Full Article »

9/11: Have We Forgotten the Sacrifice?

Sep 11, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

At around noon on 9/11 - the actual 9/11/2001- our homicide task force was called out for a murder that just occurred.  As the Investigations Commander I was apprised of the situation while driving to what would be the command post at the West Chicago, Il PD.  Besides the obvious hell that was breaking loose nationally we had our own coincidental explosion of hell that day. Our murder suspect was a Middle Eastern immigrant.  He had... Full Article »

CKT Ripcord Speedloaders – A product review by Dave Grossi

Sep 04, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Dave Grossi

I’m one of the old guys.  And being an old guy, I carried a wheel gun for 19 of my 20+ years on the job.  Ergo, I’m very familiar with speedloaders.  In fact, I’ve won a few guns in revolver competitions in NY and Canada using speedloaders.  So, when Mike Christoff at Sticky Holsters, Inc. turned me on to these new speedloaders from CK Tactical, I knew I had to get my hands on them.     Time and s... Full Article »

Does the NBA Really Want Change or Just a Day Off?

Sep 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic last week in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man shot by a white officer in Kenosha, Wis. three days before.“Some things are bigger than basketball.” said Alex Lasry, senior VP of the Bucks showing support and solidarity with his players.While the shooting of Jacob Blake captured on video is disturbing—any shooting i... Full Article »

Gang Threat to Shoot Cops Sparks Tactical Reminders

Sep 01, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

The FBI has alerted Chicago-area law enforcement to a threat issued by street gangs who have “formed a pact” to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public.”According to reports, the FBI warning cites more than 30 involved gangs whose members, officials say, have been actively surveilling officers as they work, supposedly to film an officer pointing a firearm at a subject and subsequently being shot by obs... Full Article »

“Seasons Change” – A Poem From an Lt.’s Daughter

Aug 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

[Editor’s note: Lt. David Haynes with the Michigan State Police shared an excellent poem his talented 13-year-old daughter, Annika, wrote with--no prodding or assistance. In it she shares the thoughts of a child dreaming of the day they can become a police officer. “I was extremely impressed, blown away in fact, by her writing skills and her level of observation and attention to detail,” her Dad told Calibre. “Many of the images she share... Full Article »

When Legislators Endorse the Breaking of Laws

Aug 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Legislators in both the state and federal governments exist to represent the people. In theory, they hold these positions to pass laws and protect the tenets of the Constitution.The legal decrees they envision, propose, debate, and enact should only become laws if they benefit the citizenry and are designed to keep people safe from negligent and criminal behavior while upholding the framework of the Constitution. In a nutshell, their... Full Article »

“We need the police. We need hope.”

Aug 19, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Sgt. Karges, Evansville (IN) PD

I’m the son of a cop. My dad was the son of a cop. And, yes, my dad’s dad was also the son of a cop. They all served the city of Evansville, Indiana.In 2011, I eagerly became a police officer in Evansville myself.My father is still on the job. He’s in his 29th year. My grandfather served for 39 years, and my great grandfather for 23. My family has been serving Evansville continuously since 1943.I grew up knowing exactly what a c... Full Article »

5 Tips From a Judge for Better Courtroom Results

Aug 17, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

In an interview with trainer Pat McCarthy, a seasoned judge whose heard thousands of officers testify, shared some tips from the bench that can help you in court. Here's his sage advice:1. Remember, you’re not an extra prosecutorThe judge points out that seasoned officers with years of courtroom experience can be particularly susceptible to trying to “help” cases by angling their answers in a manner they believe will aid the prosecu... Full Article »

Metal Defense: A Product Review by Dave Grossi

Aug 13, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Dave Grossi

As a police trainer, I get a lot of requests for law enforcement product evaluations.  Most, probably about 85%-90%, find their way into my circular file under my desk with the items sent back.  The remaining 10%-15% are really good quality items with relevance to and for today’s street cops.  So along those lines, here’s one I found really interesting.I own quite a few guns.  I do a lot of firearms training and most o... Full Article »

“Look how bad he’s hit!” Don’t Contribute to an Injured Officer’s Trauma.

Aug 12, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

During an iconic study into assaults on police officers, FBI researchers focused on 52 municipal, county, state and federal officers who survived shootings and other serious attacks. Not surprisingly, they found that it’s often difficult for the injured officers to keep focused on a positive outcome. Somewhat surprisingly, though, they found that the people who are supposed to be helping them sometimes unwittingly sabotage their determination t... Full Article »

What’s It Going to Look Like When Police Protection Dries Up?

Aug 10, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Virtually every time I step in the shower, I start to have the very same thoughts.It begins, not surprisingly, with the water.Once the liquidized combination of hydrogen and oxygen is warmed to what I deem to be the perfect temperature, I step into the ceramic enclosure, stand directly beneath the shower head, and revel in those few moments of heaven.Eventually my eyes open, and for some reason I look up at the shower head and fixate ... Full Article »

“One Badge, One Brain, One Life.” New Book Provides Emotional & Psychological Support for Officers

Aug 07, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Lon Bartel, Director of Training, VirTra

Things are harsh right now, in many ways, for my brothers and sisters who wear the badge. Not only do we see the physical attacks that seem to keep escalating against our profession, but the verbal and legal attacks as well. This is not a piece on wearing your body armor or training your physical skills to stay safe and be protected. It is, however, going to be about safety. I want you safe, I want you happy and I want you healthy. You need to we... Full Article »

Deescalation: Completely Misunderstood, Employed & Trained

Aug 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Editor's note: We continue to receive heavy feedback on this article and hear it referenced often in national discussions regarding deescalation. In light of its popularity we're republishing this for those who didn't see it the first time it ran. Be sure to register for the new "Deescalation, Intervention & Force Mitigation" courses we're got coming up. Click here for the schedule.=======Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard the ter... Full Article »

10 Tips for Building Strong Post-Event Press Releases

Jul 31, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

After an officer-involved shooting or other major police event, one of the most critical elements of departmental response is a press release from the agency. Some departments have the budget and manpower to assign specially trained personnel to handle this kind of thing exclusively. However, given the fact that the majority of agencies are small, it’s more likely that’s not the case.It’s important for key players in your agency who may... Full Article »

Taking the Bite Out of K-9 Related Lawsuits

Jul 29, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Police K-9s can be one of the most effective tools made available to law enforcement. Often, they’re used in response to dangerous situations that, without their assistance, may have required additional force to resolve. When a K-9 is used, however, it’s nearly inevitable that after the dog bites a suspect, a lawsuit focused on the resulting injury will follow.In her book Police Dog Tactics, leading police dog trainer Sandy Bryson shared ... Full Article »

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