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The Most Pressing Issue of Our Time

Jul 10, 2020 in Uncategorized
By David Magnusson

A note from the author: This article was originally written about three months ago and in the midst of a wave of similarly focused articles, was put in the publication queue for future consideration.  By mid-June it looked as though COVID was spiking again and once more, masks were becoming a big issue as well as dealing with people who just refuse to listen to reason.  Combine this with the demonstrations and protests that have also... Full Article »

Defund or Defend the Police?

Jul 06, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

“DEFUND THE POLICE!”  “ABOLISH THE POLICE!” These are the rallying cries being shouted by many as I sit writing this column. Never in my lifetime did I ever think such demands would be bellowed by so many different people—at least not at the level we’re all hearing it now. Of course, I’ve heard these demands before, but they were always spouted by small, fringe anarchist groups that no one really took seriously. Well, ... Full Article »

10,000 Officers Respond to Policing Poll: Only 7% would recommend becoming an officer

Jun 30, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

When Calibre Press asked officers across the country to share their thoughts on the state and future of the police profession, the response was overwhelming. Here’s what we found: The Participants. Time on the job: Of the more than 10,000 officers who participated in the poll, 44.5% have been on the job for more than 20 years, 28.9% for between 13-20 years, 18.7% for between 6-12 years and the remaining 7.9% for 5 years or less. ... Full Article »

I Agree: Reform the Police, But the Devil’s in the Details

Jun 25, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

The push from many quarters of this country (both the sane and insane) is that law enforcement as we know it needs to be reformed. I agree. I’m not kidding, I totally agree. And no, I’m not capitulating to the hysterical throngs who have no idea about the realities of law enforcement and the statistical truths regarding use-of-force incidents. I was on the job for over 29 years and have been in the law enforcement business for a l... Full Article »

What’s the state & future of policing? Take the Calibre poll and share your thoughts.

Jun 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

[Update: More than 7,000 officers have responded in just the first day. Be sure to share your thoughts!] We're conducting a short 7-question survey asking officers around the country how they see the current state of law enforcement and what they see in the future for the profession and their own careers. The questions should take about 30 seconds to answer and the results will be shared nationwide. Please take a few seconds and give us you... Full Article »

5 Keys to Training Right: Do It Now or Pay for It Later.

Jun 22, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Scott Hughes

After reading Jim Glennon’s article, “Get Off His F***ing Neck!”: Where Do We Place the Blame?” that boldly confronted underlying issues that likely contributed to the behavior we see in footage of the Minneapolis incident involving George Floyd, I was compelled to share some of my own thoughts as a Chief. That incident has yet again sparked debate about police training and tactics. Rightfully so. The images of a police officer with a ... Full Article »

Now’s Your Chance: Reflections on Father’s Day

Jun 19, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

[Editor’s note: It’s become an annual tradition to run this piece by Jim Glennon in honor of Father’s Day. We send our respect and thanks to every father, grandfather, and anyone who plays the role of a father, as well as every parent, relative, friend and person who lends guidance and support to kids everywhere.] I’m a third-generation cop. My dad was a Chicago cop, and his dad was a Chicago cop. Never knew my grandpa. He died when... Full Article »

Deescalation: Completely Misunderstood, Employed & Trained

Jun 18, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard the term “deescalation training” as a sort of rallying cry from all quarters of the country: grieving families, the media, activists, local and national politicians, and even the President of the United States have enshrined those two words into the national lexicon. After a video of almost any force event gains an audience of a viral nature, someone—usually someone who knows nothing about police wo... Full Article »

Watch for Open Doors

Jun 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Sgt. Charlie Eipper

I recently had the opportunity to work two peaceful and productive organized protest events in Wichita Falls, Texas. I was on the ground with the crowds at each event and listened to several speakers. One of the speakers in the first event expressed a frustration that the previous speakers were not angry enough. He stated that he understood that not all police officers are bad and there are good officers. Then he said loudly, “However!” Ba... Full Article »

10 Ways to Avoid Being Tracked Down at Home

Jun 10, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

If you’re like many officers, the idea of being stalked and harassed at home by someone you’ve arrested or someone who has a problem with law enforcement in general may not have been high on your radar, but it should be. It can happen and it’s something you should actively take precautions against. During an interview with Calibre Press’ Street Survival Newsline, an officer who was stalked and harassed at his home shared some excellent... Full Article »

The Hidden Enemy: Fatigue

Jun 08, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Years ago, after working a full shift then assisting at the scene of a bank robbery during which two officers and one civilian were shot, a west coast police Captain was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree. His drive home was long—about 60 miles. After working a long, stress-filled day, it was a drive that may have proven to be too much for his tired body to handle. Although the exact reason the Captain’s car left the road w... Full Article »

Law Enforcement Focus Group Participants Needed

Jun 04, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

COVID-19 has had enormous impacts on almost every facet of life, but first responders have been uniquely affected. Dr. Janne Gaub, an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is conducting a study to understand the rank-and-file perspective about how COVID-19 has affected the job and policing in general. She is recruiting officers and frontline supervisors for participation in virtual focus groups ... Full Article »

Screaming Their Last Breath: Why First Responders Must Never Ignore the Words “I Can’t Breathe”

Jun 02, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Steve Cole, NRP, FTO

Editor's note: Calibre Press first published this article in 2015. In light of current events, we felt it was important to share this information, which is consistent with our training, again. Every officer has heard “I can’t breathe!” yelled at the top of a subject’s lungs, usually as they are being handcuffed and detained after a vigorous struggle. I certainly know that I, as a paramedic responding to those calls to “check the subj... Full Article »

It’s D-Day: Where Are Our Leaders Now?

Jun 01, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

The president is in a bunker. National monuments are defaced. Dozens upon dozens of Secret Service personnel are wounded and injured. Cops have been shot all around the country. Some are dead. Citizens watch as their life’s work—their hearts and souls—are burned to the ground. People are being beaten by the hordes. Communities are in fear. Who is committing all of this violence, all this destruction, and spreading the f... Full Article »

“Get Off His F***ing Neck!”: Where Do We Place the Blame?

May 29, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

“Get off his f***ing neck!” My wife heard me yell the unedited version of that sentence at least a dozen times the other night. I was watching the now infamously brutal cell phone video taken in Minneapolis. It showed a police officer who had his left knee positioned squarely on the neck of George Floyd as the man laid face down and cuffed behind his back. For well over seven minutes, the officer is seen kneeling on and crouched over Mr... Full Article »

Turning Chaos into Growth: Leveraging Adversity to Become Antifragile

May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Major Charles "Chip" Huth

Policing a pandemic has proved very stressful and the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 outbreak has demanded the adoption of novel policing strategies. While we can’t choose to completely avoid the stress and volatility associated with this crisis, the way we frame it can help determine its ultimate impact. The philosopher Nassim Taleb introduced a helpful concept in his book, “Antifragile—Things that Gain from Disorder.” Taleb... Full Article »

From all of us at Calibre Press: Thank you for your sacrifice and your service!

May 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Thank you video from some of the Calibre Press team https://youtu.be/42wIHFEk7vg... Full Article »

Turning Chaos into Growth: Leveraging Adversity to Become Antifragile

May 20, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Major Charles "Chip" Huth

Policing a pandemic has proved very stressful and the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 outbreak has demanded the adoption of novel policing strategies. While we can’t choose to completely avoid the stress and volatility associated with this crisis, the way we frame it can help determine its ultimate impact. The philosopher Nassim Taleb introduced a helpful concept in his book, “Antifragile—Things that Gain from Disorder.” Taleb... Full Article »

Should the Constitutional Cop be Fired?

May 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Port of Seattle Police Officer Greg Anderson, a former Special Forces soldier who served in combat theaters overseas, is in the news. He may be fired. Why? Anderson made a video and posted it to social media. The video essentially addresses the need for officers to uphold their oath to the Constitution of the United States and resist enforcing “tyrannical orders” decreed by state governors around the country—decrees that are unquestio... Full Article »

Curiosity Ticklers

May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

When it comes to proactive policing, particularly in the contraband interdiction realm, the most successful officers stay alert for “curiosity ticklers” – things that are out of the ordinary and may tip observant cops off to the fact that something may be hinky. Several of those ticklers are related to unnatural behavior while driving. Here are a few: Stay alert for a driver who anxiously and repeatedly looks in the rearview mirror or re... Full Article »

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