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Gun Violence: What Cops Have to Say

May 17, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Chief David Magnusson’s recent article, “How Do We Stop the Gun Violence” definitely struck a chord with our readers. We heard from officers from around the country who wanted to weigh in on the topic. Below are some of the responses we received.For more on the topic:Read a related article by Calibre Press’s Jim GlennonSomebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger: Enforcing current gun law would reduce deaths, but massive new gun cont... Full Article »

How Do We Stop the Gun Violence?

May 12, 2021 in Uncategorized
By David Magnusson

Across the nation it appears that shootings are up.  If you listen to some talking heads on TV, you will hear several theories on why this is so. I recently heard COVID get blamed in a roundabout way.  They said that was because people have been cooped up for so long.  First, the “cooping up” that came on last year at this time has slowly eroded away since at least the autumn of 2020, thus that excuse doesn’t hold water. ... Full Article »

Cop Meets Racist Rant With Impressively Calm Professionalism

May 05, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Want to see the ultimate in professionalism? Watch this impressive officer calmly navigate his way through a traffic stop in the midst of a vitriolic barrage of racist, threatening accusations spewed by a woman stopped for a cell phone violation. Listen for her proud declaration that she’s a teacher after repeatedly addressing the officer as a “murdered.” Wow. If she’s really a teacher, weep for the future.A question for you. After yo... Full Article »

VIDEO: Cops Get Mad When People Who Don’t Understand Force Encounters Judge Them. How Much Do YOU Really Know?

May 05, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

Last month, 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez was shot by a Chicago police officer after several officers approached him and he fled, for the second time in two days. This sparked a foot pursuit. It was apparent that Alvarez had a gun and as one of the pursing officers closed in on him and ordered him to drop the weapon—a command he ignored—he was shot multiple times in the back.Take a look at body cam footage of the incident, then let’s disc... Full Article »

Opinions without foundation

Apr 27, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Jamie Borden

The profession of law enforcement is facing unprecedented negative scrutiny. From my perspective as a retired officer and professional in the analysis of police-involved critical incidents, the most prominent issue is the propagation of opinions without foundation.  We have all read posted opinions regarding the actions of officers who are in the spotlight based on the outcome of events that have captured the media’s attention.  These... Full Article »

“Shoot her in the leg! Use Karate! Fire a warning shot!”

Apr 26, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

[Editor's note: If you're new to our site and have not subscribed to our free weekly newsletter, you can sign up HERE.]It’s time to ask, “Who actually understands what it’s like to be a police officer?”TV personalities? Office-bound politicians? Sports figures?They are suddenly all experts on law enforcement, controlling violence and making life or death decisions in an instant.At least they are from their comfortable chai... Full Article »

VIDEO: It’s a Matter of Time

Apr 21, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Of all the elements involved in force investigations, time is one of the most critical to understand and knowledgeably apply when judging an officers’ decisions and actions. It takes time to observe. It takes time to assess. It takes time to decide. It takes time to act. It takes time to react. It takes time to stopacting. Everything takes time and in pressurized, rapidly evolving force events, that time is often measured in milliseconds not mi... Full Article »

How Can You Mistake a Gun for a Taser?

Apr 19, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Recent events in Minnesota have driven many to question how it could at all be possible to mistake a gun for a Taser and to discharge that firearm while believing you are discharging a CED instead? In the following 10-minute video, Dr. Richard Hough, a highly experienced use of force expert from the University of West Florida, explains the human factors issues and scientific research that play a role in understanding how that can occur.  Her... Full Article »

“Let go of me! You’re hurting me! You can’t arrest me!” What would YOU do in this situation?

Apr 14, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

“When/Then” thinking—when this happens, then I will do this—has been recommended for ages as an effective self-training tool that can help you prepare for prompt, definitive, well thought-out action in a variety of situations. Investing in prior thinking into what you will do when faced with a challenging scenario can prove priceless in several ways…among them enhancing your safety.With that, have you thought about how you would rea... Full Article »

VIDEO: Inmate Threatens to Slit CO’s Throat After He’s Taken Hostage & Stabbed

Apr 06, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

I’m starting this with a shout out to our brothers and sisters in corrections. We all know that dealing with people with a penchant for criminal behavior is part of the job for cops. Obviously, those encounters occur frequently on the street, but exposure to those individuals isn’t constant…all shift, every shift, throughout your career.Not so with corrections officers. These men and women are literally sealed off behind towering walls ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lighting-Fast Knife Attack on Officer. Walking Away, Then Full Charge…in 1 Second!

Mar 31, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

Want to see how incredibly fast someone can go from being completely turned away from you, walking away, to pivoting and charging right at you? Watch this video!One afternoon about a month ago, two Albuquerque officers spotted a man walking down the middle lane of a three-lane street openly carrying a knife. In the footage posted below, you’ll see that his back is squarely turned away from the first officer tailing him as he walks at a mode... Full Article »

Ambush Survival: Increasing Officer Safety

Mar 30, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnsgaard

Engaging in an armed confrontation poses extreme challenges and being forced to suddenly defend yourself from an ambush attack while seated in your vehicle offers a myriad of complications on top of that. Although lower in frequency, the number of law enforcement officers ambushed while in their vehicle is on the rise. This unique situation has never been studied before on its own.We are Advanced Force Science® Specialists and are currently ... Full Article »

“I saw bravery drive past me yesterday…” In memory of Officer Eric Talley

Mar 25, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

The following was written by a Boulder, CO resident named Jodi. It was sent in the wake of the active shooter tragedy there this past Monday, March 22 that left 10 innocent people dead, including Officer Eric Talley who was the first officer on the scene. You’ll hear about her connection to Officer Talley as you read on.Jodi sent this note to a close friend, Sally, who is also very close with us here at Calibre Press. When Sally asked Jodi ... Full Article »

Decision Making in Seconds: Every Force Event is Unique

Mar 23, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Calibre Press has uploaded two short videos of officers discharging their firearms in the direction of human beings. The circumstances were very different in so many ways, but each involved making the decision to use deadly force and then actually doing so. This is the most serious of all the decisions officers have to make during their careers.The videos shown below, as with most of the videos we post for your convenience on our YouTube Chan... Full Article »

Cop Charged with Manslaughter for Shooting Knife-Wielding Attacker in the Back. Your Thoughts?

Mar 15, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

An Oklahoma City police sergeant has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter for shooting a man in the back three times. A man who seconds before attempted to kill another sergeant, charging him with a knife in hand.The charging document, filed by a homicide investigator, included the following: Mr. Edwards (the deceased) charged Sergeant Duroy with the knife before he changed directions a... Full Article »

Social Worker Instead of Cops? Watch this video, then decide.

Mar 09, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

The concept of having social workers respond to emergency calls involving mentally ill subjects is—excuse the understatement—complex.These are highly unpredictable contacts often characterized by rapidly changing levels of confrontational behavior and overall threat to the responding parties which until now, in some places, have always been law enforcement officers.They can involve irrational thinking, paranoia, explosive anger and a ... Full Article »

If He Doesn’t Point the Gun at You, You Can’t Fire…Right?

Mar 04, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

Picture this. You find yourself face-to-face with a guy who’s holding a gun against his thigh.He’s not pointing it at you. He’s also not going to give it up.How do you know?Because he’s told you so. Twice.He’s sexually assaulted a woman, stolen her car, fled from police and he’s right in front of you, just a few feet away with no barriers between the two of you.What are you going to do? What can you do? Shoot him? ... Full Article »

It’s Time To Vaccinate The Police

Feb 24, 2021 in Uncategorized
By David Magnusson

Let me come out and say it right off the bat:  I am in favor of the COVID-19 vaccines.  I realize it is a hot issue made even hotter by the fact that COVID-19 was politicized right from the get-go. To be fair, however, so was the 1918 Spanish Flu.  Not to give a history lesson here, but President Wilson wanted the entire thing to go away. There was a world war to fight.  In fact, during the height of that pandemic, (a... Full Article »

10 Rounds to the Chest and Still Coming!

Feb 22, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

Many cops share two common nightmares. One is related to their sidearm; the gun is stuck in their holster, the trigger won’t respond no matter how hard the officer pulls and/or the bullets just fall out of the gun.  The other is shooting someone who’s bearing down on them, intent to kill, and their rounds have no effect.This video is a real-life example of that second nightmare.Watch this clip and then we’ll discuss:ht... Full Article »

Dear IL Governor: Thanks for sending us your excellent officers.

Feb 19, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Calibre Press instructor Chief Ed Delmore and sent to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in response to the Illinois General Assembly passing HB 3653. For a summary of the elements of the Bill you can read this statement from the Illinois Police Benevolent and Protective Association.CHIEF DELMORE'S LETTER:February 19, 2021To: Honorable J. B. Pritzker, Office of the Governor, 207 State ... Full Article »

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