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The Shells We Wear

Oct 19, 2015 in Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

[Publisher's Note: This is the first in a series in which Joseph Padilla, a decorated and recently retired captain from Colorado, reflects on his storied career. His personal experience is, as you will see, remarkable. But more remarkable is his compassion and desire to improve this profession. Enjoy!] Nobody leaves police work the same person as when they entered it. Moreover, being a law enforcement officer can either be the best or worse job ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Detective Threatens Motorist

Jul 27, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today
By Calibre Press Detective Threatens Motorist

A Medford Police Officer is on administrative leave after he was recorded threatening a driver during a traffic stop.  The civilian threatened by the officer uploaded his dash cam video of the incident to YouTube.In the Street Survival Seminar, we talk about Stress at length and the 24/7 aspect of this profession.  It is important that we understand stress and learn to control it.“If you are stressed by anything external, the pain is... Full Article »

Feeling the Burn?

Mar 02, 2015 in Leadership & Training
By Daniel Greene

The role of field training officer is one of the most important assignments there is at any agency. FTOs, on behalf of the department, share their knowledge and skills with the incoming generation. They have first crack at developing the culture, attitude and work ethic of a young police officer.It’s a role that must not be taken lightly, and it’s no surprise to say that most FTOs don’t take it lightly. In fact, most FTOs take their res... Full Article »

Officer Wellness Is Officer Safety

Feb 24, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By Jeff Shannon

Besides courage, there’s nothing more valued in law enforcement than safety. Courage is a given, but safety is learned. One simply can’t be too safe: firearms training, searching and cuffing techniques, defensive tactics, vehicle stops, pedestrian stops—all have “office safety” as cornerstones.Most of us are exposed to the Cooper Color Code system as well, which applies not only to being at work, but when we’re sitting in our livi... Full Article »

Mental Health Break

Jan 28, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By Jeff Shannon

By anyone’s standards these are tough times to be cop. We’re getting more stink eyes and middle fingers from people in the community than at any other time in recent memory. Just the other night I got a text message from a frustrated colleague who asked, “Why should I continue doing this job?” He was stopped at an intersection and smiled at a guy crossing the street. The citizen raised his two middle fingers and started in with the FTP rh... Full Article »

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