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Ebola & LEOs

  How much of a threat does the virus pose? By Crawford Coates One man, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in the U.S. from Ebola. Two healthcare nurses who attended to Duncan—two of at least 50 people who helped care for him at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital—are also believed to have contracted the disease….

Handcuffing: The Lost Art?

5 Steps to safer cuffing by Dave Grossi When you really think about it and analyze it from a control standpoint, handcuffs are the one force tool we probably use more than any other. I’d estimate that almost 100% of arrestees are handcuffed when taken into custody. And they should be. One of the biggest…

Ariz. DPS Officer Shot, Critically Wounded at Traffic Stop

A manhunt is underway for suspects An Arizona Department of Public Safety PD officer is in stable but critical condition after being shot in the face at a traffic stop in central Phoenix Wednesday morning, just before 3 a.m. According to reports the officer stopped a vehicle—which had excessively tinted windows, a state violation—and asked…

Traffic Stop Survival

5 tips that will keep you ready on the roadside by Sgt. Scott Hughes Traffic stops are undoubtedly the most common task performed by police officers. Unfortunately, because these encounters are frequently uneventful, officers become that infamous c-word: complacent! Despite telling officers that there’s no such thing as routine, we find ourselves treating traffic stops…

Great Expectations

Constant, realistic training is the only way to prepare for an uncertain reality By Jim Glennon “Under stress in a crisis, you will instinctively revert to the way that you train.”   —Charles Remsberg Chuck Remsberg wrote that more than 20 years ago. It was true then and is truer now. Everything you do trains…

Policing at the Level of Instinct

Tough issues tackled in Riverside, Calif., seminar By Crawford Coates On a sunny, early Fall morning, the auditorium of the American Forces Network—the largest broadcaster in the world—filled with law enforcement officers from across Southern California. Jim Glennon, lead instructor at Calibre Press, held the stage. From the start he challenged the audience—cursed, showed gruesome…

Stop Working

I’m metaphorically raising my hand. Now I’m gesticulating with the entire arm, furiously, while grunting the attention-getting signature: “Ooo-ooo!” Alas. It’s almost impossible to be heard over the din and incessant clamor resonating from the clueless and biased masses. But if someone here is willing to pay attention, I have the answer. I know how…

As a Police Officer, is it Good to be Prejudiced?

I’ve been watching the saturation of coverage on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict over the past several weeks and now the ‘Stop and Frisk’ controversy in New York. I’m not going to talk about the racial aspects being addressed ad nauseum in the media; instead I want to focus on the issue concerning “profiling” and…

Leadership Personality

What’s the biggest obstacle to overcome in order for you to lead effectively? It’s not budgets. It’s not educational restrictions. It’s not having the wrong people to lead. It’s not having a lousy boss yourself. It’s not the money you make or the assignment you’re given. While all of the above may be challenges, the…

Communication for the Street

In 1995 I was asked to sit through the canned communications course that was being presented to recruits at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in Glen Ellyn, Ill. I was teaching related subjects at the time that included Psychology of Perception, Stress and Variant Behavior. I sat through two hours of the lesson which was…