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What Cops Need to Know About Autism

Sep 08, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sgt. Stefan Bjes

 9 Characteristics & Tips for Contact Editor's note: Given increasing focus on law enforcement's interaction with people with Autism we're reprinting this article from an earlier Calibre posting. When I began my law enforcement career I had never heard of Autism. As new recruits, we never received any training regarding the condition or how to safely interact with individuals who have it. In the last two decades, Autism diagnosis have... Full Article »

New studies on body-worn cameras deliver some surprises

in The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

For the first time, a recent study reports “highly anticipated evidence” about how body-worn cameras (BWCs) are affecting federal litigation that alleges the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers. A second recent study reveals how these increasingly prolific devices influence violator satisfaction and impressions of police “legitimacy” on traffic stops. Some results from the two studies are surprising. • In court, ... Full Article »

Implicit Bias Training

Jun 10, 2020 in Calibre Plus
By Calibre Press

30-Day Agency Rental Program An online training program produced and provided by CalibrePLUS In response to the heavy national demand, Calibre Press is offering this highly popular program on a one-month rental basis, available for agency purchase. How does it work? Departments that rent CalibrePLUS Implicit Bias course will be given a protected Website address and an associated password that can be shared with all officers ... Full Article »

Calibre Press Tip of the Week

Jun 03, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

Calibre Tip of the Week A note from the editor: If you have a tip to share with officers around the country, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] Don’t Be a “Target of Opportunity” It’s important to use extra caution when patrolling territory contested by rival gang members. If personnel permit, you want at least three officers involved in gang contacts: one to serve as Contact Officer for dealing with the suspect(s... Full Article »

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May 23, 2020 in Video
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Back to Basics…Again.

May 08, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Richard Hough

Proximity to or partial cause of societal challenges is not new for American policing. In fact, this aspect of law enforcement is a foundational reason citizens formed such forces. Early law enforcement in Colonial America was based on the concept of “kin” policing where people were literally responsible for looking out for their relatives. This was followed by the “watch”system where men volunteered to be responsible for community cri... Full Article »

3,200 Officers Weigh in on COVID Decree Enforcement

May 06, 2020 in Calibre Corner & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

In a recent national poll of law enforcement officers, Calibre Press asked a series of questions related to the enforcement of the pandemic-inspired decrees that have surfaced across the country. 3,234 officers responded. Here are the results: Years on the job. The majority of respondents—more than 80%—have been on the job for more than 10 years. Of that group, 43.8% have been in law enforcement for more than 21 years and about the same, 4... Full Article »

The Art of the Search

Apr 30, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jack H. Schonely

Searching for suspects has always been an unpredictable and risk-drenched mission. It’s a task all of us in law enforcement face on a regular basis. The risk involved with any search cannot be totally eliminated; however, it can be mitigated through training, experience, technology, a proper mindset, and the consistent use of good habits.Every search is unique. Each situation needs to be approached in a way that will keep law enforcement safe w... Full Article »

How Many Flat Tires Are Worth an Officer’s Life?

Apr 27, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Chief Scott Hughes

Since the development of the tire deployment device (TDD), not a year has passed without the loss or serious injury of officers involved with their use—be it preparing for deployment, executing deployment, or post-deployment retrieval. Already, after just four months, 2020 has proven to be no different. These tragedies should make us rethink how we end high speed chases. Before diving into this subject, I will admit that in my younger years I, ... Full Article »

“Top Secret” Blood Lessons

Apr 24, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Ken Crane

In 2008, Calibre Press co-founder Charles Remsberg wrote a book called Blood Lessons in which he compiled 24 true-life accounts of police officers who were involved in harrowing life-and-death encounters. These accounts, told in the words of the involved officers are gut-wrenching, and in some instances, painful to read as they recount their stories in graphic detail to include brutal life-threatening injuries, the physical recovery, and the psyc... Full Article »

Trust Us…Or We’ll Send the Police?

Apr 22, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Ultimately, in the end, enforcing social distancing rules, falls to the cops. Governors in 42 states have declared edicts restricting constitutionally protected and inalienable rights; an edict that two months ago would have been unimaginable and unquestionably illegal.  Even perhaps treasonous. But each of these governors actually have the authority to “suspend” these rights according to their respective states’ Constitution.&nb... Full Article »

New Study: Expert vs. Novice Use-Of-Force Decision-Making

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

New research has revealed specific differences in how “expert” officers think compared to novices in dealing with contentious confrontations—and these findings may help trainers more rapidly educate recruits to make better use-of-force decisions. The research—limited but revealing—was led by Dr. Laura Mangels, a sociologist at the University of California-Berkeley. Her team found that experienced cops were far better at identifying ... Full Article »

Calibre Press Update

Apr 06, 2020 in Calibre Corner
By Scott Buhrmaster

Listen as Calibre Press CEO Scott Buhrmaster gives an update on new resources we're offering now and an exciting new Calibre Press Video Training Division launch coming very soon.    ... Full Article »

50 years ago today: The Newhall Tragedy

Apr 06, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Ed Delmore

Visiting Sacred Ground A few years ago, I traveled to the Los Angeles area to visit my buddy, Jack Schonely, and attend his retirement party from LAPD. Jack served with LA for more than 32 years with additional prior service in a small rural sheriff’s department in Pennsylvania. Jack is a cop’s cop. During his career, he was a patrol officer in South-Central 77th, worked Hollywood Vice, was a member of the Metropolitan Division, a canin... Full Article »

“…serious and violent offenses will still be fully enforced.”

Apr 01, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Advice from the IACP on Policing in the Pandemic In a recently released document, COVID-19: Alternative Methods for Delivering Essential Law Enforcement Services, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) shared timely advice for navigating the tricky balance between public safety and public health. “In light of the public health risk that Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) presents and the pressing need for law enforcement ... Full Article »

9 Ways to Avoid Hopelessness

Mar 25, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

What a time. Policing is stressful enough, and now this. Cops everywhere are needing to deal with the nervous, pressurized public while simultaneously dealing with their own personal challenges that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus situation. It’s not out of the realm of reason to believe that some of us may have thoughts of hopelessness. Hopefully, they’re fleeting thoughts, but notable and likely alarming, nonetheless. In t... Full Article »

Calibre Analysis – Gastonia, NC

Mar 24, 2020 in Calibre Analysis & Calibre Corner
By Calibre Press

Analysis by Lt. Jim Glennon Full Article »

Instructor Insights: Thank You

Mar 22, 2020 in Calibre Corner & Instructor Insights
By Calibre Press

Featuring Cmdr. Liam Duggan Full Article »

Law Enforcement: The Original Social Distancers

Mar 20, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By Richard Hough

Some public servants are uniquely positioned to understand the immediate risk of bad things. Soldiers deployed to active zones, firefighters entering burning structures, corrections officers on the block, and yes, law enforcement officers on so many of their calls for service. These professionals increase their margin of safety through training, the proper use of proper equipment, and by surrounding themselves with a tactically sound team they... Full Article »

Conversations with Calibre: Road Safety

Mar 20, 2020 in Calibre Corner & Conversations with Calibre
By Calibre Press

Lt. Jim Glennon featuring Sgt. Jon Davis Full Article »