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

Jun 17, 2021 in Tributes
By Calibre Press

[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 »

VIDEO: It All Happened So Fast! 2 Cops & a Suspect Shot in the Blink of an Eye

Jun 14, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

We repeatedly talk about speed as a key element to consider when discussing, evaluating and training for force encounters; how quickly someone can pivot to face or flee from an officer, how fast a suspect can close in on an officer after deciding to attack, the time it takes for an officer to perceive and react to a threat, how quickly a suspect can fire a gun. The impact of talking about it, though, pales in comparison to actually seeing dead... Full Article »

Vehicle Anti-Ambush Specifics

Jun 03, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnsgaard

In our last article, we discussed the 360° CQD shooting method which works extremely well in close quarters and is the only one we are aware of that offers Two-handed aimed fire in 360 degrees from inside a vehicle. 360° CQD (close-quarter-defense) requires a couple of modifications to the support side hand and arm from the Isosceles/Weaver positions to perform it optimally. This article will be the first of a short series offered to thos... Full Article »

10 Ways You Can Help Your K9 Unit

Jun 02, 2021 in K-9 & Patrol & Tips
By Art Carlos

The call’s hot. The perimeter is tight. The channel is secured. The K9 unit is logged on and is rolling to your location to assist in locating a suspect. Here are 10 things you can do to increase your success when the K9 team shows up: Confirm the criminal elements early and identify the factors that fall within your or the assisting agency’s K9’s use-of-force policy. Do you have a qualifying felony crime vs. violent misdemeanor crime? H... Full Article »

To all the men & women in the military, past and present…

May 28, 2021 in Tributes
By Calibre Press

Thank you for your sacrifice and your service. They DO NOT go unnoticed!... Full Article »

Disparage Those who Protect? Be Ashamed. Be Forewarned.

May 26, 2021 in Calibre Press Commentary
By Jim Glennon

“Why do you watch war movies?” My wife regularly asks me that question. We do have some similar interests when it comes to TV and movies, but not much. So, we regularly find ourselves in separate rooms indulging our own particular proclivities. From where she sits, I can hear whiney housewives from various large cities complaining about what a burden their riches are for them and their spoiled, privileged offspring. From mine, well, she... Full Article »

Gun Violence: What Cops Have to Say

May 17, 2021 in Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
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 Glennon Somebody’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 Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By David Magnusson gun violence

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 Calibre Analysis & Instructor Insights & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
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 Education & Instructor Insights & Law Enforcement Today
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 Calibre Analysis & Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Education & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Education & Officer Safety & Survival
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 Calibre Analysis & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
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 Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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 Tributes
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 Calibre Analysis & Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
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 »