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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 »

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

Mar 15, 2021 in Calibre Press Commentary & Instructor Insights
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 Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
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 Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips
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 Officer Feedback
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 Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
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 Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
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, 2021 To: Honorable J. B. Pritzker, Office of the Governor, 207 State ... Full Article »

NEVER Underestimate the Risk of This Search Warrant

Feb 16, 2021 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Lt. Carl Wittstruck

As I read the details of the two FBI agents killed in Sunrise, Florida on February 2, 2021, I reflected on two similar situations from the area where I first worked as a Police Officer.   On June 13, 2017, A Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Officer was shot multiple times while serving a search warrant for distribution of child pornography on electronic devices. He survived his injuries. On January 18, 2014, Detectives with the Chesapea... Full Article »

Fighting FOR vs. Fighting AGAINST

Feb 10, 2021 in Leadership & Officer Feedback
By Brian Willis

Editor’s note: The following was written by iconic national trainer and longtime Calibre Press friend, Brian Willis, and shared in his Winning Mind newsletter. We strongly encourage you to sign up for that publication and to check out Brian’s excellent training offerings at From Brian: In today’s world we see lots of people fighting. Some are fighting for a cause or for a specific change, and others are fighting a... Full Article »

Five!! Four!! Three…!! Sometimes Deescalation Is Out of the Question.

Feb 08, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

It’s a cold reality—one that many frustratingly refuse to accept—that there are some situations that simply cannot be deescalated, even in the face of impressive, potentially perilous efforts by police to reach that goal. Case in point: An encounter about a month ago between Phoenix officers and a 30-year-old man named Jordan Crawford. Just before 9pm one night, Crawford appeared on his ex-girlfriend’s apartment patio, prompting her... Full Article »

5 Smart Money Moves for Cops

Feb 02, 2021 in Education
By Calibre Press

Cops have enough to stress about. We certainly don’t need to list examples, but if money is one of them—and if you’re like most, it probably is—a new Calibre course, Financial Planning for Law Enforcement, is here to help. The program, which premiered two weeks ago, was created and is instructed by Tim Glennon, an experienced financial planner and investment advisor representative who designed the class with the nuances of police work ... Full Article »

When it Comes to Running Drugs, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Feb 02, 2021 in Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

A California officer learned first-hand that what that title says is true. While patrolling a major highway, he noticed a newer model white Ford Thunderbird weaving on to the shoulder. When he stopped the car and made a passenger-side approach, he saw an elderly man who looked to be in poor health in the passenger seat and an elderly woman at the wheel. “This was a real ma-and-pa type couple,” the officer observed. “They looked like y... Full Article »

Are You Headed for Burnout?

Jan 27, 2021 in Education & Wellness, Fitness and Health
By Calibre Press

Some years ago, a non-profit group called My Officer Needs Assistance published a “Job Stress/Burnout Questionnaire” designed to help guide officers to an understanding of their level of stress, the impact it may be having on your life and your potential for experiencing pending—or existing—issues related to burnout. Their potentially life-saving mission is obviously just as important today as it was then. Here are the questions that w... Full Article »

Tactical Refresher: The “Contact/Cover Street Interview”

Jan 25, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

In Calibre Press’s Street Survival II: Tactics for Armed Encounters—the enhanced and expanded follow-up to the original Street Survival book—authors Charles Remsberg, Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) and Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.) cover an extraordinary universe of topics; from officer safety & survival concepts to cuffing techniques to building entry to firearms to resiliency and mental preparation. You name it, it’s in there! In addition to sha... Full Article »

Localism in Law Enforcement: Creating Conversation in Your Communities

Jan 21, 2021 in Instructor Insights & Leadership & Patrol & Tips
By Chief Chris Hsiung & PIO Katie Nelson, Mountain View (CA) PD

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, local law enforcement leaders began re-examining ways in which to connect with their communities to hyper focus on how issues in the national narrative were impacting their cities locally.  Each community has its own set of individual needs, nuances, and personalities, which police chiefs know very well. These idiosyncrasies are what make each community so unique, and it is why so many choose to l... Full Article »

More Tips To Improve Your Effectiveness as a Witness

Jan 18, 2021 in Legal & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

In the first installment of this special series, we shared four tips from a former state and federal prosecutor for improving your effectiveness in court when called as a witness: 1. Speak clearly and plainly. 2. Describe rather than conclude. 3. When being questioned, look at the examiner. When answering, look at the jury. 4. Don’t hesitate to have a question rephrased or clarified. Here are five more to conclude the series: ... Full Article »

In remembrance…

Jan 18, 2021 in Tributes
By Calibre Press

...and with respect.... Full Article »

Dark Days Ahead for Law Enforcement

Jan 13, 2021 in Guest Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By Barbara A. Schwartz

Dark days lie ahead for law enforcement. LE will continue to be blamed for society’s ills and mistakes. Why? Because LE is the arm of government that is out on the streets interfacing with the public on a daily basis. No other government agency has that task or, more importantly, that duty. LE will continue to be criticized. Officers will be thrown under the bus and prosecuted for performing their lawful duties. The Capitol police will be sc... Full Article »