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Columnist Commentary: Educate & Vaccinate

Jul 27, 2021 in Guest Commentary
By: David Magnusson

In my last article, I seemed to have struck a chord—or a nerve depending on your perspective— regarding increasing violence throughout this nation and the possible reason that is the case.  In this article I am going to deal with another intensifying issue and convey a plea to all law enforcement professionals.  I’m guessing I will probably get almost as much feedback, some likely mixed with wrath, on this one as I did with my pre... 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 »

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 »

The Final Round

Dec 30, 2020 in Guest Commentary
By: David Magnusson

Living in South Florida (and even during my time in North Carolina) I would count down the days towards November 30th after going through five to five and half months of mind-boggling stress with the hurricane season.  Perhaps a sigh of relief once Halloween passed though there was technically still a month left.  This hurricane season, with the exception of 2005 perhaps, was unlike anything we had known.  I bring this up becaus... Full Article »

Our Toughest Challenge is Coming

Oct 12, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By: David Magnusson

Law enforcement has been on its heels much of 2020.  A lot has changed, and a lot more will change moving forward.  It all matters, regardless who holds the megaphone but perhaps what may matter most is but a few weeks away. As I switch from my law enforcement 8-point cover to my historian cap, I recall that we've had 45 presidents (44 men, to be exact, since Grover Cleveland won two non-consecutive terms).  I mention this be... Full Article »

The Most Pressing Issue of Our Time

Jul 10, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By: David Magnusson

A note from the author: This article was originally written about three months ago and in the midst of a wave of similarly focused articles, was put in the publication queue for future consideration.  By mid-June it looked as though COVID was spiking again and once more, masks were becoming a big issue as well as dealing with people who just refuse to listen to reason.  Combine this with the demonstrations and protests that have also... Full Article »

Do You Have What it Takes to Get Through the Match of Your Life?

Mar 13, 2020 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

I often use boxing metaphors. The same goes for this piece. I want to share some observations I made during a recent professional bout that link what happened in the ring to policing.  In my last article, I suggested that we look at 2020 as a 12-round event.  One poor round doesn’t lose the fight and one great round doesn’t grant you victory.  That reality played a key role in the fight I’m writing about. The match I watched was betwe... Full Article »

Every Year is a 12-Round Fight

Feb 07, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

Get help when you need it and have a strong corner. This article has a tinge of philosophy. Make no mistake about it: my master’s degree is in military history. Sure, I dabbled in a bit of philosophy in the past, but I backed away from it as quickly as a cop coming upon an explosive device. So, you won’t find any Goethe or Kierkegaard in this article. But you may find something to give you a bit of guidance or solace moving forward. Law e... Full Article »

Victim of a Crime? What’s YOUR First Move?

Nov 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Technology
By: David Magnusson

I’m going to share a pet peeve of mine regarding policing. It affects every agency, regardless of size, and every rank. In fact, I bet once you read this, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement. It’s not an incredibly dire situation. There is no substantial danger involved. Still, it riles the heck out of me and it has for some time. I bet you are no different. There’s a race…and it’s “post time” This might indicate th... Full Article »

What’s Happening in North Carolina

Nov 08, 2019 in Uncategorized
By: David Magnusson

In late September of this year, the Charlotte Observer published an article detailing a disturbing trend that has taken root in the area: time and time again, weapons charges are dropped against suspects who are alleged to be involved in a crime. Time and time again, those individuals go on to commit more violence. The article brings to light the story of Mario McGill, who was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a home and shooting a man in the... Full Article »

Are You Ready?

Aug 26, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

Within the last month, we’ve experienced a mass shooting at a festival in California, another one at a Walmart in Texas, and yet another on a crowded street lined with busy bars in Ohio. We can discuss for days the issue of assault weapons or the steps we can take to put a halt to these incidents; I am certain we would have some good debates no matter where we stand on these issues. But I am not going down that road—at least not today. Rat... Full Article »

Go to The Gym!

Jul 23, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: David Magnusson

The Fight I watched with great pleasure and astonishment recently when Manny Pacquiao, at the age of 40, turned back the clock to reclaim the Welterweight title. By now you should now my pure love for the sport of boxing. It also fuels many of the metaphors I use when I write. There's probably no better sport that does this quite as well. The tweet I disseminated early Sunday morning was this: Age? What does that mean? Preparation is the k... Full Article »

Lies: Where do You Stand?

Jun 12, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: David Magnusson

Before we delve into a most serious topic, before you read my article, let’s take a few minutes out and review a song, as I try move to make a point. Go ahead. Go YouTube “Lies” by The Knickerbockers. It’s OK. I’ll wait for you. [caption id="attachment_12417" align="alignright" width="193"] Want to write for Calibre? If you’re interested in having your work considered for publication in the Calibre Press newsletter, posted to th... Full Article »

The Odds of Another School Shooting

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

Another school shooting! These words used to numb me. Yes, they still do. But there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger that complements my outrage and sadness when I learn of such things. As a law enforcement professional, I think the last thing you ever want to lose is your ability to feel the compassion and humanity when you learn of something like this. Yes, we suck it up and tend to the matters at hand, but it just is not normal... Full Article »

Weight Classes Aside, It’s All Boxing

Mar 29, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

I was in a meeting recently where I was asked about my career in law enforcement. I told them I had gone from the City of Miami (retiring as a major) to the military City of Havelock, N.C., where I served as their chief of police for a little over three years. More than one person commented that there must have been a very huge difference. I replied, “In the amount of calls, you would be correct. But that’s about it.” Those in the meetin... Full Article »

How to Combat That Which You Don’t Know Is There?

Feb 21, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Magnusson

First, the Stats I am highly concerned about the rising rates of ambushes/unprovoked attacks on law enforcement officers. You should be too. Moving forward in this article, I will drive home something that hopefully resonates with all of you. But first, some sobering statistics: From 1987 - 1996, 701 officers were feloniously killed in this nation. Of those, 76 were ambushed; 10.8% From 1997 - 2006, 562 officers were killed feloniously in the U... Full Article »

Leadership Lessons of Sports Radio

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

I was Jeeping around Miami this weekend prior to the start of the first round of playoff games. I had on my favorite sports radio show as I navigated around the horrid South Florida drivers. Being a diehard Rams fan, I really was not into the radio conversation too much. Now, don’t get me wrong: I wish the Dolphins well. It’s just that I, well, the Dolphins have not won a Super Bowl … since Nixon was in the White House. In any case, the ta... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By: David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Time for Introspection

Nov 03, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: David Magnusson

It is good—no, let me rephrase that—it’s quite necessary for me to look in the mirror and carefully, honestly, and methodically self-assess what I am about. As a law enforcement professional, my self-assessment deals with my actions, as well as those of my brother and sisters who put on the uniform, pin on the badge, and walk out their homes every morning, afternoon, and night protecting the citizenry. Why the Need Now? I recently retired... Full Article »