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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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol?

Jan 10, 2021 in Calibre Press Commentary & Instructor Insights & Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

A loaded question and a loaded title, right? Calibre Press articles generally focus on police training and decision-making is an essential part of all training. We also address issues that impact the profession and today we find ourselves with no lack of impactful issues. Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol? I repeat the title because decisions to use force, especially deadly force, are unquestionably the most critical an... Full Article »

Peace Officer’s Duty to Intercede: Common Sense or Muddy Waters?

Dec 28, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Leadership & Legal
By David Blake, Ph.D.

Absent general professional policing standards and the existence of common sense, the duty of a peace officer to intercede in a peer's unreasonable use of physical force has existed in some police policies for many years. However, the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has once again ignited a fervor within the police reform movement (i.e., 8Can’tWait) prompting changes in police policy and new legislative proposals. This narrativ... Full Article »

Is “Hero” Too Strong a Word?

Dec 15, 2020 in Calibre Analysis & Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today & Tributes & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

If You Think So, You’re Out of Your Mind. A Christmas concert outside a Manhattan church this week ended in an encore of gunfire when a gunman with a lengthy criminal record, brandishing two semi-autos—one in each hand—and carrying a backpack with a can of gasoline, rope, wire, tape, knives and a Bible inside, began firing rounds, sending terrified concertgoers scrambling to get out of range or find some kind of cover. One elderly man... Full Article »

Due Process or Mob Rule?

Sep 24, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Instructor Insights & Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

I’m a real emotional guy. My wife says I live in “full color” with my heart and every other passion on both sleeves. My opinions are shared easily with those I’m close to and they often make it into my columns and books. I’ve been asked by loved ones how I—someone so quick to emotion—could function as a commander of investigations and run a major crimes task force. How could I keep those passions, those emotions, so quick to appe... Full Article »

9/11: Have We Forgotten the Sacrifice?

Sep 11, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Tributes
By Jim Glennon

At around noon on 9/11 - the actual 9/11/2001- our homicide task force was called out for a murder that just occurred.  As the Investigations Commander I was apprised of the situation while driving to what would be the command post at the West Chicago, Il PD.  Besides the obvious hell that was breaking loose nationally we had our own coincidental explosion of hell that day. Our murder suspect was a Middle Eastern immigrant.  He had... Full Article »

Does the NBA Really Want Change or Just a Day Off?

Sep 03, 2020 in Calibre Analysis & Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today & Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

The Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic last week in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man shot by a white officer in Kenosha, Wis. three days before. “Some things are bigger than basketball.” said Alex Lasry, senior VP of the Bucks showing support and solidarity with his players. While the shooting of Jacob Blake captured on video is disturbing—any shooting i... Full Article »

When Legislators Endorse the Breaking of Laws

Aug 24, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary
By Jim Glennon

Legislators in both the state and federal governments exist to represent the people. In theory, they hold these positions to pass laws and protect the tenets of the Constitution. The legal decrees they envision, propose, debate, and enact should only become laws if they benefit the citizenry and are designed to keep people safe from negligent and criminal behavior while upholding the framework of the Constitution.  In a nutshell, their... Full Article »

What’s It Going to Look Like When Police Protection Dries Up?

Aug 10, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

Virtually every time I step in the shower, I start to have the very same thoughts. It begins, not surprisingly, with the water. Once the liquidized combination of hydrogen and oxygen is warmed to what I deem to be the perfect temperature, I step into the ceramic enclosure, stand directly beneath the shower head, and revel in those few moments of heaven. Eventually my eyes open, and for some reason I look up at the shower head and fixate ... Full Article »

Deescalation: Completely Misunderstood, Employed & Trained

Aug 03, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Deescalation
By Jim Glennon

Editor's note: We continue to receive heavy feedback on this article and hear it referenced often in national discussions regarding deescalation. In light of its popularity we're republishing this for those who didn't see it the first time it ran. Be sure to register for the new "Deescalation, Intervention & Force Mitigation" courses we're got coming up. Click here for the schedule. ======= Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard the ter... Full Article »

Should it Be Illegal to Harass a Law Enforcement Officer’s Family?

Jul 13, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Legal & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Politicians purposely step into the limelight. It’s a conscious decision.  In most cases, it’s also a calculated decision. They do it for a variety of reasons: power, authority, a desire to enact change, fame, money. Some do it for reasons known only to them. Some are noble; some, well…not so much. Once engaged in the political arena, they expose their entire lives to public scrutiny. Nothing is private anymore. Not their finance... Full Article »

Defund or Defend the Police?

Jul 06, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

“DEFUND THE POLICE!”  “ABOLISH THE POLICE!” These are the rallying cries being shouted by many as I sit writing this column. Never in my lifetime did I ever think such demands would be bellowed by so many different people—at least not at the level we’re all hearing it now. Of course, I’ve heard these demands before, but they were always spouted by small, fringe anarchist groups that no one really took seriously. Well, ... Full Article »

I Agree: Reform the Police, But the Devil’s in the Details

Jun 25, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By Jim Glennon

The push from many quarters of this country (both the sane and insane) is that law enforcement as we know it needs to be reformed. I agree. I’m not kidding, I totally agree. And no, I’m not capitulating to the hysterical throngs who have no idea about the realities of law enforcement and the statistical truths regarding use-of-force incidents. I was on the job for over 29 years and have been in the law enforcement business for a l... Full Article »

What’s the state & future of policing? Take the Calibre poll and share your thoughts.

Jun 24, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Officer Feedback
By Calibre Press

[Update: More than 7,000 officers have responded in just the first day. Be sure to share your thoughts!] We're conducting a short 7-question survey asking officers around the country how they see the current state of law enforcement and what they see in the future for the profession and their own careers. The questions should take about 30 seconds to answer and the results will be shared nationwide. Please take a few seconds and give us you... Full Article »

5 Keys to Training Right: Do It Now or Pay for It Later.

Jun 22, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Training
By Scott Hughes

After reading Jim Glennon’s article, “Get Off His F***ing Neck!”: Where Do We Place the Blame?” that boldly confronted underlying issues that likely contributed to the behavior we see in footage of the Minneapolis incident involving George Floyd, I was compelled to share some of my own thoughts as a Chief. That incident has yet again sparked debate about police training and tactics. Rightfully so. The images of a police officer with a ... Full Article »

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

Jun 19, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Tributes
By Jim Glennon

[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 »

It’s D-Day: Where Are Our Leaders Now?

Jun 01, 2020 in Calibre Press Commentary & Tributes
By Jim Glennon

The president is in a bunker. National monuments are defaced. Dozens upon dozens of Secret Service personnel are wounded and injured. Cops have been shot all around the country. Some are dead. Citizens watch as their life’s work—their hearts and souls—are burned to the ground. People are being beaten by the hordes. Communities are in fear. Who is committing all of this violence, all this destruction, and spreading the f... Full Article »

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