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Taking a Breather: Florida’s 10 Coastal Nicknames

Sep 03, 2021 in Guest Commentary
By Dave Grossi

Editor’s note: Although this is clearly not Dave’s “typical” article it’s a fun distraction from the day-to-day we all face. Taking a mental breather is not only enjoyable, it’s also healthy. With that, enjoy… Most Calibre Press readers know I’m originally from upstate New York. And many have noted that I frequently refer to my new home in southwest Florida as “Paradise.” The Sunshine State with its sun, tropical climate an... Full Article »

Remove Thin Blue Line Flags from Police Uniforms? Readers Weigh In.

Aug 25, 2021 in Calibre Press Commentary & Guest Commentary
By Calibre Press

Not surprisingly, Jim Glennon’s recent commentary on the Mt. Prospect, IL Village Board vote to remove thin blue line flag patches from their police officers’ uniforms drew spirited response. Those Board members who voted to remove the patches cited a belief that they reflected a symbol of hate perpetuated by actual hate groups who, those Board members claimed, have used the thin bue line flag as a symbol of their warped beliefs…although ac... Full Article »

Where Do You Carry Your O.C.? Cops Weigh In…

Aug 11, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Guest Commentary & Instructor Insights & Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Calibre Press

In last week’s newsletter we shared a question from an officer looking for insights into the pros and cons of carrying O.C. on either the strong side or the reaction side. After posting a response from a former Calibre Press instructor, we tossed the question out to our readers. Response was heavy. Here’s a sample of some of what we heard. Thanks for all the excellent feedback! Chief Phil Bostian with the Park City (KS) PD wrote: I h... Full Article »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Absolute Justus: A book review by Dave Grossi

Dec 21, 2020 in Guest Commentary
By Dave Grossi

A lot of folks know the name Ron Martinelli.  Ron is a retired California police detective and owner-operator of Martinelli & Associates, a law enforcement consulting firm based out of Boerne, Texas.  However, his name might soon become known more as a renowned novelist rather than as a police expert. Absolute Justus is Ron’s first foray into the world of fiction writing. And with Absolute Justus Martinelli has hit a home run.&... Full Article »

Agencies and Unions: Support Your Retirees. Their Past is Your Future

Oct 23, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Law Enforcement Today
By Dave Grossi

I've been out of operational law enforcement for over two decades.  But because my 6 years in the military and my 20+ years as a cop were so significant to me, I stayed in touch with several of my fellow ‘Nam vets as well as a few of my cop buds. Late last year I went up to NY to attend a police function sponsored by our PBA.  Historically, this banquet was always held to honor our retirees as well as thanking a host of local civil... Full Article »

New Sticky Holsters: A Product Review by Dave Grossi

Oct 19, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Dave Grossi

Most readers know I’m a big fan of Sticky Holsters, Inc.’s family of firearms-related products.  Owner Mike Christoff cut his cop bones for 15 years with the Dearborn, Michigan PD before finding the warmth of Southwest Florida where he spent another dozen years with the Marco Island, Florida PD.  I’ve written about his line of items for several years, mostly focused around the original Sticky Holsters.  For those unfamiliar w... 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 »

Don’t Get Too Focused on the Lion Outside the Cave

Sep 18, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Wellness, Fitness and Health
By H.K. Slade

I haven’t written an article about police work in a while. It’s been a tough year for the profession. I try my best not to gripe and complain, and there are already people out there stating our case far more eloquently than I can. The reason I am writing this now is because I had something of a revelation recently, and I thought it might help at least a few of my brothers and sisters out there who are struggling like I am. The Problem T... Full Article »

CKT Ripcord Speedloaders – A product review by Dave Grossi

Sep 04, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Dave Grossi

I’m one of the old guys.  And being an old guy, I carried a wheel gun for 19 of my 20+ years on the job.  Ergo, I’m very familiar with speedloaders.  In fact, I’ve won a few guns in revolver competitions in NY and Canada using speedloaders.  So, when Mike Christoff at Sticky Holsters, Inc. turned me on to these new speedloaders from CK Tactical, I knew I had to get my hands on them.      Time and s... Full Article »

“Seasons Change” – A Poem From an Lt.’s Daughter

Aug 28, 2020 in Guest Commentary
By Calibre Press

[Editor’s note: Lt. David Haynes with the Michigan State Police shared an excellent poem his talented 13-year-old daughter, Annika, wrote with--no prodding or assistance. In it she shares the thoughts of a child dreaming of the day they can become a police officer. “I was extremely impressed, blown away in fact, by her writing skills and her level of observation and attention to detail,” her Dad told Calibre. “Many of the images she share... Full Article »

“We need the police. We need hope.”

Aug 19, 2020 in Guest Commentary
By Sgt. Karges, Evansville (IN) PD

I’m the son of a cop. My dad was the son of a cop. And, yes, my dad’s dad was also the son of a cop. They all served the city of Evansville, Indiana. In 2011, I eagerly became a police officer in Evansville myself. My father is still on the job. He’s in his 29th year. My grandfather served for 39 years, and my great grandfather for 23. My family has been serving Evansville continuously since 1943. I grew up knowing exactly what a c... Full Article »

Metal Defense: A Product Review by Dave Grossi

Aug 13, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Dave Grossi

As a police trainer, I get a lot of requests for law enforcement product evaluations.  Most, probably about 85%-90%, find their way into my circular file under my desk with the items sent back.  The remaining 10%-15% are really good quality items with relevance to and for today’s street cops.  So along those lines, here’s one I found really interesting. I own quite a few guns.  I do a lot of firearms training and most o... Full Article »

Travel Armor Gun Cases: A Product Review

Jul 20, 2020 in Guest Commentary & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Dave Grossi

The problem There’s no doubt this Covid-19 deal has thrown a curve to most everybody, law enforcement included.  It recently reared its ugly head to yours truly, but in a weird kind of way.  The local sheriff’s office down here in Paradise, Florida has been more than gracious to us out-of-town retirees when it comes to our annual HR-218 requals. After my initial HR-218 shoot up in the great northeast, I’ve been able to shoot ea... 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 »

Watch for Open Doors

Jun 16, 2020 in Guest Commentary
By Sgt. Charlie Eipper

I recently had the opportunity to work two peaceful and productive organized protest events in Wichita Falls, Texas. I was on the ground with the crowds at each event and listened to several speakers. One of the speakers in the first event expressed a frustration that the previous speakers were not angry enough. He stated that he understood that not all police officers are bad and there are good officers. Then he said loudly, “However!” Ba... Full Article »

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