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FREE WEBINAR: Top Things Law Enforcement Leaders MUST Do Before & After an Officer Involved Shooting

Sep 07, 2021 in Leadership & Legal & Media and Public Relations & Training
By Calibre Press

—Provided by Calibre Press & sponsored by Vector Solutions— Thurs., Sept. 16, 2021 1:00PM – 2:30PM Central No registration fee REGISTER NOW! The steps agency leaders take before and immediately after an officer involved shooting can have a huge impact on investigations, civil liability and community relations. Are you and your team FULLY prepared to act quickly and effectively should your department experience an OIS? ... 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 www.winningmind.com. 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 »

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 »

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 »

How Many Flat Tires Are Worth an Officer’s Life?

Apr 27, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Chief Scott Hughes

Since the development of the tire deployment device (TDD), not a year has passed without the loss or serious injury of officers involved with their use—be it preparing for deployment, executing deployment, or post-deployment retrieval. Already, after just four months, 2020 has proven to be no different. These tragedies should make us rethink how we end high speed chases. Before diving into this subject, I will admit that in my younger years I, ... Full Article »

Trust Us…Or We’ll Send the Police?

Apr 22, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Jim Glennon

Ultimately, in the end, enforcing social distancing rules, falls to the cops. Governors in 42 states have declared edicts restricting constitutionally protected and inalienable rights; an edict that two months ago would have been unimaginable and unquestionably illegal.  Even perhaps treasonous. But each of these governors actually have the authority to “suspend” these rights according to their respective states’ Constitution.&nb... Full Article »

Calibre Press Special Report: Suggested Officer Involved Shooting Protocol During the Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Legal & Patrol
By Scott Wood, Attorney at Law

Officer-involved shootings can occur at any time, day or night.  It is unknown if the shelter at home order currently in place in many cities will curtail or escalate officer-involved shootings.  Current thinking is that confinement may lead to an increase in domestic-related calls, which is one of the more unpredictable situations an officer must face. Typically, after an officer-involved shooting, there will be a congregation of a do... Full Article »

Complacency in Action

Jan 31, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Spencer Turley

I’ve attended many training classes in which the instructor warned against complacency and its associated dangers and I’ve heard various definitions of the word: A feeling of security while being unaware of potential dangers, or the state of being content, or failing to pay attention. I’ve heard suggestions about how to avoid complacency, like breaking up a routine, playing the “what if” game and volunteering for a new, unfamiliar as... Full Article »

Academies Don’t Fully Train Rookies…Alone.

Jan 17, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Lt. Pete Ebel

When my cell phone rang, I was glad to answer. The call was from a buddy - not some robocall promising lower rates or baiting me into giving up banking information. But it didn't take long for that to change. "Are you still teaching at the academy?" he immediately asked. "Of course," I answered. "You guys have to start giving us fully-trained police officers." "Great idea," I replied. Then I hung up, knowing that would make my poin... Full Article »

The Actual Systemic Failings in Law Enforcement

Nov 13, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jim Glennon

If there are any true systemic issues within law enforcement—common, institutional troubles that transcend the 17,000+ completely separate law enforcement agencies—and if it’s even possible to have collective and universal negative commonalities permeating the core of every police organization in all 50 states and the District of Columbia—then they’re not what is regularly pushed by the media. It’s not pervasive racism. It’s n... Full Article »

Is Your Departmental Culture Changing?

Oct 18, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By Officer Art Carlos

Tap into your “Patrol Cipher.” Agency mission statements are typically straight forward and stay the same over time. It doesn’t take an interpreter to help someone understand what they’re saying. Agency cultures, on the other hand, aren’t that stable. They’re fluid, harder to define and always subject to change. As eager younger officers enter the picture, bringing with them their own beliefs about what being an officer means and how... Full Article »

10 Tips: Opportunities to Make Your Officers Look Good

Oct 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Tips
By Calibre Press

As we all know, the media is full of stories that cast a negative light on law enforcement agencies and officers. There seems to be no lack of information that can be used to that end. One thing to consider, however, is whether you’re taking proactive steps to help turn the lens toward a more positive view. Are you regularly feeding media outlets stories that hail positive police work, spotlight efforts to improve professional policing abilitie... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: 6 New Honorees Join LEO Hall of Fame

in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & The Calibre Report & Training
By Calibre Press

Amid a mix of emotion, celebration, humility, and pride, six new inductees were recently ushered into the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame in lasting honor of their dedication to excellence in policing. A multi-state audience of more than 200 family, friends, colleagues, and law enforcement supporters witnessed the luncheon ceremony in a suburb of Toledo, OH, where the Hall of Fame was founded in 2017. The program was produced by ... Full Article »

Social Media Practices for Executive Staff

Sep 03, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Deputy Chief Chris Hsiung

The majority of police departments in the United States now have some sort of presence on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Nextdoor; and that’s a good thing. When used correctly and effectively, departments big and small can successfully manage critical incidents by posting timely information and dispelling rumors. They can also build a narrative that negates national assumptions around why we elect to go into a profession that’s sole mis... Full Article »

A Climate of Hate: Who’s to Blame?

Aug 08, 2019 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

Another couple of maniacs murder innocents. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s a quote often attributed to Rahm Emmanuel that generally means ‘exploit a crisis to advance a political agenda or gain a personal advantage.’ As soon as I heard about the carnage in El Paso, I asked my wife how long it would take before politicians started casting blame and using this incident for political benefit. Well, needless to say, they... Full Article »

Keyboard Commandos

Aug 07, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Franklin Marino

While the internet can be a great resource of information, it's also a great source of misinformation. We have a declining public education system that continually waters down curriculum and deems once-essential classes like civics and United States history nonessential. Or, it only skims the surface of these courses that provide a foundation of knowledge of why our country was formed, the source of some of our laws, and what became of our countr... Full Article »

Do I Have a Problem?

Aug 05, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Drew Prochniak, MA, LPC, LMHC

Would you know if you had a substance use problem? If a co-worker had a drinking problem, what would you say? Would you know how to ask for assistance or where to get it? Questions like these all too-often go unanswered as a result of either lack of support, resources, punitive administrative stances, or a reduced willingness to reach out and ask for assistance when it is truly needed. Enter Alcohol Despite the increased focus on officer wellne... Full Article »

4 Tips for Fighting Suicide

Aug 01, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Chief Jonathan B. Flores

As a law enforcement officer you must wear many different hats. At different times these extraordinary men and women have to juggle between being a first responder, protector, social worker, crisis intervener, family counselor, youth mentor, and peacemaker just to name a few of the tasks that are incumbent upon them in the performance of their duties. Sleep deprivation and exposure to critical incidents—murder, suicides, rape, child abuse, an... Full Article »

The Calibre Report: Body Cam vs. Dash Cam

in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & The Calibre Report
By Charles Remsberg

From The Calibre Report published by Calibre Press. To subscribe, please e-mail: [email protected] Civilians tend to judge an officer’s actions more leniently when they see a body cam recording of an incident than when they watch the same event on dash cam footage, according to a Northwestern U. research team. Because of the weight the public gives to video evidence in assessing police “accountability” these days, this finding co... Full Article »

Do You Really Want the Truth?

Jul 30, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Olivia Johnson, DM

Sometimes people are okay with believing a “lie.” Sometimes, just going with the lie is just easier than facing the “truth.” The lie comes in many forms: white lies, broken promises, fabrication, the bald-faced, exaggeration, deception, plagiarism, and compulsive lying (McAllister). The lie can make you feel better in the moment. But long-term it can have serious implications, and even deadly consequences. When discussing police suicide,... Full Article »

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