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Cops Respond to Officer Shooting Armed Shoplifting Suspect in a Wheelchair

Dec 15, 2021 in Legal & Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

Scores of officers around the country had a lot to say about the shooting of a shoplifting suspect in a wheelchair, armed with a knife and slowly fleeing an officer who fired 9 rounds as the man approached a Lowe’s entrance. Watch body cam footage of the shooting HERE. Read our article on the incident HERE. Here are some of the responses we received from Calibre newsletter readers: Sgt. Ryan DeBolt with the Obetz (OH) PD wrote: N... Full Article »

A Cop’s Letter to a Lost Wife

Sep 29, 2021 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Feedback & Wellness, Fitness and Health
By Calibre Press

Some years ago, a lieutenant from a southern department shared with Calibre Press a letter he wrote to his soon-to-be former wife. It was impressively insightful and eye-opening. He shared it to help other cops who may be facing marital challenges. Here’s what he wrote to us, to his wife…and to you: I lost my wife recently. No. She didn’t go to the Last Roll Call. We divorced. Yeah, I know what you’re saying. “A cop with a bad ... Full Article »

Cops Respond: The State & Future of Law Enforcement. What’s Changed in a Year?

Sep 23, 2021 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Feedback & Patrol
By Calibre Press

In June, 2020, one month after the George Floyd incident, Calibre Press polled officers nationwide asking for their opinions on the current state of policing and their thoughts on the future of the entire profession and their own careers. More than 10,000 officers responded within days and the results were fascinating. One of the more impactful findings at that time was that even in the midst of a storm of anti-police clamor, about 80% of resp... Full Article »

What’s the State & Future of Policing? Take Calibre’s National Poll and Share Your Thoughts!

Sep 15, 2021 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Feedback & Patrol
By Calibre Press

About a year ago, June 2020, we conducted a short, 7-question poll asking officers across the country for their thoughts on the current state of law enforcement and how they viewed the future of the profession and their own careers. More than 10,000 officers responded in a matter of days. We’re revisiting that poll to see if/how things have changed. Are views more optimistic than they were a year ago? More pessimistic? We want to know…and ... Full Article »

Officers Respond to Confused 73-Year-Old Woman/Cop Encounter

Sep 07, 2021 in Officer Feedback
By Calibre Press

Our discussion of an encounter between officers and a 73-year-old woman who shoplifted several items from a Walmart that were retrieved by store personnel before she left the store drew heavy feedback. As the woman was walking home an officer tried to unsuccessfully stop her. A very short time after he initially made contact, the officer went hands-on with the woman, who repeatedly tried to pull away from him while repeating her announcement that... 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 »

Don’t Be Stalked at Home: More Tips

Aug 04, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Instructor Insights & Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Several readers shared additional thoughts for protecting yourself from being stalked at home following our “10 Ways to Avoid Being Tracked Down at Home” article. Here are a few: Lt. Michael Modica with the Los Angeles Co. Sheriff’s Department wrote: After reading the article about the officer ambushed at his home there was one glaring issue.  He drove his radio car home and was in full uniform. 1. Maybe not going to your pers... Full Article »

Gun Violence: What Cops Have to Say

May 17, 2021 in Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Calibre Press

Chief David Magnusson’s recent article, “How Do We Stop the Gun Violence” definitely struck a chord with our readers. We heard from officers from around the country who wanted to weigh in on the topic. Below are some of the responses we received. For more on the topic: Read a related article by Calibre Press’s Jim Glennon Somebody’s Got to Pull the Trigger: Enforcing current gun law would reduce deaths, but massive new gun cont... 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 »

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 »

Assault on the Capitol: What Officers Have to Say

Jan 13, 2021 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Feedback
By Calibre Press

Not surprisingly, Jim Glennon's commentary Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol? drew heavy feedback from scores of officers nationwide representing a broad range of experience at the federal, state and local levels. Here are just a few of the e-mails we received: Daniel Grasso, a former U.S. Capitol Police Captain and retired MSgt. with the U.S. Air Force Security Forces writes: Maybe we need to have a separate category for ... Full Article »

Safely Searching Suspects: A Reader’s Insights

Nov 11, 2020 in Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

After reading the article Tactical Review: Prisoner Retention Techniques we posted earlier this week, Calibre Press newsletter readers Lt. Pete Ebel with Palm Beach Co. (FL) Sheriff’s Office shared the following insights related to searching prisoners. Lt. Ebel writes: “Great article from my friend and mentor, Lt. Paul Patti. The info contained in his writing certainly stands the test of time. No one can afford to ignore these good habi... Full Article »

Reader Feedback on Passenger Side Approach

Nov 06, 2020 in Officer Feedback & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

After reading our recent article Taking a Look from the Passenger Side Pays Off in the Calibre Press newsletter, Lt. Pete Ebel from West Palm Beach, FL shared the following thoughts: “I have many, many examples of the passenger-side approach being the best path. Police work is rarely a ‘never’ and ‘always’ business, as terrain and situation always dictate your approach, but I have found a passenger side approach abundantly applicable... Full Article »

10,000 Officers Respond to Policing Poll: Only 7% would recommend becoming an officer

Jun 30, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Feedback
By Calibre Press

When Calibre Press asked officers across the country to share their thoughts on the state and future of the police profession, the response was overwhelming. Here’s what we found: The Participants. Time on the job: Of the more than 10,000 officers who participated in the poll, 44.5% have been on the job for more than 20 years, 28.9% for between 13-20 years, 18.7% for between 6-12 years and the remaining 7.9% for 5 years or less. ... 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 »

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