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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 »

O.C. on the Strong or Weak Side: What Do YOU Think?

Aug 04, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Weapons & Tactical Gear
By Calibre Press

Calibre Press received the following question we thought we would share for discussion: An officer wrote: “There is a mixed opinion on my department on which hand O.C. should be used with. Many say it should be worn on the strong hand side and used by the strong hand to keep fine motor skills. In contract, other officers say it should be worn on the weak side and used with the weak hand because of the long-standing rule, ‘never put anyt... 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 »

AL Officer Murdered in Ambush. Here Are 10 Ways to Avoid Being Tracked Down at Home

Jul 28, 2021 in Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Very early yesterday morning, Selma, AL Police Officer Marquis Moorer was shot and killed in an ambush at the apartment complex where he lived. The attack was launched while he was on duty and stopping home to grab something to eat. An unnamed woman, believed to be Officer Moorer’s wife or girlfriend, was shot and injured in the assault. At the time of this writing, police are searching for the gunman who killed Officer Moorer, who Dallas Count... Full Article »

VIDEO: Courageous Cops Face 80+ Shot Firestorm

Jul 20, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Calibre Press Commentary & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

It’s impossible to watch the attached video and not be impacted on many levels. The violence. The open warfare. The disregard for the sanctity of human life. The indifference to the law itself in a “civilized” society. But you know what else strikes me about this incident, played out in this day and age where much of the mainstream media, too many politicians and certainly agenda-driven activist groups demonize the police as violent r... Full Article »

What Makes Tactical Dynamic Entries “Dynamic”?

Jul 14, 2021 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Sgt. Robin Kipling

"Of everything, first ask what it is in itself."  -- Marcus Aurelius, from Meditations. There has been a lot of discussion around the tactical water coolers and in publications centered on the future of the “tactical dynamic entry.” How long will officers continue to blast into rooms, risking exposure to potential awaiting gunfire, and risk lives for the purpose of preventing the destruction of evidence, people question. This ha... Full Article »

Time, Pressure & the Impact on Greatness

Jul 06, 2021 in Education & Media and Public Relations & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Carlos D. Gonzalez & Brian N. O’Donnell

A few years ago, two NBA teams competed in one of the most exciting basketball games many have had the opportunity to watch. This game had everything a basketball fan could ask for…lead changes, amazing athleticism and incredible highlights. But none of those things are the basis of this article. Instead, the focus is on a specific play - a moment in the game where time and pressure made one of the greatest athletes on the planet question his a... Full Article »

VIDEO: Officer Shot Point Blank. Child Choked. Suspect Killed.

Jun 29, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Jim Glennon

In 2004 while I was a lieutenant with 25 years on, I backed up two of my patrol officers on a shoplifting call. A man grabbed a bottle of vodka off the shelf of a liquor store and walked past a store employee who informed him that he would have to stop and pay for the alcohol. He didn’t. The employee followed the man, took down his license plate number and called the police. A rookie cop named Joe got the call. He ran the plate and found tha... Full Article »

VIDEO: Suspect With a 12″ Butcher Knife Shot By FL Officer

Jun 21, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

"...he claims he's gonna go rob sombody and stick 'em!" The Jacksonville, FL Sheriff’s Office has released body camera footage of the 2020 shooting of 39-year-old John Ridder after he threatened an officer with a large butcher knife. There are a number of opportunities for learning and discussion offered by this incident so we’re taking a look. The situation began when a man called 911 to report that Ridder, who the caller believed had ... Full Article »

VIDEO: It All Happened So Fast! 2 Cops & a Suspect Shot in the Blink of an Eye

Jun 14, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

We repeatedly talk about speed as a key element to consider when discussing, evaluating and training for force encounters; how quickly someone can pivot to face or flee from an officer, how fast a suspect can close in on an officer after deciding to attack, the time it takes for an officer to perceive and react to a threat, how quickly a suspect can fire a gun. The impact of talking about it, though, pales in comparison to actually seeing dead... Full Article »

Vehicle Anti-Ambush Specifics

Jun 03, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnsgaard

In our last article, we discussed the 360° CQD shooting method which works extremely well in close quarters and is the only one we are aware of that offers Two-handed aimed fire in 360 degrees from inside a vehicle. 360° CQD (close-quarter-defense) requires a couple of modifications to the support side hand and arm from the Isosceles/Weaver positions to perform it optimally. This article will be the first of a short series offered to thos... 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 »

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 »

VIDEO: Cops Get Mad When People Who Don’t Understand Force Encounters Judge Them. How Much Do YOU Really Know?

May 05, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

Last month, 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez was shot by a Chicago police officer after several officers approached him and he fled, for the second time in two days. This sparked a foot pursuit. It was apparent that Alvarez had a gun and as one of the pursing officers closed in on him and ordered him to drop the weapon—a command he ignored—he was shot multiple times in the back. Take a look at body cam footage of the incident, then let’s disc... 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 »

VIDEO: It’s a Matter of Time

Apr 21, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Education & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Of all the elements involved in force investigations, time is one of the most critical to understand and knowledgeably apply when judging an officers’ decisions and actions. It takes time to observe. It takes time to assess. It takes time to decide. It takes time to act. It takes time to react. It takes time to stopacting. Everything takes time and in pressurized, rapidly evolving force events, that time is often measured in milliseconds not mi... Full Article »

How Can You Mistake a Gun for a Taser?

Apr 19, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Education & Officer Safety & Survival
By Calibre Press

Recent events in Minnesota have driven many to question how it could at all be possible to mistake a gun for a Taser and to discharge that firearm while believing you are discharging a CED instead? In the following 10-minute video, Dr. Richard Hough, a highly experienced use of force expert from the University of West Florida, explains the human factors issues and scientific research that play a role in understanding how that can occur.  Her... Full Article »

VIDEO: Inmate Threatens to Slit CO’s Throat After He’s Taken Hostage & Stabbed

Apr 06, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

I’m starting this with a shout out to our brothers and sisters in corrections. We all know that dealing with people with a penchant for criminal behavior is part of the job for cops. Obviously, those encounters occur frequently on the street, but exposure to those individuals isn’t constant…all shift, every shift, throughout your career. Not so with corrections officers. These men and women are literally sealed off behind towering walls ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lighting-Fast Knife Attack on Officer. Walking Away, Then Full Charge…in 1 Second!

Mar 31, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

Want to see how incredibly fast someone can go from being completely turned away from you, walking away, to pivoting and charging right at you? Watch this video! One afternoon about a month ago, two Albuquerque officers spotted a man walking down the middle lane of a three-lane street openly carrying a knife. In the footage posted below, you’ll see that his back is squarely turned away from the first officer tailing him as he walks at a mode... Full Article »

Ambush Survival: Increasing Officer Safety

Mar 30, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Det. Sgt. Jeff Johnsgaard

Engaging in an armed confrontation poses extreme challenges and being forced to suddenly defend yourself from an ambush attack while seated in your vehicle offers a myriad of complications on top of that. Although lower in frequency, the number of law enforcement officers ambushed while in their vehicle is on the rise. This unique situation has never been studied before on its own. We are Advanced Force Science® Specialists and are currently ... Full Article »

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