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Active Shooter: Coming to a Theater Near You? Advice From the Front Line.

Nov 09, 2021 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Scott Buhrmaster

The mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, CO in 2012 stands as one of the most murderous events in recent memory. 12 people were killed and 70 were injured after tactically clad active shooter James Holmes opened fire on terrified theatergoers during a midnight screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. The incident was not only deadly, it was also tactically eye-opening. As law enforcement, EMS and fire responded ... Full Article »

VIDEO: Gun Grab from a Wheelchair! Life-or-Death Struggle Spotlights Crucial Survival Reminders.

Nov 04, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Security footage of a very recent life-or-death struggle in a courthouse sallyport between a correctional officer and a wheelchair-bound inmate spotlights numerous critically important officer survival points. In an effort to learn from this incident, we’re going to take a look at that footage and discuss. Early this week, 55-year-old Frederick Goss was transported to a courthouse in Mount Vernon, IL by a lone correctional officer to face fe... Full Article »

Want to Avoid a Fight? Don’t Start One.

Oct 06, 2021 in Deescalation & Interview and Interrogation & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips
By Calibre Press

In Calibre Press’s best-selling book Street Survival II, authors Jim Glennon, Dan Marcou and Charles Remsberg share two pieces of advice that can help you avoid inciting an attack if that otherwise may have been avoided. In instances where an individual is absolutely determined to attack you, there may be little or nothing you can do to diffuse their violent intent. However, what you can do is develop the pre-attack detection skills Street Surv... 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 »

VIDEO: A Confused Elderly Woman, a Dislocated Shoulder, and an Over-Zealous Cop. What’s Your Immediate Goal? Your Role in the Moment?

Sep 01, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Calibre Press Commentary & Deescalation & Instructor Insights & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

A 73-year-old woman with dementia and sensory aphasia walked out of Walmart with approximately $13.88 worth of merchandise she didn’t pay for. Employees stopped the woman and took her and the unconcealed items back into the store. She offered to pay for the merchandise but they refused to take her money and let her go. At some point she pulled down the mask of one of the employees. The store then, apparently due to her behavior, called 911 a... 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 »

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 »

10 Ways You Can Help Your K9 Unit

Jun 02, 2021 in K-9 & Patrol & Tips
By Art Carlos

The call’s hot. The perimeter is tight. The channel is secured. The K9 unit is logged on and is rolling to your location to assist in locating a suspect. Here are 10 things you can do to increase your success when the K9 team shows up: Confirm the criminal elements early and identify the factors that fall within your or the assisting agency’s K9’s use-of-force policy. Do you have a qualifying felony crime vs. violent misdemeanor crime? H... 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 »

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