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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: 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 »

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 »

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 »

“Let go of me! You’re hurting me! You can’t arrest me!” What would YOU do in this situation?

Apr 14, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

“When/Then” thinking—when this happens, then I will do this—has been recommended for ages as an effective self-training tool that can help you prepare for prompt, definitive, well thought-out action in a variety of situations. Investing in prior thinking into what you will do when faced with a challenging scenario can prove priceless in several ways…among them enhancing your safety. With that, have you thought about how you would rea... 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 »

Decision Making in Seconds: Every Force Event is Unique

Mar 23, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Calibre Press has uploaded two short videos of officers discharging their firearms in the direction of human beings. The circumstances were very different in so many ways, but each involved making the decision to use deadly force and then actually doing so. This is the most serious of all the decisions officers have to make during their careers. The videos shown below, as with most of the videos we post for your convenience on our YouTube Chan... Full Article »

Social Worker Instead of Cops? Watch this video, then decide.

Mar 09, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

The concept of having social workers respond to emergency calls involving mentally ill subjects is—excuse the understatement—complex. These are highly unpredictable contacts often characterized by rapidly changing levels of confrontational behavior and overall threat to the responding parties which until now, in some places, have always been law enforcement officers. They can involve irrational thinking, paranoia, explosive anger and a ... Full Article »

If He Doesn’t Point the Gun at You, You Can’t Fire…Right?

Mar 04, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips
By Scott Buhrmaster

Picture this. You find yourself face-to-face with a guy who’s holding a gun against his thigh. He’s not pointing it at you. He’s also not going to give it up. How do you know? Because he’s told you so. Twice. He’s sexually assaulted a woman, stolen her car, fled from police and he’s right in front of you, just a few feet away with no barriers between the two of you. What are you going to do? What can you do? Shoot him? ... Full Article »

10 Rounds to the Chest and Still Coming!

Feb 22, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Scott Buhrmaster

Many cops share two common nightmares. One is related to their sidearm; the gun is stuck in their holster, the trigger won’t respond no matter how hard the officer pulls and/or the bullets just fall out of the gun.   The other is shooting someone who’s bearing down on them, intent to kill, and their rounds have no effect. This video is a real-life example of that second nightmare. Watch this clip and then we’ll discuss: ht... Full Article »

NEVER Underestimate the Risk of This Search Warrant

Feb 16, 2021 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By Lt. Carl Wittstruck

As I read the details of the two FBI agents killed in Sunrise, Florida on February 2, 2021, I reflected on two similar situations from the area where I first worked as a Police Officer.   On June 13, 2017, A Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Officer was shot multiple times while serving a search warrant for distribution of child pornography on electronic devices. He survived his injuries. On January 18, 2014, Detectives with the Chesapea... Full Article »

Five!! Four!! Three…!! Sometimes Deescalation Is Out of the Question.

Feb 08, 2021 in Calibre Analysis & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Video
By Calibre Press

It’s a cold reality—one that many frustratingly refuse to accept—that there are some situations that simply cannot be deescalated, even in the face of impressive, potentially perilous efforts by police to reach that goal. Case in point: An encounter about a month ago between Phoenix officers and a 30-year-old man named Jordan Crawford. Just before 9pm one night, Crawford appeared on his ex-girlfriend’s apartment patio, prompting her... Full Article »

When it Comes to Running Drugs, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Feb 02, 2021 in Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

A California officer learned first-hand that what that title says is true. While patrolling a major highway, he noticed a newer model white Ford Thunderbird weaving on to the shoulder. When he stopped the car and made a passenger-side approach, he saw an elderly man who looked to be in poor health in the passenger seat and an elderly woman at the wheel. “This was a real ma-and-pa type couple,” the officer observed. “They looked like y... Full Article »

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