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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tactical Refresher: The “Contact/Cover Street Interview”

Jan 25, 2021 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

In Calibre Press’s Street Survival II: Tactics for Armed Encounters—the enhanced and expanded follow-up to the original Street Survival book—authors Charles Remsberg, Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) and Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.) cover an extraordinary universe of topics; from officer safety & survival concepts to cuffing techniques to building entry to firearms to resiliency and mental preparation. You name it, it’s in there! In addition to sha... Full Article »

More Tips To Improve Your Effectiveness as a Witness

Jan 18, 2021 in Legal & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

In the first installment of this special series, we shared four tips from a former state and federal prosecutor for improving your effectiveness in court when called as a witness: 1. Speak clearly and plainly. 2. Describe rather than conclude. 3. When being questioned, look at the examiner. When answering, look at the jury. 4. Don’t hesitate to have a question rephrased or clarified. Here are five more to conclude the series: ... Full Article »

5 Universal Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Conservation Officers

Dec 14, 2020 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

An interesting survey of conservation officers in the U.S. and Canada surfaced some important survival truths that are relevant for all officers. The project dove into the details of 379 violent encounters between offenders and conservation personnel during a three-year study sample period. Although focused specifically on conservation officers and conducted some years ago, the study yielded some survival lessons you should remember: 1. Stay a... Full Article »

VIDEO: Suspect Ignores Cops, Pulls a Gun, Points at Them, Then Himself…Now What?

Dec 07, 2020 in Calibre Analysis & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

While on patrol two Phoenix, AZ police officers came across an altercation between a man and a woman in the street. They stopped to investigate in order to find out what was happening. Here's video of the encounter: Initially, the man involved walked away from the officers as they approached. Now what? Well, I guess it would depend on what they saw and what they believed to be happeni... Full Article »

Keep Training Alive With Crisis Scenarios

Nov 30, 2020 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Sgt. Jim Schlicher (ret.)

Looking back on 2020, we have witnessed behaviors and emotions in the communities we serve that none of us could have ever imagined.  The challenges of the epidemic combined with anti-police rhetoric are pushing law enforcement to change.  There is so much uncertainty moving into 2021, but there is one thing we can be sure of: We cannot survive without training!  Maybe in-person classes with direct interactions will be reduced, ... Full Article »

VIDEOS: Mental Illness, Armed with a Knife, Threatening Violence, Now What?

Nov 18, 2020 in Calibre Analysis & Instructor Insights & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

In Philadelphia, PA on October 26, 2020, police received a call from a woman who advised she was the daughter to a mother and father who were both being abused by their son. She stated on the 911 recorded line that “they called the cops earlier and the cops is not doin’ nothing he’s over there hitting my mother and father. He got a case for being violent and everything, he got a whole record.” The police arrived and immediately encount... 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 »

Tactical Review: Prisoner Retention Techniques

Nov 08, 2020 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Lt. Paul Patti (ret.)

The everyday experience of cuffing and transporting prisoners can make that often-repeated exercise susceptible to tactical complacency, which can increase the risk of prisoner escape. A “lost” prisoner obviously comes with serious officer and community safety issues and possibly severe legal ramifications. A handcuffed prisoner on the way to a police station, holding facility or jail may desperately grasp at any small crack in the officer... Full Article »

What’s the Most Dangerous Weapon? The One You Don’t See.

Nov 04, 2020 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

If you confront a threatening suspect who has a large knife Rambo knife in his hand, you’ll see it, right? How about your partner? Don’t be too quick to answer yes. Consider the following actual training experience: The scenario took place in a warehouse where officers were called to investigate a reported nighttime break-in. Upon arrival, they first had to deal with the scared and armed warehouse manager, role-played by a local judg... Full Article »

A Look From the Passenger Side Pays Off

Nov 02, 2020 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

Many officers are believers in the kind of position of advantage you can gain by making an unexpected passenger-side approach on a vehicle stop…and for good reason. Take the example of a Wisconsin deputy who ran a routine check on a brown van that passed by while he was observing highway traffic and discovered that the plates had been suspended because of unpaid citations. As he was getting the van pulled over, he noticed considerable moveme... Full Article »

Communicating with Autism: A Law Enforcement Approach

Oct 26, 2020 in Autism and policing & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Tips & Training
By Sgt. Stefan Bjes

[Editor's note: Be sure to check out the new Calibre Press course, "Successfully Interacting With People With Autism"] Imagine you are looking for a missing child and after a lengthy search you locate them.  As you approach the child you learn that they are unable to communicate due to an Autism diagnosis. Are you prepared to handle a situation like this…to communicate with a person who may be nonverbal? An event similar to this jus... Full Article »

Use Down Time & Your Mind to Train Daily

Oct 16, 2020 in Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Tips & Training
By Calibre Press

We all know the issues associated with training, or lack thereof. Strained budgets, limited manpower, pandemic restrictions, and other departmental issues bumping training down the priority scale all make it difficult for officers and agencies to training as they would like, and as they should. One thing that can help is to productively use moments of time on and off patrol to mentally practice; to envision various scenarios you may encounter ... Full Article »

CalibrePLUS Online Training Division

Oct 15, 2020 in Education & Training
By CalibrePLUS

Calibre Press has launched a new online training division, CalibrePLUS Our courses are delivered online, via Webex© which allows for an interactive experience between instructor and participants. Want access to one of these programs for your entire agency? RENTAL OPTIONS: Calibre is now offering the opportunity for agencies to rent a professional recording of our 3, 6 and 8 hour courses.  Each course below offers information on how to t... Full Article »

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