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Tactical Refresher: The “Contact/Cover Street Interview”

Jan 25, 2021 in Uncategorized
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 »

Localism in Law Enforcement: Creating Conversation in Your Communities

Jan 21, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Chief Chris Hsiung & PIO Katie Nelson, Mountain View (CA) PD

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, local law enforcement leaders began re-examining ways in which to connect with their communities to hyper focus on how issues in the national narrative were impacting their cities locally. Each community has its own set of individual needs, nuances, and personalities, which police chiefs know very well. These idiosyncrasies are what make each community so unique, and it is why so many choose to l... Full Article »

More Tips To Improve Your Effectiveness as a Witness

Jan 18, 2021 in Uncategorized
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 »

In remembrance…

Jan 18, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

...and with respect.... Full Article »

Dark Days Ahead for Law Enforcement

Jan 13, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Barbara A. Schwartz

Dark days lie ahead for law enforcement. LE will continue to be blamed for society’s ills and mistakes. Why? Because LE is the arm of government that is out on the streets interfacing with the public on a daily basis. No other government agency has that task or, more importantly, that duty.LE will continue to be criticized. Officers will be thrown under the bus and prosecuted for performing their lawful duties. The Capitol police will be sc... Full Article »

Assault on the Capitol: What Officers Have to Say

Jan 13, 2021 in Uncategorized
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 »

Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol?

Jan 10, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

A loaded question and a loaded title, right?Calibre Press articles generally focus on police training and decision-making is an essential part of all training. We also address issues that impact the profession and today we find ourselves with no lack of impactful issues.Should You Shoot Someone Breaching the U.S. Capitol?I repeat the title because decisions to use force, especially deadly force, are unquestionably the most critical an... Full Article »

For us, it goes MUCH deeper than appreciation…

Jan 09, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Thank you. For everything.... Full Article »

Tips From a Prosecutor on Being an Effective Witness

Jan 06, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

In this first installment of a two-part series, we’ll share tips from a former state and federal prosecutor for improving your effectiveness in court when called as a witness. Here are the first four of her nine tips:1. Speak clearly and plainly.For some reason, many officers have a tendency to begin talking like they never do in real life when they take the stand. Phraseology suddenly becomes rigid, overly formal, legalistic and often ... Full Article »

13 Tips for Happier Law Enforcement Families

Jan 04, 2021 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

During a conference on “Understanding and Supporting the Law Enforcement Family,” Dr. James Reese, a sought-after speaker and expert on stress and trauma, shared 13 tips for getting better in tune with your family and preventing them from becoming victims of your law enforcement career. Calibre Press was present at the conference some years ago and we felt now would be an excellent time to re-share the tips that were offered:1. Your famil... Full Article »

The Final Round

Dec 30, 2020 in Uncategorized
By David Magnusson

Living in South Florida (and even during my time in North Carolina) I would count down the days towards November 30th after going through five to five and half months of mind-boggling stress with the hurricane season.  Perhaps a sigh of relief once Halloween passed though there was technically still a month left.  This hurricane season, with the exception of 2005 perhaps, was unlike anything we had known. I bring this up becaus... Full Article »

Peace Officer’s Duty to Intercede: Common Sense or Muddy Waters?

Dec 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
By David Blake, Ph.D.

Absent general professional policing standards and the existence of common sense, the duty of a peace officer to intercede in a peer's unreasonable use of physical force has existed in some police policies for many years. However, the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has once again ignited a fervor within the police reform movement (i.e., 8Can’tWait) prompting changes in police policy and new legislative proposals. This narrativ... Full Article »

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

On behalf of everyone at Calibre Press, here's to a happy, healthy & peaceful Christmas. To all of you patrolling over the holiday so others can safely relax in the warmth of their homes, know that we're thinking of you and we're grateful.... Full Article »

Absolute Justus: A book review by Dave Grossi

Dec 21, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Dave Grossi

A lot of folks know the name Ron Martinelli.  Ron is a retired California police detective and owner-operator of Martinelli & Associates, a law enforcement consulting firm based out of Boerne, Texas.  However, his name might soon become known more as a renowned novelist rather than as a police expert.Absolute Justus is Ron’s first foray into the world of fiction writing. And with Absolute Justus Martinelli has hit a home run.&... Full Article »

The Myth of Mechanical Application When Dealing with the Irrational

Dec 16, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Jim Glennon

"…the test of reasonableness under the Fourth Amendment is not capable of precise definition or mechanical application."100% of the people who give their opinions about an officer’s decision-making process and subsequent conduct during an interaction with a citizen captured on video, are giving those opinions in the aftermath. While viewing said video they are experiencing zero stress. As they sit sipping their extra-large Cinnamon Roll F... Full Article »

Is “Hero” Too Strong a Word?

Dec 15, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Scott Buhrmaster

If You Think So, You’re Out of Your Mind.A Christmas concert outside a Manhattan church this week ended in an encore of gunfire when a gunman with a lengthy criminal record, brandishing two semi-autos—one in each hand—and carrying a backpack with a can of gasoline, rope, wire, tape, knives and a Bible inside, began firing rounds, sending terrified concertgoers scrambling to get out of range or find some kind of cover.One elderly man... Full Article »

5 Universal Survival Lessons Learned from Assaults on Conservation Officers

Dec 14, 2020 in Uncategorized
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 »

Eat Right, Stay Alert

Dec 09, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Calibre Press

Ever find it difficult to rally the energy to get out of bed? Feeling sluggish during your shift and tired when you get home? Are you forgetful and finding it hard to concentrate? Maybe you’re not eating right.Here are some tips for using food and healthy eating habits to increase your level of energy and help you stay more alert so you’re better prepared to meet the physical and mental challenges that you face on the street.Start the... Full Article »

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

Dec 07, 2020 in Uncategorized
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:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYsLMeOydTQInitially, 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 »

What happened?

Dec 03, 2020 in Uncategorized
By Sgt. Jamie Borden (ret.)

As an experienced investigator, a national investigations trainer and an expert witness I have been directly involved in or evaluated scores of use-of-force investigations. Not surprisingly, a dominant mantra I consistently notice investigators repeating is, “What happened?” That’s a critical question, of course, but if it becomes the core question, we’re putting investigations, officers’ careers and lives – and the facts – at risk.... Full Article »

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