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How the ‘War for Talent’ Is Driving a Change in Identifying Leaders

Modern theories of effective hiring and promotion aim to start with the outcome in mind: keeping the agency’s mission at the forefront, and looking for traits that will contribute to the underlying strategies needed to achieve that mission. This article looks at recent changes in the U.S. Army’s approach to promotions and other personnel decisions, and how similar data-driven decision-making can help public safety organizations looking to identify and reward effective leaders within their ranks.

Failure to Train: Protecting Responder Organizations from a Shifting Legal Threat

As the nation debates the role of police in the community, efforts are underway to redefine the concept of qualified immunity and expand the degree to which public safety organizations are held accountable for the actions of their personnel. This paper traces the modern evolution of failure-to-train lawsuits against law enforcement and other public-sector entities, which effectively begins with 1989’s City of Canton v. Harris. From there, the legal concept of failure-to-train becomes a labyrinth of rules and procedures, with more changes on the horizon. Still, some key factors remain essential to organizations seeking both to prevent misconduct and to defend against allegations. One is effective and continuous training, and another is comprehensive, accurate, and easily accessible data recording that training. This paper presents a compelling case for the twin roles of training and documentation in the ever-shifting environment of public safety.

Avoiding the Perils of Siloization with Effective Training Management

For public and private organizations, overcoming so-called “information silos” (practices and policies that inhibit efficient information sharing) is a major concern. In first response, where documentation is heavy and digital systems often serve as islands unto themselves, the sense of urgency is even greater. Acadis, a Training Management System (TMS) designed to streamline and automate training processes, can help responder agencies overcome an area of response work fraught with “siloized” information—especially when used alongside its suite of powerful modules.

2020-06-01T11:18:02-04:00May 21st, 2018|Federal, Homeland Security & Defense|

Correctional Facilities Are Not Immune to Technology Needs — And Its Dependence Will Only Grow

The modern correctional industry is undergoing a full-scale tech revolution. But while other sectors of public safety have seen innovation in powerful gadgets, corrections is seeing some of its most powerful innovations in architecture, leveraging existing consumer technologies for industry usage, and "big data" analytics. And as these technologies continue to improve the quality of life for inmates, officers, and citizens alike, they will prove more indispensable with time.

2017-12-13T11:06:25-05:00December 13th, 2017|Corrections, Federal, General Public Safety, Local & Tribal, State|

Technology and the Fourth Amendment: Reconciling Law with the Digital Era

Technology and the tenets of American law do not always seamlessly intermesh. As several former and upcoming court cases show, the intersection between the two leads to inconsistent judicial interpretations and opinions. Getting the forces in lockstep will require patience, practice, and precedent. Considering that several emerging technologies currently operate in a gray area of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, the need to align the two is growing.

2019-01-29T10:57:25-05:00November 15th, 2017|Federal, Law Enforcement, Local & Tribal, State|
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