Cross Training: The Risks and Rewards of Consolidating First Responder Skills

As those who work within the fire, law enforcement, and EMS fields know, there is very little middle ground between those who favor cross training—often referred to as “consolidation,” or the act of training one professional group with some combination of the other two groups’ skills—and those who oppose it. Voices on both sides of this debate make cogent points. Though the practice has recently come into vogue as a cost-cutting measure, communities may also utilize it as a talent- or staffing-optimization tool, among other uses. However, several potential risk factors and the need for a highly tailored deployment make initial success anything but guaranteed. The purpose of this report is to provide an objective overview on the topic, including relevant facts, comparison of success and failures, and takes on the opinions first responders have expressed regarding this contentious topic.

Envisage Technologies Named to Top Vendor List in Law Enforcement Software Market

Envisage Technologies, creators of the Acadis® Readiness Suite and FirstForward®—software solutions built to manage the complex training operations for law enforcement training environments—announced today that they have been named one of the “Top 20 Most Prominent Vendors” in Technavio’s Global Law Enforcement Software Market category. This list of current industry leaders, last compiled in 2016, is updated every five years.

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Spoliation: Why Even the Worst Training Records Are Better than No Records at All

Failure to manage training records correctly cannot only upend a department's ability to defend itself from criminal and civil claims, but can subject it to claims of spoliation. As the definition and consequences of spoliation continue to broaden, departments must ensure that their records management policies and systems are capable of providing them with the necessary layer of legal defensibility.

Nationwide opioid epidemic requires new tactics and tools for police

The national opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that inflicts unprecedented damage. Few see the communitywide impact of a drug epidemic like the people who play a key role in most of the criminal, civil, and health events connected to it. This unique relationship with the epidemic naturally carries a number of responsibilities.

For police and other first responders, mental health calls remain a multifaceted issue

Police have long struggled with effective ways to tailor standard training, skills, and protocol to mental health situations. And though no one individual solution for such a varied problem exists, specialized training—applied, at times, with alterations to department culture—is one way to ensure public safety officers are more prepared to respond to incidents in which mental health plays a role.

Verbal Judo fills a unique gap in de-escalation training

Common sense, empathy, and knowing when to use force are keys to understanding the art of Verbal Judo. Explore key issues in this overview of Verbal Judo methodology and how it is used as a tool for de-escalation and a measurement when use of force becomes a necessary course of action.

Private-Industry Management & Training Corporation Selects Acadis® Readiness Suite for Training Management

Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been chosen by private-industry Management & Training Corporation (MTC) to implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace their legacy training management systems for their corrections division.

Incident commander: increase effectiveness and efficiency through combined response

For some first responders, readiness means that everyone has completed all applicable training and certifications. For others, readiness is a team that is fully equipped with the tools and resources needed to fulfill their duties. From initial response to large scale incident management, the estimable readiness of personnel and equipment is always at the forefront of the commander’s mind.