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

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.

Inmates trained in Fire, EMS benefit public safety

The positive outcomes of decades-long programs to train inmates in fire and EMS suggest education can be an effective method of significantly reducing recidivism.
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    Rise in body camera usage and support highlights challenges of mass implementation

Rise in body camera usage and support highlights challenges of mass implementation

As public support and grant funding continue to drive body cam adoption across the nation, departments must recognize both the challenges and limitations of implementing this technology. By investing time in policies at the outset, however, departments can effectively use body cams to manage their interactions and communications with the public.
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    Nationwide opioid epidemic requires new tactics and tools for police

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.
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    State of California Awards New Contract to Indiana-Based Envisage Technologies

State of California Awards New Contract to Indiana-Based Envisage Technologies

Envisage Technologies announced today that it has been awarded a new contract by the State of California’s Department of State Hospitals (DSH). As part of the contract, Envisage will implement the Acadis® Readiness Suite to replace DSH’s legacy training management system for their law enforcement division.
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    High stakes testing: What departments must know to get a step ahead of cheaters

High stakes testing: What departments must know to get a step ahead of cheaters

With information easier to share than ever before – whether through e-mail, text messaging, social media, or otherwise – recent cheating incidents involving public safety professionals serve as a grim reminder that high stakes testing procedures have not kept pace with advances in technology.
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    For police and other first responders, mental health calls remain a multifaceted issue

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.
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    Firefighters’ temperature: From inside the building to inside the body

Firefighters’ temperature: From inside the building to inside the body

In this webinar, Gavin Horn discusses cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks on today’s fireground and training ground. In particular, he discusses the impact of different fireground job assignments as well as suppression tactics.

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.
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    Wearable technology is maturing at the right time for public safety

Wearable technology is maturing at the right time for public safety

First Responders, as a group, have a unique relationship with technology. The ability to apply technology to fitness, training activities, and established procedures in the first responder field allows for the integration of many technological developments into every day practices. Much of the current excitement around wearable technology in fields like firefighting, emergency medical services, and law enforcement draws from this patience and past success. With enough time to iron out the technical, financial, and bureaucratic details surrounding them, off-the-shelf wearable gadgets and purpose-built tools—along with the software that runs on them—have a chance to realize their full potential.