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“Golden State Killer” Arrest Highlights Benefits, Challenges of Cold Case Investigation

For California law enforcement, the stunning announcement that the alleged “Golden State Killer” (also known as the Original Night Stalker) was arrested brought a storybook ending to two-plus decades of investigation. Looking past the media fanfare and controversy surrounding the arresting team’s DNA-checking techniques, the news also brought cold case investigation to the forefront of public imagination: a highly popular, often misunderstood niche of the larger law enforcement world.

2018-08-09T15:17:13+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|

Think You’re Hot? So Does Cancer

Firefighter cancer rates can be up to twice as high as those experienced by the average U.S. worker, and a Cancer Firefighter Support Network study shows that with every five degree increase in skin temperature, absorption of dangerous chemicals increases by 400%. Therefore, it's critical for firefighters to track their exposure to extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, and hazardous conditions. Using this exposure information to show probabilities of future health issues can be key to the early intervention that may prolong the lives and careers of firefighters.

Transparency is Only One Tool in Shattering the “Blue Wall of Silence”

Public trust in police is volatile. A single action can have repercussions nationwide, and law enforcement cultures that overemphasize silence and loyalty can further damage public perception. While transparency measures are a good step toward rebuilding trust, they are not the only tool departments can use—nor should they be treated as such.

2018-07-26T13:19:29+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase Acadis

For first response organization, a training management system (TMS) encompasses a lot more than training. Choosing an upgrade means choosing a system that can add efficiency, flexibility, and utility to multiple arms of the organization—especially when that platform is as powerful and versatile as the Acadis® Readiness Suite, Envisage’s flagship system. Read on for just ten of many reasons Acadis is the TMS for your agency’s future.

Why On-Demand Training Makes More Sense Than Ever

Online training has continually evolved since its inception, and on-demand delivery has seen particular improvement in recent years. The format boasts significant benefits over classroom-based courses and instructor-led online modules, making it a critical part of the agency’s larger training efforts—and a quick way to standardize and improve the education personnel receive.

2018-07-06T11:02:03+00:00 June 6th, 2018|General, Product News, Readiness, Training & Equipment|

Gender in First Response: How Biology and Physiology Shape Male and Female Responders

Gender politics project a considerable presence in most of the working world. So too do ills associated with gender, like sexual harassment and discrimination. The resultant effect is especially pronounced in historically male-dominated fields such as first response, where biases in hiring and testing practices have contributed to an ongoing, undeniable gender gap. Physiological, mental, and societal differences between males and females may further contribute, as can the broad, often volatile range of opinions surrounding gender issues. This paper will explore the biological and societal aspect of first response’s gender gap, reflecting on scientific research, statistical analysis, and real-world examples to provide context and factual basis; it will then discuss the benefits of a gender-aware approach to the hiring and continued employment of first responders of both genders.

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.

2018-05-22T12:34:13+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Professionalism, Training & Equipment|