For Responders, Vehicle Technology Provides a Vital Link in the Field

In a field known for its iconic technology, the vehicles first responders drive are arguably the most visible—and high-tech—tools of all. A slate of innovation has kept autos across branches highly capable, helping organizations with appropriate budget bandwidth achieve better support for their most important tasks.

2019-03-14T13:43:02-04:00February 27th, 2019|Community & Culture, Training & Equipment|

Law Enforcement Militarization is Complex, Polarizing—and Useful, in the Right Circumstances

The ongoing militarization of local and state law enforcement is a highly contentious topic—and one that cuts to the core of American opinion on law enforcement. Amidst a shifting cultural and political landscape, adopting a measured approach to militarization may help agencies attain both their goals and public support.

2019-02-13T10:50:15-04:00February 12th, 2019|Community & Culture, Training & Equipment|

Technology, Bureaucracy, and Training: The Three Tentpoles of Law Enforcement Accountability

Law enforcement accountability is not just a buzzword or a rallying cry for distraught citizens. It is a major point of focus for agencies and the people they serve. For agencies, achieving greater accountability often requires new techniques, technologies, and training strategies—an especially effective approach when used in combination.

With Little Predictive Capability, Police Turn to Evolved Training, Approach to Combat Active Shooters

Ever since the first recognized mass shooting event in the United in 1949, a continued uptick in active shooter activity has left law enforcement agencies at all levels to rethink their approach—an outcome that could result in fewer injuries and lives lost. With this unpreventable and often unpredictable crime wave on their hands, agencies are adopting a variety of strategies to keep their communities safe.

2018-11-29T15:39:13-04:00November 29th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Public Safety|

Remembering September 11: Seven Statistics That Matter

For many, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks is a time of deep remembrance. With the 17th anniversary drawing near and the 20th soon to follow, these seven statistics illustrate the sheer impact of the events — and the ways victims, responders, and their families continue to suffer nearly two decades removed.

Choosing a TMS: The Hidden Risks of Choosing “Generic” Software

Generic software is simple to use and built for a broad number of potential use cases, but that does not make it the best choice when choosing a training management system (TMS). The unique needs of public-sector organizations are best met by software built to serve the industry—a fact that holds both in the field and in the courtroom, where a lack of effective documentation can bring down even the most stringent training policies. This whitepaper will discuss the hidden and not-so-hidden downsides of “going generic” when considering a TMS by contrasting their value against purpose-built solutions, with topics that touch several aspects of first-response life: fieldwork, cybersecurity, certification, and learning exercises, among others.

“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.

2019-01-29T10:56:16-04:00August 7th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|

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.

2018-07-26T13:19:29-04:00July 24th, 2018|Community & Culture, General, Law Enforcement|