For the Cleveland Police Department, the officer-involved shooting of Tamir Rice at the hands of Timothy Loehmann was nothing short of a tragedy. For the rest of the nation’s departments, the organization’s activity in the years following the shooting should be a checklist of what police can do better when it comes to document management.
As most law enforcement personnel are aware, body cameras are a rapidly emerging technology, but with flaws that may be overlooked by the general public. However, inconsistent recording and video retention policies can do more harm to public perception than a lack of cameras altogether.
Issues of gender and race sit at the core of many concerns facing public safety agencies —particularly recruiting. While agencies wishing to refine their minority- or gender-based recruitment efforts face a challenge, the payoff for a successful effort is more than worth it.
Borne from a bureaucratic personnel issue turned tragedy, the San Jose Police Department’s “Field Training Plans” are arguably the most influential addition to industry training protocol in half a century—and undoubtedly the most widespread. Using their Field Training and Evaluation Program as a starting point, this paper will discuss the practice, its influence, and the positive impact technology can have in its continued evolution
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) established national standards for prisons, jails, community confinement facilities, and lockups to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. A significant focus was placed on transgender and intersex individuals, requiring the development of policies, procedures, practices, and training to meet those standards. Listen in to hear how corrections professionals manage transgender populations in correctional environments. Learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections addressed these challenges by joining us for a free webinar, Transgender Populations In Corrections, presented by David Radziewicz, PREA Coordinator for PA DOC.
The recently passed bipartisan First Step Act is expected to reduce recidivism and redefine sentencing laws. For a corrections industry at the center of the recidivism cycle, the next few months should be informative—and possibly industry-shaping.
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.
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.
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.
As the past five years have shown, community policing is more than a buzzword — it is a legitimate movement within the law enforcement world. As more agencies adopt the philosophy and its tenets, on-demand training will provide much of the content that makes topical training possible.