Civilian Oversight Holds Promise for Police Accountability — but Problems Remain

Like body cameras, civilian review and oversight organizations have been viewed as a quick fix in the ongoing battle to improve relations between police and the public. The reality, however, leaves several unanswered questions, and little in the way of hard data to back up the practice’s effectiveness.

Training to improve communication and community education

In some areas of policing, the line between a training program and its outcome is as clear as it is reproducible. This cause-effect that is easily measured can make it easier for departmental decision-makers to choose the training their officers receive, and it gives those developing and presenting courses a top-of-the-list selling point. Other outcomes are more difficult to measure through the lens of training. Such is the case with police-community relations.

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.

Fire TCP Panel Discussion

The Fire Training Certification Program (Fire TCP) launch occurred on September 30, 2016. The panel was moderated by John Buckman and the panelists included: Leigh Hubbard (Executive Director of ISFSI), Steve Pegram (President of ISFSI – Chief of Goshen, OH Fire Department), Ari Vidali (CEO Envisage Technologies), Eddie Buchanan (Assistant Chief of Hanover Fire & EMS – Advisory for Fire Engineering and FDIC), and John Murphy (Legal Advisory for ISFSI).

Lessons from the court-martial: applying an impartial process to police misconduct

The current state of discipline in the police profession can be considered disorderly compared to the other professions and can affect public perception. The adoption of code of ethics and a strong, and independent misconduct review process is a potential way to overcome this challenge. This type of transparency can help to restore the public’s trust in our police officers.